8 Climate Change Documentaries On Netflix You Should Watch

Want to understand the climate issues? Here are the climate change documentaries on Netflix you should watch

“Climate change is the greatest threat to our existence in our short history on this planet. Nobody is going to buy their way out of its effects.” – Mark Ruffallo

Climate change is coming up as one of the most severe issues for mankind to deal with, and at the same time, it is the one being overlooked too. While many people don’t have an adequate understanding of the issue, there are many who just choose to overlook the issue. And either of the cases is leading the world close to its end. But it’s time we understand the issue and hence, here are some climate change documentaries on Netflix you should watch to understand the climate change issues in a better manner.


8 Climate Change Documentaries On Netflix You Should Watch

  1. An Inconvenient Truth

This climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth directed by Davis Guggenheim, traces the efforts of the former US Vice President Al Gore to raise awareness of global warming and its implications. Al Gore gives a great talk on climate change in the film and aims to raise awareness about the condition of a “planetary emergency” triggered by global warming.

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  1. The True Cost

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A documentary made in 2015 which upholds the power to change the way you think about the clothes you wear and how they are being made. In 2013, in Bangladesh, the Rana Plaza factory collapse led to 1,134 deaths and this event laid to the foundation of the docu, The True Coast. The Director, Andrew Morgan  then did an investigation on the human and environmental cost of fast fashion in Asian countries like India and Bangladesh.

  1. Chasing Corals

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A documentary that is about something really less talked about, ‘the corals’. It is about the underwater movement and about the coral reefs, how are they getting affected by the alarming changes in the climate. This one-of-a-kind docu is tracing how underwater life gets affected by climatic changes. 

  1. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

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We all associate the name of Leonardo DiCaprio with environmental activism and this climate change documentary is produced by DiCaprio himself. We all know how veganism is linked to climate change and this documentary takes a step forward to put the layers of the concept in the best way possible. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a great example of a film that can tell the environmental effects of meat.


  1. This Changes Everything

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Naomi Klein, a Canadian author, and social activist, after the successful release of the bestselling book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Environment thought of making a documentary on environmental issues. The documentary, This Changes Everything revolves around the economic systems and environmental issues.

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  1. 2040

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What will happen if we start using the innovations made to reduce carbon from now? Damon Gameau, an Australian artist, presents a hopeful view of things in 2040, contemplating what the earth will be doing in 20 years if we used the infrastructure and thinking that is now possible to reduce the amount of pollution in our atmosphere. This involves using almost all green energies, electrifying our transportation grids, transitioning to regenerative agriculture, and carbon sequestration. Unlike others, this docu might leave you with some hope to start working on climate from now.

  1. A Plastic Ocean
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There is nothing new in the fact that plastic is hazardous to the environment. This climate change documentary explores the origins and effects of waste caused by plastic, especially for the water bodies.

  1. Mission Blue

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Based on the career of an oceanographer, Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue covers her life how nature kept fascinating her and the effects on her and her family when they shifted to Florida. The film is co-directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens.

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Ishika Aggarwal

Can write, shoot, listen, talk and procrastinate. A feminist at heart, Ishika is an avid writer and multimedia person who loves talking about women, realism, and society. When not working she is either seen watching films or making one.
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