All humans make daily life and consumption choices. Many of us make these choices consciously. Our everyday actions impact our future, those around us, and the planet we live on. Existing at a level that is sustainable is our responsibility. With our society so set in its ways, making good choices for our planet can become overwhelming. Where do you start?
Seeking knowledge and gaining understanding is the first place to begin! Brilliant, intelligent people have spent their lives gathering information and presenting it all in inspiring documentaries.
We’ve put together a list of five top eco-documentaries that you can learn from. These documentaries are not finite words to live by, but knowledge to add to your eco journey, whatever that may look like.
1. Living the Change:
- Climate Change
- Lifestyle Choices
- New Zealand-based
“Being unsustainable isn’t just a bit unfortunate, it is an existential threat to our species. We actually need to do something about it, or we’re gone.”
It’s easy to dwell on everything that is wrong with the world, and conclude that humans have truly ruined our planet. Living the Change accepts this, and moves on to present solutions. This engaging documentary provides positive insight into how we can change our habits and lifestyles to give back to the earth, and restore it.
Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have taken stories from their travels, their own lives, and examples from all over the globe. Living the Change shares the stories of so many earth-loving humans who understand the importance of protecting our planet.
- Ocean Preservation
- Plastic Pollution
- How To Make Change
In the last 40 years we have seen a 50% loss of marine life biodiversity and, if current consumption levels continue, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050!
Blue is an inspirational film which tells the story of our oceans and the very real threats we face. It features passionate ocean conservationists and poetically describes their stories. Think 'A Plastic Ocean' but an absolute pleasure to watch. You will laugh, you will very likely cry, but best thing is you will be really really inspired to act.
Here's what is said about Blue:
“BLUE is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and you will want to rise up with the waves.”— Greenpeace Australia
- Meat Consumption
- Global Warming
- Agriculture Industry
Warning: hundreds of vegetarians have been born from this documentary. Cowspiracy explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and discusses the potential flaws of environmental organisation policies.
It’s known that more than 18%
of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the livestock industry. With beef being one of the most common meats in our diet, excessive meat consumption is becoming an issue we cannot continue to turn a blind eye to, without serious repercussions.
Cowspiracy presents interviews and live footage of the shocking facts, which may startle and disturb, but which also share the importance of food awareness.
4. The True Cost:
- Ethical and Sustainable Fashion
- Global Fashion Industry
- Fair Trade
The ethical fashion industry’s most popular documentary, and a must-see for everyone who wears clothes… that’s you! The True Cost was released in 2015, and since then, it’s taken the world by storm.
Director, Andrew Morgan, has created a documentary that covers all aspects of the fashion industry, touching on its complexity, and highlighting the harsh truths and devastation which we, the consumers, have caused.
Experts in the industry are interviewed, and viewers are taken behind the scenes of factories and plantations, to hear the true cost of their fashion choices
5. More Than Honey:
- Honey consumption
“Save the bees” is often thrown around in jest, but More Than Honey explores what would really happen if (and maybe when) bees become extinct. The rate at which bees have been dying worldwide is disturbing.
Markus Imhoof, seeks to find out why they are dying, the effects of industrial agricultural practices, and the use of pesticides. The cinematography and detail about bees is captivating, and incredibly eye-opening to those of us who didn't realise how important bees are in our ecosystem.
If just one of these documentaries makes you consciously re-think your life and consumption choices, then we are moving in the right direction towards more sustainable living.
Share your favourite doco with friends, family or at work – the more we understand these complex topics, the more likely we all are to positively change!