For conscious people, documentaries play an integral role for better informing themselves and raising awareness amongst their friends and families. No doubt the streaming culture has given rise to a new generation of documentary lovers. Documentaries helps us be better informed than ever. However, with the number of options out there, it can be difficult navigating the sea of choice.
That’s why we have prepared this list with some of the best picks to get a rounded view on the problems of today as well as potential solutions.
A Plastic Ocean | 2016
The documentary A Plastic Ocean by, Craig Lesson talks about the problem of trash specifically plastic in the world. It starts with them doing a scuba dive to the bottom of the ocean and seeing how there are a lot of plastic bottles and it shows that you really can’t go anywhere without seeing plastic in the world. It also shows that there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic that float in the ocean. The next part shows a shipping place from China that spilled five containers full of nettles which are really small plastic pellets that are used to make new plastic products it was really bad and got everywhere which showed how big of a problem it really was.
The True Cost | 2015
This is a documentary about clothing written and directed by Andrew Morgan. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having 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 film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Trashed | 2012
Trashed – No Place For Waste looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current ‘waste industry.’
Plastic Paradise | 2013
Do you know what happens to baby albatrosses on Midway Atoll? Do you know why girls are hitting puberty at an earlier and earlier age? Angela Sun, sportscaster and former Current TV correspondent, answers these questions by first asking this one: if plastic never goes away, where does it go? An avid diver, surfer, and swimmer, Sun lets her deep love for the ocean lead her into investigating the lasting effects on global ecosystems of one of the best blessings and worst curses to be invented in the modern world.
Minimalism | 2015
A documentary that examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
Sustainable | 2016
A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.
Before The Flood | 2016
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
Plasticized | 2011
Plasticized is an intimate account of a first-hand journey aboard the Sea Dragon with the 5 Gyres Institute on the very first scientific expedition, focused on plastic waste, through the centre of the South Atlantic Ocean. An eye-opening story about the institute’s global mission to study the effects, reality, and scale of plastic pollution around the world.
Plastic Planet | 2009
We live in the Age of Plastic. It’s cheap and practical, and it’s everywhere — even in our blood. But is it a danger to us? This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe – from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps – to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem. Interviews with the world’s foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies and the health of future generations.
The Story of Plastic | 2020
This documentary explores how the mass production of single-use plastic has put us in the biggest environmental crisis in history.
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