Environmental documentaries to get you motivated this January

Happy New Year to you all! 2019 was a great year for us what with the launch of E.C.O. and we’re so grateful for your readership over the past 7 months so thank you for your support.

Today is the start of a New Year and the day of fresh resolutions. If your New Year’s resolution is to reduce your environmental impact, one option you can take is to try Veganuary.

‘Following a vegan diet could be the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact’

This quote was taken from a report written by researchers at the University of Oxford. They discovered that removing meat and dairy products from your diet could reduceyour carbon footprint from food up to an astonishing 73%.

For a little more background information on Veganuary head to last week’s article which explores how going plant based can reduce your impact on the environment, animal cruelty, and your health to name a few.

While trying Veganuary isn’t necessarily a switch that most people make a decision about over overnight, it can be as easy as that. For me the final piece of motivation I needed to make me try it was watching a documentary.

On New Year’s day while you’re nursing your hangover or making well intentioned resolutions why not watch a documentary or two to get you motivated to make a change?

There are loads of documentaries out there and Netflix has a great range of them which explore a range of issues around the environment and climate emergency. We have pulled together a roundup of the best ones:

The Gamechangers
Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul this documentary delves into meat, protein, strength and health.

The story follows James Wilks, an elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner, who travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance.

The Gamechangers

Forks over knives
In this documentary researchers explore how following a plant-based diet can help to control or even eliminate diseases. They have since released a cookbook which inspires healthy living through a range of plant-based recipes and providing a better understanding of nutrition. Having tried the cookbook I can say first hand that it’s great and worth a buy.

Cowspiracy
A documentary that delves into the environmental issues associated with animal agriculture from the perspective of an Obsessive Compulsive Environmentalist. This documentary actually made me really consider my dairy intake, which was really low anyway, and nudged me to become vegan after 11 years vegetarian.

It’s dubbed ‘the film that environmental organisations don’t want you to see’ as it looks at how organisations and charities ignore the impact that animal agriculture is having on the environment.

Cowspiracy

More than honey
Through interviews with beekeepers and scientists this film looks at the increasingly declining bee population, why it is happening and what effect this may have on our planet.

Other documentaries also worth watching:

  • Our planet
  • Minimalism
  • Fed up
  • Before the flood
  • The true cost

Even if it’s just a few small actions you vow to take this year for the planet, like cutting down on your meat/dairy intake, it can make a bigger difference than you think and the more of us that do it the greater impact we’ll have. Lets get 2020 started!


Lauren works for a charity, has been vegetarian for 11 years (newly vegan this year) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.

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