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11 essential environmental films of the last 10 years

11 essential environmental films of the last 10 years

There is no time like the present to better understand the planet and our effects on it.

Today, there are environmental films appearing on a wide range of topics, so the opportunities to learn about the planet and how to protect it are easy and endless, and perhaps essential as world leaders waver in their commitments to fight climate change.

From climate change to waste production to slaughterhouse effects, here is a list of 11 movies worth watching (and rewatching) today.

1. The 11th Hour (2007)

With actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, “The 11th Hour” looks at the ways we have impacted the planet through global warming, deforestation, species extinction, and the depletion of ocean habitats. The documentary features former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and physicist Stephen Hawking, among many other politicians, scientists, and environmental activists.

2. Meat The Truth (2008)

Meat the Truth explores the relationship between livestock production and global climate change, using powerful comparisons with greenhouse gas emissions caused by cars, trains, and airplanes.

3. Tapped (2009)

Tapping dives into the impact of the water bottle industry on climate change, pollution and our health, and looks at how dependent we are on oil.

4. Gasland (2010)

When Josh Fox was offered $ 100,000 from a gas company to drill on his land, he decided to investigate the impact drilling and fracking has on the environment. His investigation takes viewers through intriguing and horrifying scenes when it comes to contaminated water.

5. If a Tree Falls: A Story from the Land Liberation Front (2011)

Documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry looks at the fight activists are fighting for the environment. The main character of the film, Daniel McGowan, is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) who faced life in prison after logging companies bombed and were found guilty of environmental terrorism. .

6. Breaking the ice (2012)

This film perfectly captures the problem of the melting of the planet's glaciers over several years with National Geographic photographer James Balog. The scenes are extremely powerful and leave little to the imagination when it comes to the melting layers of ice.


7. More than honey (2013)

Bees have been dying at an alarming rate around the world. In "More Than Honey," Markus Imhoof seeks the answers as to why little critters are suddenly dying from industrial farming practices to crop pesticides.

8. Cowspiracy (2014)

This documentary explores the effects that large-scale agriculture and livestock have on the planet. Viewers follow filmmaker Kip Andersen as he discovers why environmental organizations are afraid to talk about it.

9. After the spill (2015)

As a follow-up to “SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories,” this film looks at the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill as part of the larger picture of Louisiana's oil and gas industry and its relationship to coastal erosion.

10. Before the flood (2016)

Leonardo DiCaprio released this feature-length documentary in 2016. DiCaprio acts as a guide for the audience as he meets with various world leaders to ask questions about global warming.

11. An Uncomfortable Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

Former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, returns with "An Uncomfortable Sequel: Truth to Power." His trailer sets an intriguing tone. Starting with Donald Trump's comments. The trailer takes you into the world of Al Gore and his efforts to reveal the uncomfortable truth, more than 10 years after the original film, "An Inconvenient Truth.", "An Inconvenient Truth."

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