Documentaries About Sustainability

Knowledge is power, and in the case of protecting the planet, the more we know about our impact and how we can reverse the effects, the better. As Einstein once said; ‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.’ From uncovering the ‘true cost’ of construction to unearthing the planet’s best-kept sustainability practices with Zac Efron, each of these insightful documentaries about sustainability highlights an array of environmental issues – and more importantly, what can be done to reverse humanity’s harmful habits.

  • The green planet

    Ο Join Sir David Attenborough and step into a hidden world full of remarkable behaviour, emotional stories and surprising heroes. Using specialist cameras, this spectacular series allows us to travel beyond the power of the human eye, to look closer at the interconnected world of plants, showcasing over two decades of new discoveries. From deserts, tropical jungles and underwater worlds to seasonal lands and our own urban environment, each episode introduces a set of plants, reveals the battles they face, and the ingenious ways they’ve found to survive.

  • Sustainability Documentary

    This video explores the rise of the concept of sustainability as it has gone from the fringes to the mainstream within just a few short decades, driven by an environmental crisis on a global scale. In this short documentary film, we explore this new environmental context of the Anthropocene and the key structural transformations in our economy required to achieve sustainability in the age of globalization.

  • The Rights of Nature

    Western views and the legal system tend to view nature as property, and as a resource from which wealth is extracted, a commodity whose only value is to provide for human needs. But for millennia indigenous communities have viewed themselves as part of nature. As pressures on ecosystems mount and as conventional laws seem increasingly inadequate to address environmental degradation, communities, cities, regions and countries around the world are turning to a new legal strategy known as The Rights of Nature. This film takes viewers on a journey that explores the more recent origins of this legal concept, and its application and implementation in Ecuador, New Zealand, and the United States. Learn how constitutional reforms adopted in Ecuador have helped recognize nature as a legal entity, and how partnerships between the Māori and the government of New Zealand have led to personhood status for rivers, lakes and forests, and a renewed sense of balance between people and nature. See how the Rights of Nature function in the urban setting of Santa Monica, California. The film explores the successes and challenges inherent in creating new legal structures that have the potential to maintain and restore ecosystems while achieving a balance between humans and nature.

  • Extreme Reality

    Featuring narrator Matt Damon, "Extreme Realities" investigates one of the most critical issues of our time: the link between severe weather events, climate change, and threats to our national security. Emmy-award winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner consult with experts to find out what is happening to our weather. Just pick up any newspaper or watch any television news report and it becomes evident that unprecedented extreme weather events such as severe drought and heat waves, more intense hurricanes, increased tornado and wildfire activity, and crippling blizzards are leaving a trail of death and destruction throughout the world. In the wake of these disasters, we ask ourselves this fundamental question... Are these merely weather events that happen once in a hundred years - or are they early warning signals of a new reality - a new normal - a tipping point pushing our planet towards an environmental cliff?


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