9 Movies on Environmental Issues For Your Next Movie Night

February 19, 2023

With rising awareness of climate change and environmental protection on a global scale, we have gathered 9 movies that were produced with the environmental theme over the years. While some are more recreational than others, we believe these movies have messages to the audience and help raise awareness.

1. Don’t Look Up (2021)

Directed by Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up is a black comedy featuring a story of two astronomers attempting to warn humanity about an approaching comet that will destroy human civilization. As it is a result of climate change, the movie is a satire of the government and the media’s reaction.

2. Polar Bear (2022)

The movie follows a polar bear that is new to her motherhood and her journey to protecting the cubs and navigating through the challenges. With climate change, polar bears face more challenges than ever before and the documentary shows how it has impacted them.

3. Seaspiracy (2021)

Seaspiracy shows the environmental impact of fishing and the human impacts on marine life. The movie dives into various aspects, including plastic pollution, ghost nets, and overfishing, and criticizes the concept of sustainable fishing and few marine conservation organizations.

4. The Alpinist (2020)

The film follows a 23-year-old Canadian, Marc-André Leclerc on his solo adventure. With no ropes or cameras, this documentary shows a solo climbing journey in Patagonia through Leclerc's pure vision of climbing.

5. Kiss the Ground (2020)

Kiss the Ground is a documentary that regenerates hope for the climate through the healing power of the soil, which eventually could be the solution for climate change. Woody Harrelson narrates an optimistic and persuasive viewpoint of our soil’s capacity in reversing climate change.

6. I am Greta (2020)

This documentary follows Greta Thunberg, a teenage Swedish environmentalist, and her journey around the world to raise awareness about the world’s environmental problems.

7. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

David Attenborough visited every continent in the world at the age of 93, exploring and documenting life, and has seen the human impact on nature. The documentary is his witness statement of our planet and its crisis.

8. The Biggest Little Farm (2019)

Directed by John Chester, The Biggest Little Farm is a 2018 documentary film featuring John Chester and his wife Molly’s farm in Moorpark, California, and their journey to developing a sustainable farm.

9. Dark Waters (2019)

Based on the 2016 New York Times Magazine article "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare" by Nathaniel Rich, Dark Waters is about a lawyer and his case against the chemical manufacturing corporation that contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals.

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