Movies and documentaries that showcase recent developments, explore innovations in sustainability and address important issues are an easy and great way to get more perspective into the changing conditions of our planet. They allow you to witness the works of great researchers & scientists without having to leave the comfort of your homes.
If you aren’t much of a reader but still seek insights into the challenges of climate change, depleting world resources and ecosystems at risk, this list of acclaimed documentaries is just what you need:
Before The Flood
In this documentary, Leonardo DiCaprio visits scientists and political leaders to understand exactly what issues global warming is causing. It highlights the problems associated with global warming on a broader level but does not provide much information on what we as individuals can do to prevent this.
A Plastic Ocean
Focusing on plastic pollution in the ocean, this documentary showcases the effects of plastic on marine wildlife and includes the problems faced by those who live on plastic-filled islands.
The True Cost
The fashion industry is known to be a huge contributor to waste and is also infamous for horrible work conditions. This documentary looks at the 'true cost' of every piece of clothing we purchase and the effects it can have on our health, and the environment.
This movie showcases the effects of landfills on the environment and our health. It focuses on the toxins found in our garbage and how they can dramatically affect our bodies. It also focuses on global zero-waste initiatives.
Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things
This documentary focuses on low waste living and minimalism from the point of view of two men-Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who decide to give up their regular lifestyle and cut down to only those things that are essential and give them happiness. They also advocate why everyone should strive for a minimal lifestyle.
This much-raved Netflix documentary talks about how fishing activities affect our environment. It addresses the human impact on marine life and makes a case for ending fish consumption altogether.
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Plastic Paradise talks about the impact of plastic on the Pacific Garbage Patch and surrounding areas. This movie focuses on the plastic that ocean creatures consume and how it also ends up in our food. It will also bust the myths about the garbage patch that’s visible from space and show you what a plastic-filled ocean actually looks like.
This documentary goes in-depth into the problems with our current food system and how it affects our health. This movie covers all kinds of agriculture including sustainable ways to raise animals for meat and dairy use. It has interviews from organic farmers too and makes a case for how organic farming practices can sustain our population as well as the environment.
This documentary takes a look at our entire food chain from farm to table, and the role of larger corporations in chemicals used in farming, genetic modifications, and more. Food Inc. will give you a newfound love for local food and increase your desire to know the source behind the things you eat!
An Inconvenient Truth
This documentary is widely recognized as one of the best documentaries on climate change, featuring Al Gore. It explains climate change in a simple manner and contains footage, narration, and clips from various TED talks as well.
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