Top 10 Climate Documentaries

Top 10 Climate Change Documentaries

Learn More About the Climate Crisis

With Earth Day right around the corner, we’ve put together a list of climate documentaries for those of you looking to build up your knowledge of the climate crisis. Human activity, human industrial activity in particular, is having a very real and devastating impact on our planet.

There’s no doubt about it, climate change is already upon us. While it is currently only impacting a disproportionate representation of our planet, it ultimately threatens the future of us all. As a result, it’s certainly within our interest to learn more about it. What exactly is going on, and what can we do to help mitigate the disaster and adopt greater sustainability.

While there is no single solution out there on how we can collectively tackle the crisis, these brilliant documentaries can help provide plenty of insight. They are powerful, enlightening, and can potentially provide some much needed hope.

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So Much To Absorb

For other cool documentaries, you’re welcome to check out our recommended resources. We’ve also included a collection fascinating & relevant books as well as some sweet TED Talks. Although I’ve only added the briefest of synopsis for each film in this post, you can read more about each (and view the trailers) by following the links. Enjoy!!

1. Merchants of Doubt

Merchants of Doubt Trailer Image, a film describing some of the politics behind climate change.

An insightful doc that helps explain why climate change is not necessarily accepted by everyone on the planet, and a taste of the forces at work looking to keep climate action at bay.

Click here for more details & the film trailer.

2. A Fierce Green Fire

A Fierce Green Fire Trailer Image. A documentary film drawing upon the continuity of the environmental movement, bring us to present day climate change action.

This documentary provides the viewer with a summary of the modern environmental movement. It breaks it down into stages as you witness some of the main issues that were impacting people and the corresponding activism that grew in reaction.

Click here for more details & the film trailer.

3. Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress Trailer Image. A documentary film explaining why climate change is so difficult for us to grasp collectively.

This brilliant doc highlights the need to address the balance in our outlook when assessing climate change. Modern society has readily accepted globalization, but our minds have failed to catch up to viewing the planet through an equally global perspective. We need to recalibrate.

Click here for more details & the film trailer.

4. This Changes Everything

This Change Everything Trailer Image. A film describing why climate change is a threat, and how to move forward.

A film that sets to challenge the status quo. Science and industry has dictated terms for the past 2 centuries, but it is time to wake up our hubris and better understand nature’s role in our lives.

Click here for more details & the film trailer.

5. Tomorrow

Tomorrow Documentary Trailer Image. A documentary film with plenty of sustainable solutions for climate change.

A positively geared documentary that demonstrates some alternative models and key points to think about if we are to live more sustainably.

Click here for more details & the film trailer.

6. An Inconvenient Truth / Sequel

An Inconvenient Truth & Inconvenient Sequel Covers. The Al Gore documentaries covering the threat of climate change, and the corresponding climate action required.

When discussing climate change documentaries we absolutely need to include An Inconvenient Truth. It first aired in 2006, and hopefully you have already seen this one. As Al Gore‘s seminal film, this important doc was released at a pivotal time of growing public awareness. It did an excellent job of illustrating the emerging climate crisis and served as a dire warning.

A decade later, and we have An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. It is essentially an updated version with more contemporary data & examples as we follow Al Gore in the lead-up to the breakthrough Paris Climate Accord.

7. Trashed

Trashed Documentary Cover. Film exploring the sheer amount of waste generated by humans, and the human impact of climate change.

Investigating what we do with our trash, and the impact it has.

Click here for more details & the film trailer

8. Dirt!

Dirt Documentary Cover. A film highlighting the ravages of chemical agriculture along with potential solutions to climate change.

Learning more about the importance of soil, and how industrial practices are transforming it.

Click here for more details & the film trailer

9. Chasing Coral

Chasing Coral Documentary Cover. Documentary exploring the impacts of climate change on ocean coral.

Learning more about the amazing earth and the vanishing coral.

Click here for more details & the film trailer

10. Earth From Space

Earth From Space Documentary Cover. The film will help you better understand climate change, as you better understand the planet's connecting systems.

Get an out of this world perspective on how it all connects.

Click here for more details & the film trailer

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Climate Change Is An Ongoing Crisis

The climate emergency is ongoing, with new developments updating regularly. As a result, this list is relatively dynamic (as we try to keep it at 10). For those of you keen on watching a few more, there are of course still plenty of climate documentaries out there!

You’re also welcome to explore the Sustainably Motivated Documentaries category, or feel free to come find us on IMDB. If there are any films you really enjoyed, or think we missed please take a moment to include it in the comments below. Happy viewing!


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    1. Right on, thanks Chris!!👌 Al Gore & the whole Climate Reality Project do some pretty amazing work! Please let me know if you have any other goodies:)


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