Sit back, educate yourself—and get inspired—with these fascinating films

These green-themed films will help you better understand the climate crisis and the impact it continues to have worldwide, as well as teach you how to protect the planet in the years ahead.

1. Eyes of the Orangutan

Hosted by internationally acclaimed environmental photojournalist and filmmaker Aaron Gekoski, this powerful documentary explores the troubling realities of wildlife tourism. The film took four years to make, in which Gekonski investigates an orangutan smuggling operation in Indonesia. It was produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios, who also produced Ivory Game (2016) and Sea of Shadows (2019).


2. The Year Earth Changed

The Year Earth Changed is an uplifting and timely documentary about how nature began to thrive in different parts of the world when we went into a global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes everything from, “hearing birdsong in deserted cities to witnessing whales communicating in new ways,” as described in the synopsis. Narrated by David Attenborough, this film showcases never-before-seen footage and makes you realize how our actions leave such a major impact on wildlife, and how we can still coexist harmoniously.


3. Meat Me Halfway

Giving up meat entirely and going plant-based can be tough for many people, so can there ever be a middle ground? Brian Kateman, leader of the “Reducetarian” movement tackles this question while going on his own personal journey to reduce meat consumption. This documentary features interviews with experts and individuals who talk about the various complexities of making the switch, and how we can achieve a healthy path forward.


4. River’s End

Written and directed by Jacob Morrison, River’s End highlights the struggle to secure water in California, and how politics and money can play a role in who gets access to this crucial life source. The documentary also speaks to the larger issue of the current global water crisis and what could happen if we do not take action soon.


5. Burning

In Burning, Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner recounts Australia’s devastating bushfires in 2019 and 2020, where nearly 59 million acres of land was ravaged. She speaks to victims of the blaze who lost their livelihoods, and includes the perspective of activists and scientists who explain what is at stake if we don't take action against climate change.