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6 Documentaries on Climate Change You Need to Watch

Climate change films to watch | Net Impact

6 Documentaries on Climate Change You Need to Watch

As temperatures and pollution rates around the world continue to rise, many people are wondering what they can do about climate change. Becoming educated and informed about a topic is the first step in change. 

Entertainment is an easily digestible form of media that allows people to become educated on topics in a captivating, interesting way. Here are 6 documentaries that you can watch to become better informed on the realities of climate change.


Chasing Coral (2017)

Chasing Coral | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix 

The ocean is a beautiful, yet mysterious place. Chasing Coral is a documentary that focuses on a part of the ocean that is quickly diminishing in places across the globe - coral reefs. Shot over a period of 3 years, a team of divers, scientists, and photographers look into the reasons for why these coral reefs are vanishing and gives possible solutions to combat this alarming phenomenon. By tying the phenomenon to human action, the documentary  provides a sense of accountability for the continued disappearance of coral reefs around the world. Watch this documentary to learn more about “coral bleaching” and what steps are being taken to save this natural place of beauty. 


Our Planet (2019)

Our Planet | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

For a look at the diverse wonder of the world, watch Our Planet. Our Planet is a comprehensive deep dive into various ecosystems around the world, and gives insight on the conservation efforts to save them. From the jungle to the grasslands, the arctic to the ocean, the documentary focuses on the great impact that humans and climate change have on various environments and their inhabitants. In collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, Our Planet is a great documentary exposing how climate change has affected and will continue to affect the world.


Before the Flood (2016)

Before the Flood - Trailer | National Geographic

Before the Flood investigates the detrimental effects of climate change around the globe. In collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio and featuring big names like Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and Elon Musk, the film exposes the way that corporations and businesses have benefited from systems that largely contribute to climate change. An idea that many climate change documentaries don’t cover is considered in the documentary - carbon tax. Before the Flood is an informative, entertaining documentary that warns of unsustainable living environments if climate change continues on its current route. 


RiverBlue (2016)

RiverBlue - Official Trailer

RiverBlue looks at how the fast fashion industry has contributed to the degradation and pollution of bodies of water across the globe. By exposing the chemical manufacturing process and disposal of chemical wastes into bodies of water, the documentary shows how environments and communities around the world are negatively affected by the fashion and textile industries. The fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to pollution, and the film acts as a call for systematic change that will help to revitalize the world’s rivers and water sources. 


Normal is Over: The Movie 1:1 (2019)

Trailer Normal Is Over The Movie 1.1,©2019 

Normal is Over is a documentary that focuses on the various issues present in the world and how they are connected. Climate change, species extinction, resource depletion, disease prevalence, and socioeconomic issues are interconnected and contribute to the degradation of ecosystems.  In addition to looking at the problems present in our world, the film looks at how people across the globe are making conscious decisions to combat climate change. Everything is connected, and this film does a great job of showing how actions are dependent on and play off of each other. 


2040 (2019)

2040 - Official Trailer

2040 is a more positive look at the outcome of the world. By investing in sustainable solutions and making conscious, active efforts to reduce carbon levels in the atmosphere, the film provides solutions that could help the world and its communities combat climate change. Structured as a letter to his 4-year old daughter, Damon Gameau suggests that technologies like renewable energy and electric transportation can help to steer us off the path of an unsustainable future. This optimistic view of our future provides hope that we can make our world healthier and liveable for future generations. 

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