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Television & Video Resources
- Peril and Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change is a public media initiative from WNET in New York reporting on the human impact of climate change, designed to provide context, scientifically sound information, and fact-based journalism to audiences across every platform of public media. It also focuses on stories of exciting new frontiers of scientific innovation in resilience, mitigation, and clean energy.
- WNET (Thirteen) are producers of the PBS P&P series on the ‘Sinking Cities’ of Miami, London, New York and Tokyo. Many other stories are covered in ‘Original Features’ and segments of other shows.
- The The Climate Reality Project offers "7 of the Best TEDTalks on Climate Change'. One has a message from Greta Thurnberg.
- CNBC Sustainable Energy has their own YouTube Channel which includes this video on organizations that want to make the world a more sustainable place:
- “Why we're heading for a 'climate catastrophe” is an episode of BBC Newsnight
- The Years Project offers a series of documentaries beginning with "Years of Living Dangerously, Season 1 Episode 1: Dry Season"
- Just Have a Think website holds a growing collection of well researched and entertaining videos presented and directed by Dave Borlace - highly recommended.
- Our Planet Sir David Attenborough’s absolutely stunning 2019 Netflix series 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 subsequent wildlife population decline. 8 episodes.
Environmental and Climate Crisis Documentaries
Comments for each entry are taken from the corresponding video website. Listed in alphabetical order.
- 2040, independent, 2020
- This film asks what the would could look like in 2040 if existing technological solutions were implemented right now to fight climate change.
- A documentary described as "a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet."
- Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock, independent, 2017
- The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.
- Before The Flood, Leonard DiCaprio, 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.
- The Biggest Little Farm, independent, 2018
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.
- Chasing Coral, Netflix, 2017
- Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
- Chasing Ice, National Geographic, 2013
- In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
- Climate Change: The Facts, BBC, 2019
- David Attenborough leads this hour long BBC documentary featuring recent data and interviews with prominent figures.
- Climate Refugees, 2010
- A documentary about the destabilizing effect that climate change will have on the world by bringing about mass migrations.
- The Condor and the Eagle, 2019
- A documentary that explores the disproportionate impact of the fossil fuel industry on indigenous communities.
- Cowspiracy, 2014
- An investigation of the influence of livestock industry on climate change.
- A Netflix documentary with support from the World Wild Life fund. One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.
- THE DO THE MATH movie is a 42-minute documentary film about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry.
- Fantastic Fungi, Independent documentary, 2019
- The film combines time-lapse cinematography, CGI, and interviews in an overview of the biology, environmental roles, and various uses of fungi.
- Fire in Paradise, Neftlix, 2019
- A short documentary detailing the experiences of survivors of the 2018 Butte County, California campfire which left 85 people dead and caused billions in damage.
- Gasland, HBO Documentary Films, 2010
- The film focuses on communities in the United States where natural gas drilling activity was a concern and, specifically, on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), a method of stimulating production in otherwise impermeable rock.
- Gasland II, HBO Documentary Films, 2013
- In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).
- Vice investigates the potential of geoengineering to fight climate change.
- Green Gold, Documentary by John D. Liu, 2012
- Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts.
- Hope in a Changing Climate, Open University, BBC, John D. Liu, 2009
- HOPE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE reframes the debate on global warming by illustrating that large, decimated ecosystems can be restored. Success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and the results are key to stabilizing the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.
- How to Let Go of the World, HBO Documentary Films, 2016
- Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?
- Ice on Fire, HBO, 2019
- An exploration of the catastrophic impact of melting Artic ice on the planet.
- An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore, 2006
- Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with former Vice President Al Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary of the year.
- An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, Al Gore, 2017
- A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
- Kiss the Ground, Independent, 2020
- Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on a new, old approach to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.
- Vice reports on the devastating Australian wildfires that burned millions of hectares of land in Australia in 2019.
- Lowland Kids, Independent, 2019
- This short documentary follows two siblings growing up on Isle Saint Charles, an island off the coast of Louisiana that is set to disappear with rising sea levels.
- Make the World Greta Again, Vice, 2019
- Vice follows Greta Thunberg on her trajectory from a single high schooler protesting in front of the Swedish parliament to the organizer of the biggest climate strike in history.
- Making Sense of the End of the World with my Dad, Vice, 2020
- Filmmaker Julia Rignot accompanies her glaciologist father Dr. Eric Rignot on a trip to Greenland to examine one of the biggest causes of rising sea levels.
