While the coronavirus crisis offers governments the chance to make climate-smart choices and policies on a national and international scale, it has also given us as individuals the chance to see the benefits of slowing down and living at a different pace. Either by design or out of necessity, we have altered our lifestyles to live in more thoughtful and sustainable ways, many of which are outlined below and can even be adopted into the post-pandemic world.
If you’re spending more time than usual on Netflix, then take this time to dig through the archives and top up your knowledge on climate change. From satirical mockumentaries, to game-changing examinations of the fossil fuel, meat and fashion industries these award-winning documentaries are empowering ways to get to grips with some of the greatest threats to our planet and people.
- This Changes Everything – Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, this film is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
- Before The Flood – From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
- The True Cost – The True Cost is a ground-breaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on an unseen part of our world and asks us each to consider, who pays the price for our clothing. Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers, including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Vandana Shiva, the film is an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
- Cowspiracy – is a feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers one of the most destructive industries in world and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about the meat industry.
- Our Planet – Building on the furore that the final episode of Blue Planet II made when it revealed that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, David Attenborough takes a closer look at the inextricable links between the human and natural world in the six-part Our Planet series.
- Carnage – A mockumentary set in 2067, where the UK is totally vegan, but older generations are suffering the guilt of their carnivorous past.