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15 Climate Change Documentaries You Must Watch

15 Climate Change Documentaries You Must Watch

In the days where damage from climate change is skyrocketing, emphasizing taking action to it is never enough. One way to raise the alarm about climate change is spreading various content, which makes a documentary a perfect example. Well-made documentaries have the power of conveying complicated topics in a lively, easy, and entertaining way.

So we selected 15 documentaries about climate change that show the seriousness of climate change. The merits of watching these documentaries are that it doesn’t put us into despair by showing the hopeless future caused by climate change. Those also show the ways to avoid it based on the massive research.  

Breaking Boundaries | 2021

David Attenborough and scientist Johan Rockström examine Earth's biodiversity collapse and how this crisis can still be averted.

Available on Netflix

Seaspiracy |  2021

Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species - and uncovers alarming global corruption.

 Available on Netflix

I am Greta | 2020

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta—a shy student with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.

Available on Hulu

Takeout | 2020

War is being waged on the Amazon forest. Filmmaker Michal Siewierski embarks on an audacious journey to expose the connection between the Amazon fires and our food choices.

Available on Amazon

Our Planet | 2019

Experience our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.

Available on Netflix

2040 | 2019

Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

Available on Amazon

Paris to Pittsburgh | 2018

As the weather grows more deadly and destructive, Americans are demanding solutions to climate change — and they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Available on Amazon

Chasing Coral | 2017

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Available on Netflix

A Plastic Ocean | 2016

Journalist Craig Leeson teams up with diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans.

Available on Netflix

Before the Flood | 2016

Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change.

Available on Amazon

The True Cost | 2015

This is a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry has on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing?

Available on Amazon

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret | 2014

Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet's natural resources -- and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.

Available on Netflix

Chasing Ice | 2012

In Chasing Ice, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog, once a skeptic about climate change, deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Available on Amazon

Climate Refugees | 2010

Climate Refuges is a documentary film that uncovers the unbelievable plight of people around the world displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. The documentary illuminates for the first time the human face of climate change as civilization now finds itself facing the confluence of overpopulation, lack of resources and a changing climate. Traveling the world and interviewing several of the 25 million climate refugees now on the run, along with scholars, politicians and the like, Climate Refugees bring to light the heart-wrenching truth of what is quickly becoming mankind's greatest challenge.

Available on Amazon

An Inconvenient Truth | 2006

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Available on Amazon

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