- Mossville, LA, a centuries-old Black community, is being torn apart by petrochemical plant pollution. This film focuses on one man fighting on behalf of his community.
- The Need to Grow, Earth Conscious Films, 2019
- THE NEED TO GROW delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.
- Nigeria Dirty Oil Fact, Vice on HBO, 2017
- Vice visits Nigeria where local youth are caught in a bitter dispute with oil infrastructure about the failure of oil industry profits to benefit Nigerians.
- Our Planet, Netflix, 2019
- David Attenborough guides the viewer through Earth's major habitats and how they are being threatened by climate change in this eight episode documentary series.
- Paris to Pittsburgh, National Geographic, 2018
- An inspiring documentary covering President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in 2017 and residents of Pittsburgh's decision to stay in.
- Racing Extinction, 2015
- The Oscar-winning team responsible for The Cove takes an in depth look on the devastating impact of climate change on species throughout the planet.
- Redesigning Civilization -- with Permaculture, Daily Acts, 2013
- The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation by Toby Hemenway will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society.
- Sacred Land Sacred Water : Confluences of the Rio Grande Valley, independent, 2019
- This multimedia documentary is the story of science and citizens working together to resist the oil and gas lobby’s efforts to pass a fracking-friendly ordinance in Sandoval County, New Mexico - threatening the sole drinking water aquifer for the population of the greater Albuquerque area.
- Six Degrees Could Change the World, National Geographic, 2008
- As the volume of greenhouse gases increases yearly, scientists are warning that the global average temperature could increase by as much as 6 degrees Celsius over the next century, which would cause our world to change radically. This documentary joins British author Mark Lynas and climate experts as they take a look at what effect each rise of 1ºC could have on the world.
- The Story of Plastic, The Story of Stuff, 2020
- This Changes Everything, 2015
- Inspired by Naomi Klein's book of the same title, this documentary covers stories of local communities on the front lines of climate change in nine different countries.
- Vice investigates some ways humans are harming the planet and offers solutions.
- CNBC Sustainable Energy YouTube Channel - A series of videos covering many climate issues, from CNBC
Climate Crisis Themed Feature Films
- 2040 - Damon Gameau, Paul Hawken et al - 2019
- "Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations."
Recommendations from the NYT Climate Fwd Newsletter – December 18, 2019
Comments for each entry are from the NYT. Listed in alphabetical order.
- Merchants of Doubt - 2015
- If you’ve ever wondered how the climate debate became, well, a debate, then this intriguing and infuriating film is for you. Based on a book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, it draws a parallel between the tactics of Big Tobacco and Big Oil, revealing the world of politics, spin and public opinion.
- Mission Blue - 2014
- Besides highlighting the work of the oceanographer Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, this film also paints a picture of the devastating changes she has witnessed during her decades underwater. Xiye Bastida, a 17-year-old activist and organizer for Fridays For Future NYC, said it “shows the power we have as individuals to connect with nature and speak for nature.
- Racing Extinction - 2015
- Unless drastic changes are made, some biologists estimate we could lose up to 50 percent of Earth’s species within the next century. That devastating fact — a potential sixth extinction, wherein “humanity has become the asteroid” — is the basis for this fast-paced, wide-ranging film from Louie Psihoyos, who won an Oscar for “The Cove.” While some scenes are tough to watch, they’re balanced with awe-inspiring nature shots that showcase a world worth saving.
- Inspired by Naomi Klein’s 2014 book of the same name, this documentary “aims to empower,” rather than scare, viewers into action. “The film tells moving, personal stories,” said Keya Chatterjee, executive director of the U.S. Climate Action Network, “but weaves them into a larger story about how colonialism and greed got us into this crisis, and also how people-power and disruption will get us out.
- Years of Living Dangerously - 2014, 2016
- This series, featuring celebrity correspondents like Matt Damon and Olivia Munn, is a favorite of the climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Not only because it discusses climate impacts and solutions, but also because it tackles two huge myths: first, that climate change is a “distant issue,” and, second, that we can only fix climate change by “destroying the economy or our personal liberties.”
Comments for each entry are taken from the corresponding video website.
- Tales By Light, Netflix Series, 3 Seasons
- Photographers and filmmakers travel the world capturing indelible images of people, places, creatures and cultures from new, previously unseen angles.