Some of these documentaries are available on Youtube for free and some you need to rent for $5.00. You can just Google on line.
Those higher on the list impacted me greatly.
Climate Change in Four Dimension- not an actual documentary but a class with top UCSD/Scripps climate professors through the free online MOOC Coursera
Time to Choose- great photography. Covers lots of dimensions of climate. An efficient way to learn about lots of topics if don’t have time to watch lots of documentaries.
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion- discusses overpopulation’s impact on climate and the environment.
Racing Extinction- Biodiversity crisis. Outstanding.
The Cove– killing of 25,000 dolphins a year in Japan exposed. As a result, currently, killing gone down to 6,000. Also great in showing what very determined activists can accomplish.
Dirty Business- coal. mountain top removal
The Corporation- how corporations take on an identity that supercedes any individual and not for the better
Cross of the Moment- expresses an urgent need to correct the ill effects of climate change and environmental degradation
Gasland – fracking
Revolution – ocean problems. Climate impact on oceans. Deforestry affects on climate change. Activists attempt to change this.
Elemental- journey of 3 activists
The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil- when Cuba was cut off from oil, they starved for a few years then transitioned well to organic, local gardening.
Merchants of Doubt- intentional misleading of public about scientific issues like the impact of tobacco, flame retardants, climate change
General Orders No. 9- the change from urban to city life.
Inconvenient Truth- climate change science. Great movie for introduction to the topic. But most of us already know this.
Chasing Ice- Documenation of the decline in glaciers. Really beautiful
More Than Honey- impact of pesticides on bees
Climate Change and Public Health: Edited by Patz. Great book! Great for messaging those that don’t want to hear about climate change from fossil fuel angle.
Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for LIfe EO Wilson Biodiversity issues and solutions
Reinventing Fire: Amory Lovins. AUthor is very well respected. You need indepth prior knowledge on many of these issues (green building, transmission lines, etc.) Great detailed book but difficult for folks new to these areas.
Maybe One: Bill McKibben. Addresses overpopulation. Fabulous book.
SIlent Spring Rachel Carson. FIrst book that made the connection between chemicals and nature but so overly detailed that you get the point after a while.
The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy by Lester Brown: great summary of the rapid shift towards renewables. The figures go through 2014 so already dated a bit. I still like it because it is a one stop, well written summary. Hopeful.
The End of Western Civilization: great summary of the lack of political will to solve this problem even thought all the science was available.
Merchants of Doubt Naomi Oreskes- how certain people and organizations have purposely mislead the public about climate change
Sixth Extinction- Elizabeth Kohlbert
World on teh Edge Lester Brown- overview of how to reverse global degradation. Very readable.
Collapse Jared Diamond- documenting collapse of civilizations as a result of ignoring environmental signals
Storms of My Grandchildren- former NASA head James Hansen- really good but very technical
This Changes Everything Naomi Klein
Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion Elizabeth Cline – the impacts of fast fashion/cheap clothing on worker’s wages and the environment.