We all know that knowledge is power and in the case of protecting the planet, the more we know about our impact, the better. As Einstein once said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to have when we created them.” From the true cost of fashion to unearthing the planet’s best-kept sustainability practices, here’s a list with the must-watch documentaries available right now.
1) Down to Earth
The Netflix docuseries based on wellness and sustainability brings the American heartthrob Zac Efron in search of healthier ways of living – for us and for the planet – in a journey across the world. Efron, who is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, travels to a number of destinations to learn about wellbeing and environmental efforts across different cultures.
2) Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
If you’ve ever had doubts about the ethical and environmental impact of animal farming, this eye-opening documentary is sure to change your mind. From air pollution to deforestation to a significant loss of biodiversity, filmmaker Kip Andersen investigates one of the leading contributors to climate change – livestock. After watching this, you might consider a plant-based diet.
3) The Biggest Little Farm
An inspiring and informative documentary spotlighting the highs and lows of sustainable farming, it follows the journey of John and Molly Chester as they up sticks to a 200-acre farm in California, transforming it into a biodiverse and environmentally-friendly estate.
4) Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things
A self-explanatory title. A documentary about living with less and why it’s beneficial for both us and the planet. If you think you’ve been spending much time and money in consumerism, this one’s an eye-opening watch.
5) Our Planet
David Attenborough narrates this eight-part nature documentary, journeying from ‘frozen worlds’ devastatingly submissive to climate change, to jungles and rainforests filled with fascinating creatures. Each episode celebrates our environment while reminds us of the importance of safeguarding it.
6) The Ivory Game
This documentary explores the poaching of elephants for their ivory and those who are the center of this criminal market. From Kenya to Hong Kong, directors undergo a 16-month investigation into elephant poaching and ivory smuggling, informing and inspiring action in order to preserve the species.
7) Chasing Coral
Winner of the US Documentary Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Chasing Coral explores the earth’s fascinating underwater ecosystems and the calamitous threats because of climate change.
8) The True Cost
A fashion-focused documentary that questions the true cost of our clothing, it uncovers the devastating ethical and environmental impact of clothes manufacturing, particularly in developing countries. From factory collapses to destruction of the natural environment, this alarming documentary will make you think twice before buying new clothes.
A combination of climate change, habitat loss, pesticides and more are causing the collapse of bee colonies, which are essential to a healthy environment and healthy economy.
10) Before the Flood
Leonardo DiCaprio steps out of his comfort zone to uncover the cataclysmic effects of climate change, following a three-year journey across the world. Disaffirming politicians and non-believers are put into question, while scientists share insights on the matter.