Five Wild Picks / Movies to Watch Over the Holidays
Between now and the end of the year, many of us will be gathering with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. It's the perfect time to cozy up with one of these recent environmental documentaries:
1) Chasing Coral — The filmmakers spent more than three years capturing beautiful underwater footage to tell the story of coral bleaching, why reefs are disappearing, and why saving the remaining reefs is so important.
2) Sea of Shadows — This feature from National Geographic follows scientists, environmentalists, journalists, fishermen, and cartel criminals through the dark world of totoaba poaching in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, where efforts are underway to save the last of a vanishing porpoise, the vaquita — the most endangered marine mammal in the world — from nets cast to catch totoaba, which are also critically endangered.
3) The Game Changers — Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and executive-produced by big names including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan, this movie explores how elite athletes have discovered the power of plant-based eating. While not specifically an environmental movie, this film busts common myths around meat, protein and strength, adding to the evidence in support of Earth-friendly diets.
4) Our Planet — David Attenborough narrates this Netflix docuseries that shows the human impact on wildlife and their habitats. At times the footage is heartbreaking, but as the Center's climate science director wrote earlier this year, we need to bear witness and demand action from our leaders.
5) Anthropocene: The Human Epoch — Deemed "the scariest horror movie of the year" by The Revelator, this documentary takes viewers on a journey around the world to explore how humans have changed the face of the planet, ultimately providing hope for our power to save what's left.