I’ve watched basically every environmental and food related documentary out there. This list here is all of the documentaries that I have found more inspiring and powerful and helped to inform my opinion on many things.
- Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is an outstanding environmental documentary following filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. After watching this film, activist Leonardo Di Caprio became the executive producer for the Netflix release after requesting that the film makers have double and triple sources for their facts. The film is solid rock with well researched facts and interviews. It will shake your beliefs and will inspire you to take action. For sure, the most important individual action you can take starting today to combat climate change.
- Time to Choose. Probably the most beautiful and powerful documentary after “An Inconvenient Truth”. You will be inspired because this movie doesn’t only tell you what’s wrong and blame politicians or corporations. They will tell you exactly what to do right now, today in your own house and community so we, together, today can start reversing climate change.
- Food, Inc. Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold.The film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.
- Bag It. This documentary is about all the useless and toxic plastic cluttering up our lives and harming animals and eco-systems. Please watch it with the whole family. It’s very informative, funny and honest.
- Peaceable Kingdom. This award winning film was a life changing experience for me. Before seeing it, I thought it was OK to eat meat as long as it was organic. Watching Peaceable Kingdom opened my eyes about the emotional lives of animals and the truth about the humane myth.
- The True Cost. An excellent documentary about the consequences of our addiction to cheap clothing, “The True Cost” will expose who is really paying for our bargains, and will hopefully make us more nauseated than elated over those $20 jeans and that $10 shirt. Please watch it and share it. This is not only an environmental problem but a social justice issue, especially for garment workers in the developing world.
- Trashed. Jeremy Irons will not only take you around the world to see beautiful locations tainted by pollution, he will also introduce you to some communities that are doing things right and some individuals that are leading the way to a zero or minimal waste.
- Forks Over Knives. Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.
- Before the Flood. Another excellent documentary by actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio in which he explores the topics of climate change and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
- The Future of Food. This important film will show you the problems that we are facing in regards to GM crops and what we can do to protect our family and our communities.
- Inside the Garbage of the World. A documentary about the ugly truth of plastic pollution in our oceans and the way it is already traveling up the food chain and possibly harming our health.
- Gas Land. The natural gas industry has made us believe that natural gas is the clean energy. This is far from truth. Fracking is not safe and is deeply understudied and unmonitored by the authorities. Families that live close to these plants pay with their health and their livelihoods while these companies make big profits.
- Just Eat It. A Food Waste Story. Upon learning that 40% of the food that is produced globally ultimately gets discarded, a couple decide to embark on a six month experiment of eating only food that is discarded or will imminently be discarded. You won’t believe the foods they find in the dumpsters!
- A Plastic Ocean. A must see documentary that all humans should watch, including children. This film shot on more than 20 locations reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share real solutions that we must all start implementing today.