Climate change documentaries (the best ever) you should watch


Leonardo di Caprio in 'Before the Flood'


02/02/2022


Climate change as an issue has never really been more at the forefront of the conversation than it is now right now. Celebrities and major companies are now all getting involved to try and raise awareness about the issue and to try and solve the issue too. Climate change affects everyone on the planet, so it is no surprise that there are lots of documentaries about climate change out there. We thought we'd round up the best that you should watch, let's get into the list:



Before the Flood (2016)


When big names are attached to documentaries, people tend to watch them. So when Leonardo Di Caprio announced that he would be narrating and presenting the documentary 'Before the Flood', people sat up and took notice. The documentary is quite straightforward and broad in that it doesn't deal with a specific aspect of climate change, and instead takes a much broader look at the issue. But what makes the film particularly interesting is that Leonardo Di Caprio is able to have conversations with people in positions of power that most documentaries wouldn't include, simply because the creators likely wouldn't have access to those types of conversations. We enjoyed it quite a bit and the documentary is sitting with a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, stream it via Disney Plus.


Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-day Outlaws (2011)


This documentary follows climate change activists, showing what they do to try and raise awareness about the issue. All of the protestors are English and go about their activism in quite an English way (there is even a scene where someone offers a policeman a cup of tea). The director Emily James actually gets involved in some of the protests too which is interesting.


The Burning Season (2008)


This documentary is narrated by Hugh Jackman and is about how rainforest fires are caused and how they contribute to climate change. We like this film because it is about a very specific issue and gives you tangible information about what can be done to prevent these issues from occurring.


Demain (Tomorrow - 2017)


This is a French documentary with a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes rating. It follows people who are trying to make things better for the planet in the face of climate change, and this is what we really like about this documentary - it feels optimistic. You can stream this documentary via Kanopy.




An Inconsistent Truth (2012)


Ok so in the name of balance, we wanted to include some climate change documentaries from the perspective of someone trying to debunk the claims made by many people within the climate change movement. The name of this documentary is a play on the title of An Inconvenient Truth, the 2006 documentary by Al Gore. That is probably the most popular climate change documentary ever made so we didn't really want to include that one in our list (everybody knows it). What we liked about An Inconsistent Truth is that it doesn't feel spiteful or hateful - it is simply a film trying to look at the facts of what is going on, and questioning them. We don't think it debunks climate change at all, but we do still think it is worth a watch.