Some people need to be shocked or moved into action. Here is a list of six powerful climate change movies that will leave a very lasting impression.
6. Chasing Ice (2012)
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
This award winning documentary follows National Geographic photographer James Balog through his personal journey of realization that climate change is real and effecting humans in a fundamental way. Chasing Ice shows the story of climate change through the lens of Balog’s camera, and all 75 minutes are filled with beautiful photos of the Arctic landscape, and through an amazing series of time lapse photos, documents it’s shockingly changing state. This is an amazing documentary that illustrates the changing state of our environment while also spreading the message of hope for our Planet. The combination of the story of self- discovery and beautifully captured scenery makes this an unbelievably powerful documentary.
5. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Packed with stars such as Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, The Day After Tomorrow ranked #2 in box office results during its debut weekend. This action- packed, climate disaster movie definitely was a loud statement, depicting a doomsday disaster extreme weather destroys nearly half of the United States. While many critics label this movie as scientifically inaccurate, it nonetheless triggered a lot of discussion surrounding climate- change and the possibility of such environmental disasters. In addition to these thematic elements, this action movie definitely has some pretty amazing visual effects.
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Earth follows the natural migration pattern of four species of animals. It does so through a masterful combination of narration and footage. Every minute of Earth is packed with unbelievably breathtaking footage of natural landscapes and animals. This powerful story of family and the natural world documents the extreme beauty of our planet. While this documentary does not have an explicit environmental message, it is hard to watch Earth without having the desire to preserve the beauty of our natural habitat
3. Cowspiracy: The Sustainable Secret (2014)
This eye-opening environmental documentary exposes an industry at the heart of our environmental issues, and the apparent cover- up that is the reason why many environmental organizations tend to look the other way. Cowspiracy is an extremely well- crafted documentary that reveals the underlying human reliance on industries that are bad for our planet, with a goal of guiding us in the direction towards living in an environmentally responsible way. It reveals this dark reality through a humorous journey, and is a must- see for those who are interested in learning to live sustainably.
2. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
This Academy Award winning documentary documents politician Al Gore’s life-long dedication towards the environment. In this incredibly inspiring story, Gore exposes the facts of our changing environment, and why it is critical that we come together to protect it. An Inconvenient Truth is a powerful call to action, and has undoubtedly helped spread the environmental mission.
1. WALL-E (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
WALL-E is a masterfully-crafted Disney-Pixar animation that follows the adventurous quest of an adorable robot WALL-E to discover himself, his home, love and life on planet Earth. WALL-E paints a dark picture of the world, yet is a story of hope and the human ability to reverse harmful environmental impacts. In addition to the underlying environmental messages—such as reducing waste and the harmful effects of consumerism—the movie is a heartwarming animation that is a definite favorite for children and adults alike.
We would highly recommend all of these above movies. Hopefully they inspire you to make sustainable choices, and work towards a better planet.