FILMS

Most of these recommended films are documentaries (D) addressing a wide variety of climate change issues and topics, starting with Al Gore’s award-winning An Inconvenient Truth.

For everyone who admires David Attenborough and his extraordinary A Life on Our Planet released in 2020, in June, 2021 (and avalable on Netflix) is his latest, ‘Breaking Boundaries: The Science Of Our Planet’.

In February, 2021, Yale Climate Connections published a piece reviewing five top new climate documentaries, which included 2040, one of our top pics. You might also want to check out Meltdown – a new documentary featuring Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change, and world-renowned art photographer Lynn Davis, which premiered on Valentine’s Day. An intimate exploration of art and science, beauty and tragedy, the personal and the global, it is set amidst the massive and spectacularly beautiful icebergs breaking off of Greenland at an accelerating rate.

Truly great feature films about the climate crisis are tough to come by.  Occasionally a science fiction (SF) film gets both the storytelling and the science right, but rarely.

There is a great article by Jeremy Deaton addressing this issue: “Why Are There No Good Movies About Climate Change?” which concludes, “You have to invent a compelling story. It’s all about story.”

There are also some movies worth recommending for youth and kids.

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Hot Money

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Hot Money

Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crap shoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon.

Sustainable

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Sustainable

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

Meltdown (2021)

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Meltdown (2021)

Meltdown presents an extraordinary convergence of art and science, as we see two fascinating perspectives on the world’s most pressing issue of Climate Change. The film features acclaimed photographer Lynn Davis, who has earned global recognition with her spectacular collection of photos of icebergs off the coast of Greenland; and Tony Leiserowitz, the Director of Yale’s Climate Change Communication Project. Meltdown follows Lynn and Tony to the tiny, picturesque town of Illulisat, Greenland, which is “”Ground Zero”” for the climate crisis facing the world. There they discuss how beauty and tragedy share the stage, and each enlightens the other on ways to appreciate the wonders of the world while addressing the issues of how to help solve global crises. It’s a small, intimate conversation set on a large canvas, showing how art and science can co-exist.

Rebuilding Paradise (2020)

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Rebuilding Paradise (2020)

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. Rebuilding Paradise, from Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.

Public Trust | The Fight for America’s Public Lands (2020)

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Public Trust | The Fight for America’s Public Lands (2020)

In a time of growing inequality in America, there is one asset that remains in the hands of the American people: the 640 million acres of America’s Public Lands. Given its status as the last large-scale public asset on the planet, powerful forces have aligned to attempt the largest land grab in modern history, rob Americans of this unique birthright, and make modern day vassals of the American people.

The Last Ice (2020)

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The Last Ice (2020)

As the sea ice between Canada and Greenland melts, the outside world sees unprecedented opportunity. Oil and gas deposits, faster shipping routes, tourism and fishing all provide financial incentive to exploit the newly opened waters. But for more than 100,000 Inuit who live in the Arctic, on and around the frozen ocean, an entire way of life is at stake. Development here threatens to upset the balance between their communities, land and wildlife, leaving the future of this region and their culture increasingly uncertain. Directed by Scott Ressler and executive produced by Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and founder of National Geographic Pristine Seas, The Last Ice, tells the story of Inuit communities fighting to protect the rapidly disappearing Arctic that has been their home for centuries.

I am Greta (2020)

I am Greta (2020)

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman.

Kiss the Ground (2020)

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Kiss the Ground (2020)

Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on an alternative approach to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.