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10 Films you really should watch

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Imagine there was a surprise exam tomorrow on Climate Change. How would you do? Would you be confident to say you know what’s happening on the planet you live on?


Next time you’re netflxing or looking for something to watch when you should be studying, put Stranger Things on pause for an episode and inform yourself on the most important issue affecting planet earth EVER. Here’s 10 environmentally aware films you really should watch. Let us know what you think.

Future generations may well have occasion to ask themselves, "What were our parents thinking? Why didn't they wake up when they had a chance?" We have to hear that question from them, now. - Al Gore

Was hurricane Ophelia a one off or will it be the new norm? Will sandymount be gone in your lifetime? This film is over 10 years old now, but it’s not out of date at all! An eye-opening insight into the affect humans are having on global warming, resulting in extreme weather disasters around the globe.

In order to address the environmental crisis, we're going to have to spend some time fixing the democracy crisis. - Al Gore

When you’ve watched the first one, check out this one. It’s just over 10 years on and now you can see for yourself how some of the claims from the first film have already come to pass, despite being branded as ‘exaggerations’ at the time the film was first released.

You are the last best hope of Earth. We ask you to protect it or we, and all living things we cherish, are history. - Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio’s award winning film looks at what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. Find out how companies like PepsiCo, Doritos & Burger King are destroying rainforests and endangering orangutans. It’s a real eye-opener.

Did you know that the world consumes a staggering 80 billion pieces of clothing each year? This is up 400% in the last 20 years.

Fast fashion is destroying the planet and ruining lives in the process. Find out why your €3 Penny’s top, your H&M essentials and your Zara dresses are causing so much devastation and pain to our planet. What's the link between consumerism, global capitalism and the earth? This tear-jerker documentary maps out the problems with the modern fashion industry which costs lives to keep garment prices down.

Watch on Netflix

Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

Can you be an environmentalist and eat animal products? Find out why taking a shorter shower doesn't count for shit when you compare to the sheer amount of water being used to produce meat and dairy products. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. Why?

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The big polluters selling you carbon based fuel only want one thing. EVERYTHING.

Is there anything that climate change hasn’t ruined? Josh Fox (Maker of ‘Gasland’) travels the globe to meet with global climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny, tragic and inspiring.

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A lavish, gripping production focused on the real effect of climate change in real people's lives around the world.

Some of Hollywood's biggest influencers who are passionate about environmental issues give first-person accounts of the effects of climate change across the planet.

Years Living Dangerously Website

You have this new thing that you're obsessed with, but then the new version comes out and you no longer care about the one you have, it becomes a source of dissatisfaction. Why?

Why is Black Friday a 'thing'? Is more 'stuff' the answer to any of your problems? Could less be more? This award winning documentary looks at those who have seen through the madness of consumerism culture and have decided to bare it all back to basics. Are they happier? Watch and see.

Watch on Netflix

 

Humanity is heading for disaster, at full speed. But the public doesn’t want to accept this simple observation.

This visually stunning documentary is as beautiful as it is informative. Taking you on a journey from the beginning of life on earth right through to nowadays, this epic film examines the human relationship with other species on Earth and nods to how we could be better inhabitants of the planet.

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Nearly nine million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year and could double by 2025!

More than 8.8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year. WTF!? Why is everything in our world now wrapped in plastic? How did we manage before plastic was all over everything? Is it possible to buy anything plastic-free? This film gives us a glimpse at the extent of our plastic obsession and the effects it’s having on the oceans and earth. More facts available here.

Watch on Netflix