Climate Change refers to the change in the average conditions in temperature and rainfall. NASA scientists have observed Earth’s surface is warming. Over the last twenty years, nineteen of them have been the warmest on record. Extreme weather events are getting worse and many species are becoming extinct. There are a lot factors that contribute to the Earth’s climate, however, scientists agree that the rate Earth has been getting warmer over the last 50 years is due to human activities. One of the biggest ways we’re causing it is burning fuels to power factories, cars and buses, effectively putting more CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
Staying informed on climate change is the first step to joining the battle against climate change. We’ve rounded up the best documentaries to find out what is really happening to the environment, so you can be as eco-friendly as possible.
Seaspiracy (2021) examines the impact of plastic marine debris and overfishing around the world. The new Netflix documentary produced by the same team as 2014’s Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, features human impacts on marine life such as ghost nets and overfishing around the world. It argues that commercial fisheries are the main driver of marine ecosystem destruction and rejects the concept of sustainable fishing.
Curious what the world would be like for his 4-year-old daughter Velvet when she’s 21, Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau looks at the effects of climate change over the next 20 years and what technologies that exist today can reverse the effects. Gameau travels around the world to talk with people who are developing ways to reduce our emissions, sequester, excess carbon from the system, and disrupt the economic system including renewable energy, shared transportation and regenerative farming.
Sir David Attenborough explores Earth’s important habitats and the life they support and shows how they’re being affected by rising temperatures and sea levels, ocean acidification and a decline in the wildlife population. The Netflix eight-part series covers frozen landscapes, jungles, forests, coastal areas, reefs, deserts, grasslands and the depths of the ocean to see the real impact of climate change is having on the animals and plants who live in these places.
Fire in Paradise
Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari detail the experiences of residents who survived the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, California which killed 85 people and caused $16.5 billion in damages. Cooper and Canepari recreate the disaster through interviews with Cal Fire and volunteer firefighters. Combined with news coverage and phone footage, Fire in Paradise depicts how quickly the fire spread, engulfing houses, businesses, and roads.
I Am Greta
The documentary follows teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg as she becomes a voice of a generation. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate justice outside the Swedish Parliament, the film follows Greta, a shy student with Asperger’s as she rises to prominence, sparking school strikes across the world. The film culminates with her gruelling wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
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