February is our literature and film themed month and today’s article is all about environmental documentaries. Sometimes it can be challenging to hear about the state of the planet and it’s often even harder to read about it, but there are lots of environmental documentaries out there which make watching more manageable and focus on solutions rather than just the problems.
We’ve sifted through and pulled together two of our favourite documentaries so you don’t have to trawl through the rest to find the best.
The Game Changers
One to watch for the effect of diet on health
Within a week of launching The Game Changers became the biggest selling documentary on iTunes. It was later released in the UK on Netflix last September. Directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, Chris Paul and other big names, it understandably landed with a splash.
The documentary explores the effect of plant based eating on health and strength. 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 after finding himself injured and in need of quick recovery.
The documentary also tackles the perception of masculinity and veganism as well as virility which is an interesting aside from the science and food. As a follow up to the documentary you can access plant based recipes and meal plans for a healthy diet on their website.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
One to watch for the effect of animal agriculture on the environment
Cowspiracy is dubbed ‘the film that environmental organisations don’t want you to see’. It delves into the environmental issues associated with animal agriculture from the perspective of an obsessive compulsive environmentalist, Kip Anderson. Filmmaker Kip discovers the most destructive industry to the planet and investigates how leading environmental organisations and charities don’t know about it, or rather choose not to talk about it.
The documentary really digs deep into the farming industry, causing backlash from farmers, but it gives a factual representation of animal agriculture that has never been seen before.
‘Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.’
I found the documentary really powerful and it made me really consider my dairy intake, which was really low anyway, and nudged me to become vegan after 11 years vegetarian.
Other environmental documentaries also worth watching:
- Our planet
- More than honey
- Fed up
- Before the flood
- The true cost
Watching a documentary is a small task but it could help you to make informed decisions for your own life and help to protect the environment. Let us know how you get on and whether any of the documentaries influence you to make any changes.
Lauren works as a digital fundraiser for a charity and volunteers in her spare time for a small animal charity doing all things digital. On the last Sunday of the month you’ll catch her out on a canoe litter picking on the Thames. Her favourite eco product is BECO soap.