Earth Day is a chance for us all reflect on what we can do to reduce our impact on the planet, educate ourselves on climate change and just generally send some love to Mother earth.
So here are a few recommendations of what to watch this Earth Day…
Don’t Look Up
Netflix’s latest climate change film is a must watch for anyone who’s ever felt frustrated at political leaders lack of action in tackling climate change. This star-studded dark comedy features a whole host of A-Listers including Leonardo Dicaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill. The story follows two low-level astronomers as they go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. Warning: may cause feelings of impending doom.
The latest in a long line of David Attenborough’s incredible nature documentaries except this time he focusses specifically on climate change and the way human’s have impacted the environment. If you’re an Attenborough fan (let’s be real, who isn’t?) then this documentary is a great series to pop on this Earth Day to educate yourself and relax to David’s dulcet tones.
This dystopian Netflix series didn’t receive the hype it deserved. Picture this… ten years ago in “The Great Crumble”, society collapsed due to a viral pandemic of a disease known as the Sick, wiping out most of the world’s human population, and leading to the mysterious emergence of hybrid babies that are born part human, part animal. Everything about this show; the characters, the cinematography, the political commentary is just *chef’s kiss*.
There are many reasons why I’m now a vegan but if I had to point to one thing that pushed me over the edge it was watching this documentary. You may you think you know what to expect if you watch this…you’re wrong… it’s worse. Warning: Don’t watch while eating fish and chips
Another dystopia, this time set on an ever-moving train that contains the remnants of the human race after a failed attempt at climate engineering to stop global warming has created a new Snowball Earth. Chris Evans stars as Curtis Everett, leader of the lower-class tail-section passengers, as they rebel against the elite of the front of the train.
Down To Earth with Zac Efron
Okay, so some people didn’t like this documentary. But I’m going to come out and say I really liked it. I learnt a lot about sustainable living and sustainable cultures and I enjoyed looking at Zac Efron’s face whilst I learnt it. If you only have time for one episode I would recommend the Iceland one, to see how a thriving sustainable country looks, or the Iquitos episode, to learn about ayahuasca tourism.
My Octopus Teacher
This documentary won an Academy Award for Best Documentary, so you know it’s going to be good. It’s the beautiful story of film-maker, Craig Foster, who spent a year forming a relationship with a common Octopus in South Africa . It’s heart-warming, it’s emotional. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll want an octopus bestie of your own.
Listen, I couldn’t not throw in a Disney film. Earth has become a garbage-strewn wasteland due to rampant consumerism and corporate greed. Humanity has been evacuated onto spaceships and only a little trash-compacting robot named Wall-e remains on Earth. Super cute and super appropriate for Earth Day.
The documentary concerns the captivity of Tilikum, an orca involved in the deaths of three people, and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. An eye-opening look at the controversial facility, Sea World, and into mind’s some of the world’s most beautiful and deadly animals. This one will stay with you long after you’ve watched it.
A Life on Our Planet
Ending with another gem from our pal David. A spin off to the Our Planet series, this documentary is David Attenborough’s personal account of his travels across the globe and the stark changes he’s witnessed in his 93 years. One of the most powerful testimonies on why we must do everything in our power to save the Earth before it’s too late.
Happy watching x