Ah, quarantine — no better time to catch up on that environmental film you’ve been wanting to watch! Here’s a list of some of my favorites, and some I need to watch, too!
Explore the D.C. Environmental Film Festival (2020) [free, some paid options]
Since it was canceled, most films are available for free! It features amazing climate docs like Under Thin Ice and Open Water, as well as TONS of conservation, environmental justice, and energy titles. Better get started! It’s running online through March 31.
Dark Waters (2019) [Amazon, $5.99 to rent]
There has never been a more poignant time to watch this movie, if I do say so myself.
There’s Something in the Water (2019) [Netflix]
Directed by Ellen Page, this movie delves into environmental racism and its health impacts in Nova Scotia. Spoiler alert — there’s something in the water.
Ice on Fire (2019) [HBO]
If you want a solutions-oriented movie, this one is for you! I’ll be watching this soon, so look out for the blog post!
RiverBlue (2016) [Amazon, $4.99 to rent]
This documentary gives us a look into the dirty business of the fashion industry, as seen through rivers. More info on that here! Also on my list to watch.
A Plastic Ocean (2016) [free, Netflix]
This has been on my watchlist for a while. Since it came out in 2016, I’m interested to see what changes we have made (for better or worse!) since then.
Chasing Coral (2017) [free, Netflix]
This amazing documentary about the death (and life!) of the world’s coral due to coral bleaching is free to watch. You don’t want to miss it.
Chasing Ice (2012) [Amazon, $3.99 to rent]
The first time I watched this film was at the AGU conference back in 2012, and honestly — jumpstarted my climate action. It’s that powerful!
Story of Stuff (2009 and beyond) [free, YouTube]
If you haven’t watched this classic, it’s time! This short film delves into our production and consumption patterns. And even though it was filmed in 2009, it still rings true today. If you like this series, also check out the Story of Bottled Water or watch their entire playlist! They have videos on microfibers, electronics, and more! And keep an eye out for their next film coming soon — The Story of Plastic (what else??).
The Plastic Problem (2019) [free, PBS NewsHour]
And if you’re into learning about plastic (we all know I am), check out this reported movie on the impact plastics have had on our lives. I’ll be watching soon, too!
Before the Flood (2016) [buy or rent on YouTube, free on Disney+]
This was one of my favorite climate movies ever. If that isn’t the recommendation you needed, check it out for yourself.
The Lorax (2012) [Amazon, $3.99 to rent]
This 2012 adaptation is a step up from speaking for the trees — this Lorax speaks for the planet amidst plastic pollution and consumerism! A great movie to watch with your kids, too.
Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list!
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Great list! Definitely going to check out all the free ones in my free time 😉