5 Documentaries to Watch to Better Understand the Environmental Crisis

By: Rawan Khalil

Over the past few years Earth has faced more degradation than it ever had in its entire lifetime – which is very long indeed. Why? Well, here’s how to find out. So, maybe you should grab some popcorn, sit on a couch under a cozy blanket, and start watching one or more documentaries from this list. We’re living through an environmental crisis, to better understand it and learn how to deal with it you ought to first start watching these very interesting (they’re actually interesting) documentaries. It’s time to start working towards saving ourselves, before we self destruct.

Here is a list of 5 documentaries that you may want to add to your to-watch list – ASAP.


IMDb rating: 7.3/10

It dissects the bottled water industry’s character and how it impacts mundane things like our health but also large scale problems which affect everyone like pollution and climate change, meanwhile shedding light on our heavy reliance on oil. This documentary is perfect because it uses many different mediums from interviews  to video footages and music which makes it dynamic, entertaining and yet very informative. It explores in detail why tap water and hence the title ‘Tapped’ is better for you than bottled water. In a way, I would say that it teaches a very impactful lesson while still having incredible cinematography and delivering facts in a very sleek manner.

Blue Gold: Water Wars

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Here is another one about water because it is a finite resource which is a need. We need water to survive and in its absence we would not be capable of surviving. I genuinely love the name of this documentary because it shines light on the vitality of water and glorifies it to its real value but also has a real dark meaning behind it- it is such a beautiful paradox. It is a very eye-opening documentary and tackles many different issues and themes.

The True Cost

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

This documentary explores how our environment pays the true cost of the fashion industry. It is eye-opening to the behind the scenes of the fashion industry, what is behind all the beautiful models, magazine covers. It shows what is behind the gloss and glamour of the industry. It is so easy to turn a blind-eye to all negative and dark side but it also makes sense to sit down and think about where we’re putting our money. What is that money’s effect on the environment, because it may not seem like we are directly tied but it is a chain which both ends and starts with us!

Before The Flood

IMDb rating: 8.3/10

An exploration of climate change and how it is killing not only endangered species but whole ecosystems all over our planet. Leonardo Dicaprio basically visits places where climate change and global warming have had drastic repercussions on the environment. It presents the effects of consumerism on the environment and how only collectively we can make a change.

This documentary has a message, and it is that we have to save our planet because if anything is is worth saving it is the only home we have had!

Mission Blue

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

This features Sylvia Earle who is a marine biologist and oceanographer- a legendary one she is. She uses haunting words and I quote: ‘The Ocean is Dying! A world without the ocean, is a world without us.’  Our oceans have been devastated and judging by the fact that the earth is mainly water it does make sense that we should do something to save it, and that is the point of this documentary to raise awareness to remind us of why we need to take care of our oceans.

Well, that’s a wrap!

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