Last March, people were definitely can’t stop talking about Netflix’s attention-grabbing documentary film called Seaspiracy. The one-hour and twenty-nine-minute-long film tells a story about the dirty operation of the fishing industry in the world. Even some people said that they now look differently at the seafood delicacies that they usually enjoyed after found out about the cruel facts of the fishing business.
If you’re a fan of documentaries that focus on nature and its problematic human-made problems, here are eight best ones that you must watch:
Climate Change: The Facts (2019)
This movie is perfect for those who are not yet familiar with climate change and global warming. Released in 2019, the one-hour film is packed with comprehensive information about climate change including interviews with famous experts, such as nature scientist James Hansen and environment activist Greta Thunberg. The film, produced by BBC, is presented by Sir David Attenborough, a well-known British journalist and environmental activist.
Chasing Ice (2012)
This is one of many documentaries produced by National Geographic. Chasing Ice tells a story of the melting of a glacier in the Arctic as the effect of climate change. To capture the process—and to show us how alarming this event, National Geographic’s photographer, James Balog, planted several time-lapse cameras in the Arctic. It’s so harrowing and will make you want to do something to stop climate change.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
The Academy Award-winning movie will tickle your senses with how real climate change is. This film follows the journey of Al Gore’s (45th vice president of United States) campaign about climate change and directed by Davis Guggenheim. Through his vision, Davis successfully shows how the overconsumption of fossil fuel, the increase of CO2 emission could lead to global warming—a term that was quite unheard of back then.
Our Planet (2019)
When it was released in 2019, the Netflix documentary limited series got the world’s attention—especially amongst youngsters. People praised the series and went crazy on social media especially during the heart-wrenching episode where walruses scaling a cliff, then failing to their death. This horrible scene happened because the mammals were looking for a place to breed as floating ice is now rarely found in their area because of global warming.
Before the Flood (2016)
As quoted from the official website, “Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.” If that doesn’t make you want to watch the film, then think about the truth behind climate change as he, along with scientists, uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction.
A Plastic Ocean (2016)
If you’re a beach lover or a diving aficionado, A Plastic Ocean may be a little hard to watch. The Netflix production movie shows the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there. The documentary follows the journey of a filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel around the world to unveil the ugly truth about plastic pollution.
Paris to Pittsburgh (2018)
In 2017, the world was shocked by United States President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would cease all participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, contending that the agreement would “undermine” the U.S. economy, and put the U.S. “at a permanent disadvantage. This documentary tells a follow-up of the shocking event where the Mayor of Pittsburgh decided that his city will stay in the agreement and do climate change mitigation. A decision that then followed by several cities in the United States. In the film, you can see how devoted individuals, backed up by scientists, geologists, politicians, and activists, show us the effect of climate change in several states across the United States.
This documentary tries to answer one question: how our world would look in 20 years if we consistently implementing current technologies in mitigating climate change? Damon Gameau, an Australian filmmaker travels around the world to meet with people behind their inventions on cutting emissions, erasing carbon emission from the system as well as rocking the economy. The solutions to climate change are shown in the movie, from the use of renewable energy, sustainable farming, marine permaculture to the use of electric vehicles as well as optimizing mass transport.