Are you looking for a list of the best environmental documentaries on Netflix right now? Then you've come to the right place!
Lately Netflix has been getting on board with environmental awareness by streaming many of the best environmental documentaries that shed a light on issues facing our planet today. Here you’ll find a list of some of the best environmental documentaries on Netflix right now that cover issues such as climate change, factory-farming, and the devastating effects of natural-gas fracking.
Featuring teams of experts, adventurers, and concerned citizens, these films explore the issues that no one wants to talk about but to which almost everyone is contributing. Increase your own awareness by learning what’s going on while there’s still time to stop it and help spread the message by sharing Netflix’s best environmental documentaries with your friends.
Gasland, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for best documentary follows the story of Josh Fox, who decides to do his own research when he receives a $100,000 offer from a natural gas company interested in his land. He sets out to interview residents who live near fracking sites in Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas and uncovers the divesting effects of natural-gas fracking on their communities. These range from sick animals and contaminated wells to residents who can literally set their tap water on fire. The film has served as an incredibly influential tool for increasing awareness about the effects of fracking as well as the role it plays in global climate change.
A Netflix original documentary, Mission Blue follows a famous oceanographer named Sylvia Earle in her effort to create more “Hope Spots,” protected areas that are important to the health of our oceans. Earle attempts to educate the public about the effects of overfishing, climate change, and pollution and hopes to increase protected marine areas from 5.1% to 30% by 2030.
Antarctic Edge: 70° South
Antarctic Edge: 70° South gives viewers the chance to join Oceanographer Oscar Schofield and team of 22 scientists as they embark on a six-week voyage along the Antarctic Peninsula. There they investigate the effects of climate change in the Antarctic, one of the fastest warming places on the planet. As huge chucks of sea ice begins to melt and whole populations of penguins are expected by die out in five to ten years, the scientists explain exactly how massive a role that changes in our ocean play in climate change.
More Than Honey
More than Honey provides an in-depth study at populations of bees in colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. Academy Award-nominated director Markus Imhoof explains why bees around the world are facing extinction due to climate change and exactly how important they are when it comes to pollinating huge amounts of our food supply. As Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a documentary that follows activist Kip Anderson as he delves into the world of animal agriculture and explains why it’s one of the most destructive industries when it comes to today’s environmental health. In the course of his shocking, yet humorous investigation, he explains why large-scale factory farming is having a devastating effect on deforestation, erosion, water consumption and pollution, as well as how it’s responsible the creation of more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry. The film also offers a plan for a healthier path to global sustainability for the Earth’s ever growing population.
Chasing Ice, winner of the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming and Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film follows an acclaimed photographer named James Balog as he’s sent to the Arctic to capture photos of the world’s changing climate for National Geographic.
Though initially a bit skeptical of climate change himself, Balog ultimately captures footage of undeniable evidence that even ancient ice mountains and glaciers are disappearing at an alarming rate. In Chasing Ice he compresses years of video footage into seconds of beautiful and shocking time-lapses in order to show just how big an effect climate change is having on our environment within a relatively short span of time.
A Plastic Ocean
A Plastic Ocean follows an international team of adventurers and researchers as they uncover the chilling effects of our ever growing love of all this disposable. Filmed in 20 locations around the globe, the film captures shocking, never-before-seen footage of plastic pollution and its effects of marine line, and introduces the startling long-term effects it may produce. Thankfully the documentary also introduces solutions that could change our world for the better, but only if they are actually implemented.
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