5 eye-opening environmental documentaries you should watch right now

It’s undeniable that we’re facing the biggest environmental challenge humanity has ever seen. Climate change is real and it’s happening at a pace faster than we can imagine. The first step towards doing anything about this environmental emergency is recognising its existence.

This World Environment Day, we recommend watching these five documentaries that will inspire you to take action.

  1. Seaspiracy

Where to stream: Netflix

Ali Tabrizi, a child who loved the seas, the oceans, and the life beneath them, grew up to learn about the conspiracies that impact their health. The documentary shows his journey of discovering the human impact on marine life. With heart-breaking and real visuals, Ali has exposed the ill practices of the fishing industry, a major cause of the extinction of various marine species. Their extinction not only destroys the aquatic life but the life on land as well. Watch the ninety-minute documentary to learn how human existence depends on marine life and what is the only solution to help prevent their extinction. 

  1. Before The Flood

Where to stream: Disney+ Hotstar 

“Climate change is real and is happening right now. It’s the most urgent threat facing our entire species.” These words from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-winning speech resonate with this 2016 documentary that unfolds the darkest truths of climate change. Produced and presented by Dicaprio, it follows his three-year journey attempting to document the devastating impact of the environmental crisis. His collection of interviews – from Barack Obama and the Pope through climate leaders from India and China – will help you grasp the magnitude of climate change and how we all can come together to reverse its impact. Highly recommended!

  1. The Year Earth Changed

Where to stream: Apple TV+ 

The Year Earth Changed is an AppleTV+ production and is one of the sweetest documentaries for animal and wildlife lovers. Filmed during the pandemic of 2020 and narrated by David Attenborough, this documentary beautifully captures the positive changes in wildlife behaviour across the globe due to reduced human intervention during the lockdown. The stunning visuals and the breathtaking locations make this a must-watch while leaving you with a lot of bittersweet thoughts.

  1. Kiss the Ground

Where to stream: Netflix

An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson, that chronicles the healing power of the soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis. A beautifully made movie that teaches and reminds us of the fundamentals of life. Kiss the Ground will fill you with the hope that uniting with nature and its creatures will transform our world for good. One noteworthy takeaway from this documentary: Heal the soil, heal the planet! 

  1. David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet 

Where to stream: Netflix A Life On Our Planet is a powerful first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature told by Sir Attenborough himself. It tells the story of how much the planet has changed during the 95-year-old naturalist’s lifetime – and how the clock is ticking for the planet. This moving documentary, however, also brings hope about the positive movements happening around the world and inspires us to care for the planet a little more. A must-watch!