Hi everyone. As you might be aware, sustainability is one of the hottest topics today, and while some call it a ‘trend’, the reality is sustainability is here to stay.
We are facing climate change, mass species extinctions, melting of the ice caps, and many other problems today. And the truth is it is our fault for all of this happening. But do not lose your hopes just yet, because if we act now, we still have time to reverse this change and allow nature to restore.
Therefore, I am sharing my favourite environmental films and series with you to inspire you and help you learn more about the issues we are facing today.
1. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix)
In this powerful documentary, the famous broadcaster David Attenborough shows how steeply the planet’s biodiversity has diminished over his lifetime. Sir Attenborough is now 93, and after travelling the world his whole life, he has witnessed the natural world dying before his eyes. This movie is his witness statement. He showed the extent of the problems we are facing today and warned of the potential consequences. But in the end, it is not all so gloomy, as David Attenborough instilled a sense of hope showing how the world can restore if we just allow it to do so. This is definitely a must-watch, not just if you are interested in sustainability, but for absolutely each and every one of us on the planet!
2. Mission Blue (Netflix)
Mission Blue is an amazing documentary about Sylvia Earle – famous oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer – and her ‘Mission Blue’ campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries. The documentary follows Sylvia on her quest to protect the ocean from threats such as pollution, overfishing and climate change. We follow Sylvia on her journey and we get a chance to explore the extraordinary marine life that Sylvia calls home. It is hard not to be charmed and amazed by the abundance of life beneath the surface, but the movie also shows the image of the oceans now and the destruction of natural habitat through stunning images and videography. Yet another eye-opening movie which will leave you with something to think about!
3. Chasing Coral (Netflix)
Coral reefs around the world are dying at an unprecedented rate. In this Netflix Original documentary, a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on an adventure to document the disappearance of the world’s coral reefs. The extraordinary underwater photography and a suspenseful story is a wake-up call to save a crucial creature in our Earth’s complex ecosystem. The movie was filmed over more than three years and is the result of over 500 hours of underwater footage, so you will feel as you were submerged in the blue oceans yourself while watching, and be ready to listen for the warning about their uncertain future.
4. One Strange Rock (Disney+)
A television series produced by Darren Aronofsky (known for his movie ‘Black Swan’) and delivered by host Will Smith, it premiered on National Geographic to show an extraordinary life on Earth as seen from the eyes of the astronauts who spent over 1,000 days in space altogether. Will Smith guides us on this unique exploration alongside the astronauts who provide their perspectives and relate personal memoirs of the planet seen from a distance. The series delves into various topics and events such as oxygen, cosmic violence, human intelligence and alien life. A series definitely worth watching which will expand your knowledge on natural processes and make you realise how magnificent, rare and unique this One Strange Rock is.
Hopefully some of the above movies and series appeal to you and inspire you to learn more about Earth, sustainability and climate change. If you feel you would like to find out more about what you can do to help the environment, feel free to join University College Birmingham’s official sustainable and eco-friendly society, ONE (Ocean, Nature, Earth)! It’s absolutely free to join, so check them out on Instagram to find out more about what they do.
Also, while you are still reading, you might want to check out our Live Chat to hear what life at University College Birmingham is like from our current students! The event is taking place this week, so feel free to chat to these wonderful people who are there to answer any of the questions you might have. Follow this link and chat with us. 🙂
Thanks for reading!