Top 10 movies to watch to celebrate Earth Day

You don’t have to be an environmental activist to know that the planet is in an approximate state and it’s our fault. Stopping the climate destruction that is already wreaking havoc in societies and countries around the world requires all of us to do more, at every level, and that means finding ways to raise issues and inform ourselves wherever we are and in all kinds of contexts. Entertainment and cinema have always been a way to inform the public, change attitudes, and motivate ourselves to act, so here is a list of the 10 best films to watch in celebration of Earth Day.

Earlier this month, I brought you my list of the best Arbor Day movies to watch, a list of tree and forest-themed viewing options. You can read this list hereAnd of course you can add those movies to those in the list below, to expand your viewing plans for more than just the day or weekend, because that’s also Earth Week. Ideally, you’ll keep these lists handy and keep adding a few movies to your year-round viewing plans.

I avoided repeating any of those movies on this list, although some of the selections below actually relate to forests and trees as well. The criteria are very simple and clear here, and there were a lot of films to choose from with environmental themes, but I wanted a mix of many styles and for all tastes.

There is a little bit of everything on this list. Some documentaries and cult classics, some entertaining science fiction and some comedy, true stories and animated fiction, big ideas and simple concepts, sadness and joy, success and failure. This means that the list is very similar to the reality of environmental activity and humanity’s approach to global warming so far. It offers an eclectic set of recommendations that are sure to give everyone at least a few views that they will appreciate.

And now, without further ado and in no particular order, here are the 10 best movies to watch on Earth Day!

  • An inconvenient fact – Former Vice President Al Gore’s final environmental documentary won two Oscars, including Best Documentary, and is a must-watch.
  • Wall- E – A family-friendly look at climate destruction and unbridled corporate greed, with a subtle warning that unless we learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.
  • the day after tomorrow – Outrageously unrealistic, it’s hyperbolic view of the immediacy of global warming is a fun and exciting way to visualize the subject.
  • Prince Mononoke – A testament to environmental storytelling and a statement that the broader harmony with nature necessarily includes the harmony among us.
  • