Climate change, global warming, and energy independence are talked about frequently, but what all does it really mean. If you’re hoping to catch up on climate change and renewable energy, you’re in the right place. The list below highlights some of the best documentaries out there on the subject.
The 11th Hour (2007)
The 11th Hour is the first of two documentaries on this list that features actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Filling both producer and director roles, DiCaprio’s documentary delves into the devastating weather phenomena and their birth from climate change. Global warming is not the only issue discussed by over fifty experts, politicians, and activists. Deforestation, extinction, and over consumption all play a pivotal role in the eye-opening documentary. Some solutions for the future are discussed, but the biggest takeaway is that the people of the world must come together to protect our home.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Al Gore’s, An Inconvenient Truth, is probably the most famous documentary about climate change and our impact on the world. Whether you are seeing this documentary for the first time or the 100th, the facts hit you like a ton of bricks. Gore tells it like it is and doesn’t hold back. He highlights our use of resources, obsession with fossil fuels, and the damage man-made pollution has on the earth. Much like DiCaprio’s documentary above, the big idea of An Inconvenient Truth is not to scare the public. Instead, Gore hopes to bring people from all over the world together to fight against global warming.
Chasing the Sun (2016)
DiCaprio’s second appearance made it’s debut on Netflix this year. In Chasing the Sun, Leonardo DiCaprio discusses all things solar. He looks to solar energy as one of the many possible solutions to climate change, but also as a viable option for invigorating our economy. In moving to green energy solutions, we can also create a robust green economy. The documentary discusses that a shift to green energy would create upwards of a million jobs while simultaneously weaning us off of fossil fuels.
The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy (2016)
The final documentary on our list looks at renewable energy right from the trenches. The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy goes inside the corporations where both technological and ideological hurdles are cleared. The documentary delves into one of the biggest roadblocks in the renewable world – the cost. Breakthroughs are happening across the globe for renewables thanks to places like the Netherlands and California.