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.
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- Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid and directed by Leila Conners, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming.
- In Jonathan Scott's Power Trip, the HGTV home makeover guru shines a light on the obstacles and opportunities for America’s solar industry, following fossil fuel monopolies that halt the growth of renewable energy while visiting with politicians, coal miners, solar panel installers, the Navajo Nation building its own solar plant, and others at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom.
- Some scientists believe that July 4th may have been one of the hottest days on Earth in 125,000 years, and we keep breaking these records. The earth’s average temperature set a new unofficial record on Thursday, the third such milestone in a week that was already rated as the hottest on record. Meteorologist Chris Gloninger discusses receiving death threats for reporting on the climate crisis before leaving the
- Climate activist Greta Thunberg talks about her decision to no longer travel by plane and describes how a lack of understanding of climate change is impacting the planet....
60 Minutes: The climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuelsby CBS NewsOn 3/3/19, 60 Minutes covered in exquisite detail the first children’s lawsuit over climate change in the US.
- by CBS NewsOn 9/23/18 (season 50, episode 54), Stewart Whitaker interviewed Henk Oving, the world’s only water ambassador, and discussed the ways in which New York City can be protected from sea level rise — based on what The Netherlands have already learned. Oving concludes, “ It’s a choice in the end. It’s a human choice. We can think about the future as an opportunity or close our eyes and do nothing and let it happen to us and see more death and despair, more assets and people lost."
- More is known about the surface of the moon than the deep oceans on Earth, yet the sea constitutes two thirds of our planet. The oceans are an integral part of our lives. Their influence dominates the world’s weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. Each 50-minute programme peers into this watery world, with spectacular footage exploring shores and shallows teeming with life and uncovering unseen depths.
- Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident — one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
- Zac Efron explores solutions to climate change around the world in this documentary series on Netflix.
- by HBOWith the Green New Deal sparking a national conversation about all the ways to combat climate change, John Oliver looks at a few potential solutions.
- Extraordinary Accounts of Animals Who Have Adapted To The Cruelest Evolutionary Curveballs. The Six-Part Series Continues Monday at 9/8c On National Geographic. Premieres April 1st, 2019. Hosted By Bear Grylls. Six-Part Series.
- National Geographic’s fan-favorite series Life Below Zero gives viewers chills as it captures the extreme lifestyles of tough Alaskans living off the grid. For more than 100 episodes, viewers have been captivated as individuals battle whiteout snowstorms, unpredictable frozen terrain and man-eating carnivores in one of the most isolated regions in the world. With temperatures as low as -40, crew members face their own unique challenges filming in the wilderness as they brave some of the world’s most dangerous conditions. Since its debut in 2013, the series has received 9 Primetime Emmy® nominations — including three in 2019 — and has won three Emmys for its craft in cinematography and picture editing.
- David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of lifeon our planet.
- by NBC NewsExtraordinary conversation when NBC News produced a Special Edition of Meet the Press on December 30, 2018, in which host, Chuck Todd introduced the show by saying, “We're going to take an in-depth look at a literally Earth-changing subject that doesn't get talked about this thoroughly on television news, at least: climate change. But just as important as what we are going to do this hour is what we're not going to do. We're not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter. And human activity is a major cause, period. We're not going to give time to climate deniers. The science is settled, even if political opinion is not.”It featured an interview with Michael Bloomberg vowing to elevate its role in the White House race. When asked about President Trump’s views on climate change, Bloomberg said, “It would be a lot more helpful if we had a climate champion rather than a climate denier in the White House. You know, I've always thought Trump has a right to his opinions but doesn't have a right to his own facts. And the truth of the matter is this country and this world is in trouble.” Watch the full interview. Watch the panel of experts.
- In the near future, Russia initiates a "silk glove" invasion of Norway to restart oil production, but soon uncertainty, chaos and danger erupt.
- by Patriot ActOn the latest Patriot Act, Hasan Minhaj analyzes how America became the number one producer of oil in the world. Hasan examines how the fossil fuel industry and government, through its goal of "energy dominance," are pushing for greater oil production and what that could mean for the environment.
- Our Planet is a global event that reminds us we're all on one team. The upcoming series, from Netflix—created in collaboration with Silverback Productions and WWF and narrated by David Attenborough—features jaw-dropping nature stories, grounded in the best science, and highlighting the most pressing challenges facing nature today. The eight-part original documentary series will be released globally on Netflix April 5, 2019. See some bizarre coverage here and additional coverage here.
- From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act. The show premieres December 12, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on the National Geographic channel. Starting on December 13, the film will be available for free on digital platforms on National Geographic’s website (https://NatGeoTV.com), mobile app (Nat Geo TV App), Video On Demand and connected devices (such as Roku, AppleTV). Also starting December 13, the film will be available for one week on National Geographic’s YouTube channel. Read Mike Bloomberg’s remarks about Paris to Pittsburgh at a special screening in Washington, D.C.
Peril and Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change is a public media initiative from WNET in New York reporting on the human impact of climate change, designed to provide context, scientifically sound information, and fact-based journalism to audiences across every platform of public media. It also focuses on stories of exciting new frontiers of scientific innovation in resilience, mitigation, and clean energy. We are partnering with some of public media’s most prestigious programs to use broadcast television, digital video, social media and public radio to tell these stories to the widest possible audience… locally, regionally, and nationally, on-air and online.
- David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.
- Experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, Planet Earth II takes you closer than ever before.
- Weeks after Hurricane Florence ravaged the Carolinas, and on the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy in New York, the four-part series examines how cities are preparing for the real-time effects of climate change.
- WaterBear, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Whatever you feel passionately about in the world of climate action, biodiversity, sustainability, community, diversity and more, WaterBear provides access to award-winning and inspirational content that empowers members to dive deeper, learn more and take action.
- by The Years ProjectFirst season launched in 2014 on Showtime; Second season on National Geographic in 2016 Years of Living Dangerously reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change across the planet. Featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential stars, from Harrison Ford to Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalists like Thomas L. Friedman, Lesley Stahl and Mark Bittman, each documentary explores a different impact of climate change and the solutions to combat it. You can learn about the stories covered, from the effects on our military to the arguments for a carbon tax, here. Watch the entire series of documentaries on YouTube.