24 Documentaries About Climate Change to Watch While in Self-Quarantine
You're home alone and you can't even put your hands on your face like Macaulay Culkin! Fret not, we've got you covered. There are tons of great documentaries out there about climate change that are streaming on an app near your favorite place to quarantine - aka Home. Documentaries are a great way to pass the time, learn something and digest what's going on in this crazy, mixed-up world. Here are 20 docs got to see!
1. This Changes Everything
This film is based on Naomi Klein’s bestseller and shadows people from all over the world as they are confronted with the challenges of climate change.
Soil loss, climate change, pesticides – these are all problems of the US agricultural system that need to be tackled to provide food to Americans in the future. Sustainable takes a closer look at the environmental aspect of the American food system.
3. The True Cost
If you are interested in the dark side of the fashion industry, then this documentary is a must for you. It gives the inside scoop on the environmental impact of fast fashion and the industry's unethical labour conditions.
4. Before the Flood
THE documentary about climate change. Follow Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio himself as he learns about the impacts and causes of our changing climate.
5. Planet Earth II
Planet Earth II is the sequel to the 2006 nature documentary, Planet Earth. In this film, the legendary David Attenborough guides us through our planet's varied ecosystems – from islands to cities. The docu-series does an incredible job of showing the effects of climate change on animals and ecosystems.
6. Blue Planet II
If you loved Blue Planet and Planet Earth, you'll love Blue Planet II. This BBC production with music from Hans Zimmer shows us how overfishing, climate change and plastic pollution affects our oceans.
7. Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things
Shocked about overflowing landfills, plastic pollution and fast fashion? Minimalism is the antidote to overconsumption.
8. Chasing Coral
For three years, this Netflix Original documentary follows scientists, photographers and divers as they investigate the disappearance of coral reefs.
9. Stacey Dooley: Fashion's Dirty Secrets
If The True Cost didn't convince you to change your shopping habits, this BBC documentary will. Watch as British journalist, Stacey Dooley uncovers what our fast fashion addiction is doing to the planet.
10. Ice on Fire
Another eye-opening documentary on climate change. Ice on Fire follows visionaries and scientists as they work on newly developed technologies that could reverse global warming.
11. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
This film investigates the negative environmental impacts of animal agriculture including climate change, deforestation and water scarcity.
12. A Plastic Ocean
In this award-winning film, scientists, divers, journalists and filmmakers join forces to document the effects of plastic pollution on our oceans and highlight viable solutions and cutting-edge technologies that may bring our oceans back from the brink of disaster.
13. More Than Honey
Bees are important for humanity’s food production, yet they are disappearing globally. More Than Honey tries to find out why.
14. The Age of Mankind
Learn more about the proposed new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – and how humans have been altering the Earth’s ecosystems and geology through environmental exploitation.
15. How to Change the World
This film documents Greenpeace's earliest days as a group of friends and how they improvised their way into starting a global movement.
16. Surviving Progress
A documentary that shows environmental degradation from a different point of view - suggesting humanity is thinking short-term, which will come to haunt us in the future.
17. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
As the name indicates, Truth to Power is the sequel to the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It follows former American Vice President Al Gore as he voyages around the world to motivate climate activists and influence climate policy.
The textile industry is polluting rivers across the world - namely those in China, Bangladesh and India - through the disposal of toxic chemicals used to dye and treat clothing. This 2017 Canadian documentary explores the dire consequences.
19. Chasing Ice
As you might have guessed, Chasing Coral was made by the same director as the 2012 documentary Chasing Ice. This time, the camera followed James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey as they set out to capture a multiyear record of the world's changing glaciers.
20. Mission Blue
This film follows the extraordinary life and work of legendary oceanographer and TED prize winner, Dr. Sylvia Earle.
21. Racing Extinction
In Racing Extinction, a group of activists, nature photographers, scientists, and inventors infiltrate the world’s most dangerous blank markets and uncover the dark world of wildlife trafficking. Using cutting-edge technologies, the film reveals footage that will change the way we see the world and give a voice to the many species on the verge of extinction.
22. The Cove
Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos to expose a gruesome secret – the mass capture and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
The critically-acclaimed film tells the story of story of Tilikum - an orca held by SeaWorld - and the controversy over captive killer whales.
24. The Game Changers
UFC fighter James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. The film showcases elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.