Sometimes, we can learn a lot about the environment simply by watching TV. So we pulled together a list of documentaries you might be interested in.
One of our 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 The 11th Hour narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, the film addresses global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats. The film ends by proposing potential solutions to these problems by encouraging social responsibility and conservation. It’s quite similar to An Inconvenient Truth which is another good one.
My last suggestion may be less familiar to you. It’s called No Impact Man, and 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!