Top 5 Environmental Documentary Picks

After watching Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Before the Flood’, I embarked on a harrowing environmental documentary binge. As a way of promoting these films and spreading climate change awareness, I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 picks:

Netflix and Chill: Chasing Ice

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‘The calving of a massive glacier believed to have produced the ice that sank the Titanic is like watching a city break apart’

Jeff Orlowski’s ‘Chasing Ice’ is as terrifying as it is moving. Shot with time lapse technology, the footage is extraordinary – horrifying and beautiful in equal measures. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.

Netflix and Kill: Cowspiracy

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‘You can’t call yourself an environmentalist and eat meat. Period.’

Pour yourself a stiff drink before watching this one. It’s a fearless eye-opening documentary which reveals the brutal truth behind the meat industry’s relationship with   major environmental organisations. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, omnivore or something in between, ‘Cowspiracy’ is a must-watch.

Netflix and Drill: GasLand

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‘… we’ll figure out a solution without destroying the things we love.’

Although a lot has changed since the 2010 release of ‘GasLand’, it remains a deeply alarming, relevant and informative documentary. In addition to exposing the impact fracking has on the planet, ‘GasLand’ also uncovers the danger it holds over public health. I learned a hell of a lot watching this one.

Netflix and Grill: Food Choices

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‘… what we eat, determines how the whole planet is used.’

If you want to be shocked, watch ‘Cowspiracy’, if you want to feel enlightened, watch ‘Food Choices’. Through interviews with doctors, athletes, bloggers, activists, ‘Food Choices’ examines the benefits of a planet-based diet, not only for our health, but also the planet’s and the welfare of animals.

Netflix and Krill: Mission Blue

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‘No ocean, no life. No ocean, no us.’

‘Mission Blue’ documents the remarkable life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Her gumption, passion and love of adventure is truly inspiring – it’s impossible not to be charmed by her and her stories. However, this documentary is much more than a biographical account. It rather broadcasts the painful truth regarding humanity’s poor treatment of the ocean. It’s shocking, enthralling and moving.

 

 

 

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