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Our team’s pick: Top 5 Movies on Climate Change
Our team’s pick: Top 5 Movies on Climate Change
illuminem
Mar 10 2023 · 2 min read

Illuminem Voices
Climate Change · Sustainable Lifestyle

Looking for some entertainment while also learning about climate change? We asked our team to share their Top 5 picks for movies and documentaries that tackle the urgent issue of our planet's health. From witty satires to underwater adventures, these films will make you think, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear. So grab some popcorn, settle in, and let's get started!


1️⃣ An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

What is it about: This Oscar-winning documentary boldly confronts an uncomfortable truth - that we have damaged our planet. Former US Vice President Al Gore reminds us of the fragility of Earth and reflects on ways to prevent the ongoing disaster.

Who's starring: Al Gore

Where to watch: Amazon Prime


2️⃣ Chasing Coral (2017)

What is it about: Join a group of divers, photographers, and scientists on an epic underwater adventure in this Netflix documentary as they investigate the vanishing coral reefs and reveal the mesmerizing underwater world. Can we save the corals from extinction? Watch and discover.

Who's starring: Richard Vevers, Zackery Rago, Ruth Gates, and Andrew Ackerman

Where to watch: Netflix


3️⃣ 2040 (2019)  

What is it about: In this imaginative letter to his daughter, Australian actor Damon Gameau envisions a potential future if we come together to combat climate change. This documentary encourages us to look ahead twenty years and imagine what our world could be like if we work together to make a change.

Who's starring: Damon Gameau

Where to watch: Apple TV


4️⃣ Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

What is it about: This fantastic drama provides a glimpse into the world of six-year-old Hushpuppy, who lives with her family in a remote Delta community. When her father falls mysteriously ill and their home is flooded, Hushpuppy embarks on a quest to find her lost mother and face prehistoric creatures.

Who's starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Gina Montana, Amber Henry, Jonshel Alexander, and Nicholas Clark

Where to watch: Apple TV


5️⃣ Don’t look up (2021)

What is it about: In this witty and cleverly crafted satire, our society's obsession with social media popularity, political agendas, and ratings threaten to blind us to the imminent danger of the planet's demise. Leonardo DiCaprio's charm adds to the film's appeal, making it a must-watch and earning it the  top spot in our the Top 5!

Who's starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, and Rob Morgan

Where to watch: Netflix


We hope you enjoy our top picks as much as we did. And if you are in the mood for some reading instead, here’s an inspiring piece from our Thought Leader Vasanth Seshadri on the power of fiction to create Climate Change awareness!

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