Today, Saturday 22nd April, people around the world are celebrating Earth Day – and there are plenty of documentaries which will open your eyes, and hopefully inspire you to do your bit for the environment.
Whether it’s learning about the impact melting glaciers will have on the world in Chasing Ice, or how we can help the environment by going meat or dairy free once a week in Cowspiracy, there are a whole host of documentaries that will help you become more environmentally friendly, one step at a time:
A Plastic Ocean
A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions
This documentary follows Oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as overfishing and toxic waste.
Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a sceptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breath-taking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his wellbeing in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon- powered planet.
COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a ground-breaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
This new ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet.
Antarctic Edge: 70° South
Antarctic Edge: 70° South is a thrilling journey to the bottom of the Earth alongside a team of dedicated scientists. In the wake of devastating climate events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, oceanographer Oscar Schofield teams up with a group of world-class researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. For more than 20 years, these scientists have dedicated their lives to studying the Peninsula’s rapid change as part of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Project.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front is the remarkable story of the group’s rise and fall, told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF. Using never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews — with cell members and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them — IF A TREE FALLS asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.
Earth from Above
The Earth as never seen before. This exhilarating film will take your breath away with awe-inspiring images of the earth along with its flora and fauna. Inspired by the best-selling book and exhibition that drew over 60 million people, Earth From Above, is a magical tour of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes shot in dazzling High Definition. Hosted by world-famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, this program features some of the most stunning aerial photography ever attempted. From the Earth’s deepest oceans to its staggering mountain heights…from the wild African savannah to the frozen wonderland of Antarctica…take an unforgettable and breath-taking journey as you discover the beauty of the planet’s astonishing landscapes and extraordinary people.
This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
The Future of Water
A look at the deeply intertwined history of humanity and freshwater reveals looming challenges that could upend power structures around the world.
Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed the stay alive.