As climate change continues to be a pressing issue, it is crucial that we all raise our own awareness and increase our knowledge of sustainability issues. We only have a limited amount of time to save our planet, and one of the best ways to learn about these issues is by watching documentaries.
Here are the top 10 sustainability documentaries to watch in 2023:
1. The Green Planet
The Green Planet explores the beauty and complexity of the Earth's ecosystems and the challenges facing them. From the rainforests to the oceans, Sir David Attenborough shows us around the incredible diversity of life on our planet and the threats it faces.
Have you ever tried to declutter your home only to accumulate more stuff all over again? Minimalism examines the idea of living with less and the benefits it can have on both the individual and the planet. With a focus on the impact of consumerism on the environment, the film encourages viewers to consider the benefits of simplifying their lives.
3. The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet
This documentary takes a closer look at some of the innovative solutions being developed to combat climate change and protect the environment. From renewable energy technologies to reforestation efforts, the film showcases the potential for positive change.
Seafood fanatics may want to think twice the next time they order the salmon at their favourite restaurant. This documentary dives into the devastating impact of commercial fishing on the world's oceans and the creatures that live in them. Viewers will learn about the harmful practices of the fishing industry and the urgent need for better regulation and conservation efforts.
If you know much about sustainability, then you'll already know the enormous environmental impact that animal agriculture has on the planet. Cowspiracy examines this impact in detail, highlighting the significant contributions of the industry to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. It also explores the benefits of a plant-based diet and how this could be a key driver in lowering emissions globally.
6. Our Planet
Another one presented by Sir David Attenborough, this documentary series showcases the beauty and diversity of the natural world, while also highlighting the challenges facing the planet. From the melting Arctic to the vast oceans, the series offers a stunning look at the earth and the threats it faces.
7. Chasing Coral
When we think of the sea, our mind probably thinks of beautiful coral reefs that house thousands of tropical fish and biodiversity. The phenomenon of coral bleaching and the devastating effects it's having on the world's coral reefs is a truly urgent issue. This film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists as they document the decline of these vital ecosystems and the efforts to save them.
8. The True Cost
Fast fashion has a lot to answer for when it comes to the destruction documentary takes a critical look at the fast fashion industry and the impact it has on the environment and the people who work in it. The film exposes the hidden costs of cheap clothing and encourages viewers to consider the environmental and social implications of their fashion choices.
9. More Than Honey
The world's honeybee population is falling rapidly and the potential consequences for our food supply are dire. More Than Honey explores the complex factors contributing to the rapidity of the bees' decline and the efforts that are needed to protect and support these important pollinators.
10. Before the Flood
Leonardo DiCaprio is often lauded for using his platform to fund and raise awareness on sustainability issues. This documentary summarises the effects that climate change is having on our planet and how to years of mistreatment, exploitation of resources and turning a blind eye have led to our natural systems turning in on themselves with seriously negative consequences.
Stop Watching, Start Doing
These documentaries aren't exactly the lightest watches. But if you're feeling disheartened, there are plenty of ways to start acting for the planet and encouraging others to do the same.
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