In 2005 Matt Damon narrated Journey to Planet Earth on PBS. A year later Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth was released theatrically, opening the door to numerous climate change documentaries, the bulk of which were viewed on television, releasing and often being produced by Discovery, Showtime, National Geographic, Thirteen and Netflix. There is now even the world’s first broadcaster, Climate Change TV, dedicated entirely to climate change issues. Focused on interviewing influential voices in the field, it is produced by Climate Home.

Released by Netflix in the Fall of 2020, is David Attenborough’s stunning A Life On Our Planet. Called a “majestic documentary” by the New York Times, it travels through the life of the planet as it travels through the decades of Attenborough’s own life as a famed naturalist. Now, in his 90’s, he calls it his “witness statement.” Interweaving footage of his own explorations into the wilderness, footage of the planet being eroded and charts memorializing the rising temperatures, the population growth, and the destruction of our forests, he curiously remains upbeat about the possibilities for regrowth.

In the spring of 2023, AppleTV released Extrapolations with a great ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep. It opened to mixed reviews. NYT television critic James Poniewozik and Manuela Andreoni talked about the challenges it encountered and so much of what they said speaks to the difficulty of solving climate change altogether – its abstractness.

And, watch for an HBO Max produced series by VICE creator Adam McKay, called The Uninhabitable Earth, based on the book by David Wallace-Wells. Green lit in January 2020, there is an interesting interview with him by Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton here.


An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet

By Nikolaj Coster-Waldau 03/15/24
An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet captures Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s search for people across the globe who are helping drive humanity toward a brighter, more sustainable future.
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Column: Where is climate change on film and TV? There’s now a Bechdel test for that

By Sammy Roth 03/01/24
Let’s say you’re heading to the movie theater to catch a quirky romantic comedy. Or you’re on Disney+ bingeing the latest Marvel superhero show after work. Or maybe you’re looking for a Netflix documentary about…
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Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman on narrating “Life on Our Planet” series

Legendary actor Morgan Freeman joins "CBS Mornings" to discuss the new Netflix documentary series, "Life on Our Planet." Freeman narrates the series, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of life's…
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Drought affecting Panama Canal threatens 40% of world’s cargo ship traffic

By Ben Tracy and Analisa Novak 08/23/23
A severe drought is threatening shipping on the vital Panama Canal, which is responsible for moving 40% of the world's cargo ship traffic. About two-thirds of the canal's traffic is either headed for — or…
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A New Generation Of Inspiring Environmental Documentaries

By Grace Lyons 04/28/23
The power of film is in its capacity to transport viewers to places we might not have been able to go before. Nature documentaries in particular bring us close to ecosystems and species that are…
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The Real Sci-Fi Is Ignoring Climate Change, Say ‘Extrapolations’ Creators

By Todd Woody 04/27/23
Over eight episodes, the star-studded cast of the Apple TV+ series Extrapolations grapples with an increasingly dire future as climate change transforms a 2037 existence resembling our own into a 2070 dystopia, where oxygen-toting denizens…
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TV show illuminates forgotten story of female solar energy pioneer

By Erin Blakemore 04/01/23
Mária Telkes isn’t a household name. But after watching “The Sun Queen,” premiering on PBS’s “American Experience” on Tuesday, you may ask yourself why.
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‘Extrapolations’ is the climate TV show we’re finally ready for

By Whitney Bauck 03/17/23
Full of Easter eggs for environmental nerds, Apple TV's sprawling series depicts the "messy middle" of climate change....
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Apple’s climate change drama Extrapolations is earnest and plausible but also has talking whales

By Andrew Webster 03/10/23
It takes a while for Extrapolations to get going. The Apple TV Plus drama has an intriguing premise, exploring the future of climate change through various perspectives, with each episode jumping forward a few years…
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The Power of Big Oil

Beginning Tuesday, April 19, FRONTLINE examines the fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change. This three-part docuseries traces decades of missed opportunities and the ongoing attempts to hold Big…
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Netflix Launches New Collection of ‘Sustainability Stories’ in Partnership with COP26 Organizers

By Mary Mazzoni 10/05/21
Stories unite us, inspire us and persuade us, and this month one of the biggest modern storytellers is betting on the power of story to move the world to action. Ahead of the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Netflix released…
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Are We Really Doing This?

By Molly Taft 09/22/21
On Wednesday night, the country’s Funniest People™ will deign to make jokes about the climate crisis for a full night of hilarity. Seven late-night shows across five networks hosted by James Corden, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy…
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