Netflix docs to kickstart your green education.

Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things (2016)

People dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness are interviewed in this documentary showing the virtues of less is more.

Your first lesson is in consumption, fast fashion and remembering what is really important. We have been reminded of this throughout this year and it is something that we should run with into the future. We can reduce waste and reduce consumption of fossil fuels used in production. Declutter our lives to declutter our minds and open our hearts to the beauty that the world has to offer.


Over the past 18 months, many of us have essentially finished Netflix, but in case you haven’t quite reached the depths, here are my recommendations for Netflix docs that will help you on your way to your environmental education.

Throughout lockdown there were many Netflix docs to catch our attention, from Tiger King to the newest in True Crime – there was always something to keep us entertained whilst the pubs were closed.

These 5 Netflix docs may not be the newest but these are staple in launching us into a brighter, greener future. It’s time to embrace a new normal, eh?

Netflix docs to kickstart your environmental education

Documentaries are a great, low-cost way to learn more about the world around you.

A Plastic Ocean (2016)

When he discovers the world’s oceans brimming with plastic waste, a documentary filmmaker investigates the pollution’s environmental impacts

Lesson number two is in plastic pollution. Living by the seaside – this is a topic very close to my heart and I will freely admit that I have watched this documentary a number of times. What starts as an adventure to find and film whales, turns into an investigation about our impact on the oceans and the way that our relationship with plastic is shaping the world around us. It will really make you think about the changes you can make in your daily lives to reduce our negative impact on the natural world.



The Ivory Game (2016)

Filmmakers infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, exposing poachers and dealers as African elephants’ edge closer to extinction.

Lesson three focuses on extinction. This documentary is not the easiest watch, but discomfort is a small price to pay to step away from ignorance. This documentary not only deals with the death of elephants at the hands of poachers, but also looks at the wider issues. Highlighting the role of ivory dealers, consumer markets, organised crime gangs exploiting the poor and the troubled relationship between rural communities and wildlife. A remarkable look at those fighting on the front line of conservation and the danger they face.



Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources – and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.

Lesson four is a classic. Since its release in 2014, Cowspiracy has become a must-watch for anyone who wants to reduce their impact on the planet. It tackles the huge problem of animal agriculture and the way it is rapidly destroying our natural world. It tackles the issue of sustainable farming, the meat and dairy industries and also why this leading cause of environmental change is often glossed over. The facts spell out the way we can change the course of our futures, but will we ever be ready to hear this inconvenient truth?



David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (2020)

A broadcaster recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future.

I couldn’t do a list without mentioning David Attenborough! Let’s face it, he is kind of King of the World, so he should have the final say. Lesson five is an overview of the planet and to offer some hope for where we go from here. In this reflection on his career and the state of the planet, he addresses the issues we face and the changes we have to make to ensure a future for us all. This is a must watch for everyone, so why not stick it on tonight and start your journey towards a more sustainable life.




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