5 Inspiring Documentaries on Environment and Sustainability

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Happy Earth Day! To celebrate Earth Day, let’s get inspired to protect the planet and promote sustainability. First held on April 22, 1970, this annual event marks the connection of people to fight a global cause. A global summit of events like speeches, discussions, workshops and more are held both live and virtually. It’s the perfect time to educate ourselves on the toll climate change has on the planet. And, on a more positive note, what we can do to protect the planet. All of these inspiring documentaries are available on Netflix. So, kick back and let these documentaries on environment and sustainability inspire you to make change.

5 Documentaries on Environment and Sustainability

Our Planet

Experience Earth’s natural glory and discover how global warming affects every living thing on the planet. The Our Planet series reveals the extensive changes that our planet has undergone as a result of climate change. Aside from the detrimental impact of global warming, you’ll also discover how we can make planet Earth thrive again. From the creators of Planet Earth and Blue Planet, when David Attenborough presents a documentary, you know it’s going to be top-notch. With breath-taking footage of wildlife and landscape, Our Planet reveals just how beautiful and diverse our planet truly is. As well as teaching us about the intricacy of eco-systems, highlighting the responsibility humanity has to protect the planet.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough, at 93 years of age, walks us through his life on our planet. Having visited every continent on the globe, he has explored and experienced the planet and all its beauty like no other. In A life on Our Planet, David Attenborough reflects upon his work as a naturalist. He also delves into the devastating effects of climate change he has experienced in his lifetime. His powerfully inspiring account reveals just how urgent this matter is. However, A Life on Our Planet is not for the faint-hearted. This eye-opening documentary reveals scientists’ predictions for the following decades if we continue living the way we are now. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. It explains how we can live in balance with nature to restore our planet to its former glory.

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Seaspiracy is a 2021 documentary that dives into the environmental impact of the fishing industry. We are constantly told to eat less meat to take a stance against climate change. However, British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi explores the huge toll eating fish has on our planet and its marine eco-systems. Not only does it outline the devastating damage fishing has on marine life, the documentary also sets out to uncover the alarming global corruption the industry battles. Learn why buying dolphin safe tuna means nothing and the predominance of crime and corruption in the fishing industry.


Minimalism guides us through the value of having less. It’s a lifestyle that emphasises sustainable simplicity. The directors of this documentary define minimalism as “a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important – so you can find happiness, fulfilment, and freedom.” Minimalism will make you question your accumulation of clothes, household items and randomness. The documentary teaches us the profound message that less is, in fact, more. Minimalists sustainably reduce their impact on the planet by avoiding unnecessary purchases and the enticement of consumerist behaviours. Discover how the minimalist movement is possible and the benefits it yields beyond saving money.

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The Game Changers

The Game Changers documentary reveals the optimal diet for health, wellbeing and sustainability. It introduces us to visionary scientists, top athletes and testimonies to a plant-based diet. The documentary uncovers the negative impact animal products such as meat and dairy have on the human body and environment. It invites us to embark on a journey towards optimal health and sustainable living. It also busts myths people following a plant-based diet commonly encounter.

The Game Changers documentary proves that eliminating animal products does not mean sacrificing nutrition. Despite contrary belief, it confirms that a vegan diet can provide a healthy intake of protein, and calcium. What’s more, legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lewis Hamilton, and Jackie Chan open up our eyes to its potential for recovery, speed, stamina and strength. Discover what going plant-based entails from a scientific approach. And, as the title implies, find out why it’s a game changer for your health and the environment.

There we have it, 5 inspiring documentaries on environment and sustainability. There are so many facets of sustainability, diet, zero-waste, conscious choices, transport, travel, etc. Our opportunities to protect the environment and restore the planet to its former glory are plentiful. Feel inspired to make change with these eye-opening documentaries. For extra inspo, you can also discover some incredible, informative Earth Day events courtesy of EARTHDAY.ORG.

Have you watched any of these inspiring documentaries on environment and sustainability? Which one is next on your list? Let me know in the comments below.

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    1. Nina says:

      Love this! Nowadays I find myself watching documentaries instead of movies. Seaspiracy was really good! What’s annoying though, is that whenever you hear someone talk about a certain documentary etc you really want to see, it of course isn’t available here 😀

      1. You’re right, Seaspiracy is so eye-opening! Ah, that’s a shame! Hopefully there are equally as good documentaries available for you 🙂

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