I have to admit, I’m not much of a reader. I wish I was, but I guess you could say I’m too easily distracted! Put me in front of a good documentary though, and I’m hooked! Especially this time of year. You can frequently find me bundled up on the couch watching TV. With that in mind, I thought I would pull together a list of my favorite environmental documentaries for you to watch.
One of my favorites has always been Planet Earth. The 11-part series is shot entirely in high definition, and it’s extraordinarily beautiful. It features all types of terrains and wildlife from all over the world, and it reminds me why the earth is worth preserving.
Another good one is Bag It. Bag It is about an average guy (with a sense of humor) that makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. You’ll learn a lot about plastics as you embark on this journey with him, and his experience is inspirational and thought-provoking.
Lastly, I recommend a documentary called No Impact Man. It’s about a guy that swears off plastic, goes organic, turns off his power, and basically goes “off the grid” for an entire year in New York City. In other words, he wants to see if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment, so that means no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television, and so on. It’s pretty hilarious to see how his wife copes with this, but it also gives an interesting look into just how much our daily actions impact the planet.
You can buy or rent any of these online, or reserve them at your local library! I hope you enjoy them!
-Contributed by Brooke Lehenbauer, Volunteer Coordinator