12 Environmental Movies To Watch (while desk warming)

12 Environmental Movies To Watch 

1. Forks over Knives (2011) Director Lee Fulkerson

Forks over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict modern society can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Great inspiration and fascinating research.

2. A River of Waste: The hazardous truth about factory farms (2009) Directed by Don McCorkell

“The notion that our food system is the safest in the world is nothing more than a lie,” states Don McCorkell, a former Oklahoma Congressman who is the director of this troubling and provoking documentary about the environmental and health problems being caused by modern poultry and meat production farms. McCorkell examines closely the impacts businesses are having on water reserve and surrounding lake environments. But it’s not all doom. He also compares European systems and regulations which are lessening the damage caused by factory farming and asks why America is not following suit. The answer is of course money.

You can watch it for free Here.

3. The 11th Hour (2007) Directors Leila Conners and Nadia Conners  Narrator,  Leonardo DiCaprio

‘Co-directors Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners conduct interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists and creative thinkers in a film that asks whether or not it’s too late to avoid the ecological disaster that looms ominously on the horizon. In addition to exploring how the human race has arrived at this crucial point in history, conversations with 50 leading thinkers, scientists, and leaders including former Soviet prime minister Mikhail Gorbachev, world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, and sustainable design experts Bruce Mau and William McDonough to find out just what humankind can do about the most pressing issues of our time’. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rotten Tomatoes.

4. Food Matters (2008) Directors James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma

“Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food” – Hippocrates.

This film brings together a collection of interviews with leading Nutritionists, Naturopaths, Scientists, M.D.’s and Medical Journalists to discover scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.

5. Food Inc (2008) Director Robert Kenner 

Kenner lifts the veil on America’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from consumers with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The country’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. The film features interview with leading experts and scientist on the state of America’s factory farming and regulation process.

6. The Cove (2009) Director Louie Psihoyos

The cove follows a team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on the brutal illegal, inhumane slaughter of dolphins for food. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.

7. Fuel (2008) Director Joshua Tickell

Finally, an uplifting documentary!!

‘Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America’s addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant unemployment, an out-of-control national debt, and an insatiable demand for energy weigh heavily on all of us. Fuel shows us the way out of the mess we’re in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home. The film never dwells on the negative, but instead shows us the easy solutions already within our reach.’ ~Rebecca Harrell IMDB

8. No Impact Man (2009) Directors Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein

Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for a year.It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.


No problem – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.

9. Thirst (2004) Director Alan Snitow

Over a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Each year, millions of children die of diseases caused by unsafe water. The numbers are increasing.

Is water part of a shared “commons,” a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace? “Thirst” tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions.

This is a PBS production, but you can watch it in full for free by clicking Thirst above.

10. Crude (2009) Directed by Joe Berlinder

The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly disappearing indigenous cultures.

Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

11. An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Director Davis Guggenheinm

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, it’s about time.

With wit, smarts and hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately brings home Al Gore’s persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue – rather, it is the biggest moral challenge facing our global civilization.

12. Philosophy: Guide to Happiness 

This is a six part (6 hours) series presented by British philosopher Alain de Botton, feature six prominent philosophers work with strolls around their neighborhoods and insight into their reasoning. I know I cheated on this one as it’s not directly linked to the environment but I think of it as apart of our mental environment.

Vegetarians and Vegans are nothing if not philosophically aware.


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