There are lots of different ways to educate yourself on climate change and issues of sustainability so we have out together a summer watch list of documentaries, series and films for you to enjoy whilst educating yourself on sustainability. This list is by no means comprehensive but is just to give you an idea of some of things you can watch about different issues.
An Inconvenient Truth: A documentary in which Al Gore (former presidential candidate in the US) that aims to educate people about global warming with the backdrop of the political climate at the time.
An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth of Power: A documentary sequel that sees Al Gore tracking the progress made so far and his efforts to persuade global government leaders to invest in renewable energy.
Before the Flood: A documentary film that sees Leonardo DiCaprio visiting various regions of the globe to explore the impact of global warming.
The True Cost: A documentary film that focuses on fast fashion and the dangers of the industry from production to the after-effects.
Chasing Ice: A documentary demonstrating the impact that climate change has on Greenland, Iceland and Alaska through time-lapse photography.
A Beautiful Planet: A documentary recorded by astronauts abroad the International Space Station that is partly about their experience but also their view of earth and why we should look after it instead of killing it.
The 11th Hour: A documentary that provides a look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s ecosystems.
Cowspiracy: A documentary that explains how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources and how this crisis isn’t being talked about by major environmental groups.
Chasing Coral: A documentary where divers, scientists and photographers from around the world show the viewer exactly what is happening to the coral, from bleaching to ultimately disappearing.
The Biggest Little Farm: A documentary following John Chester and his wife Molly as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles, California.
A Plastic Ocean: A documentary that explores the fragile state of our oceans, uncovers the alarming truths about plastic pollution and reveals working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
Mission Blue: A documentary that follows a oceanographer’s campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as overfishing and toxic waste.
Minimalism: A documentary that explores the foundations of minimalism and why living a minimalist lifestyle is becoming more and more attractive to people.
Years of Living Dangerously: A documentary series focusing on global warming, using celebrity hosts with a history in environmental activism and well-known journalists with a background in environment reporting.
Broken: A documentary series that investigates the negligence and deceit in the production and marketing of popular consumer items that can result in dire outcomes not just for the consumer but also for the planet.
Rotten: A documentary series that goes deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal the unsavoury truths about the food we eat, as well as expose the hidden forces that shape what we eat.
Pandemic: This documentary series was released back in February, so is eerily timed but also demonstrates how prepared the world actually was to deal with a global outbreak, before we actually saw it unfold in front of our eyes.
Our Planet: A documentary series that explores our planet’s natural beauty and then examines how climate change impacts all creatures that inhabit our earth.
Frozen Planet: A documentary series which focuses on life and the environment, especially the changes being seen, in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Blue Planet: A documentary series that is seen as the first comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s ocean.
Blue Planet II: A documentary series that is seen as a sequel to Blue Planet, which explores the world’s marine life over a decade after the original series.
Planet Earth: A documentary series that explores the planet to places untouched by humanity and shows the habitats and different types of the wildlife that we share our home with.
Planet Earth II: A documentary series that tracks the changes of the wonders shown in the original series, using the changes in technology to go further than the previous series.
Interstellar: A Sci-Fi film which is set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive and follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humanity.
Beasts of the Southern Wild: A Drama film that sees a six-year-old girl learn about courage and love in the face of melting ice-caps that flood her bayou community.
Snowpiercer: Both a Sci-Fi film and a Sci-Fi series of the same name where the world has frozen over and last surviving humans live on a giant train circling the globe.
The Day After Tomorrow: A Sci-Fi disaster film that depicts a catastrophic climatic effects following the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and lead to a new ice age.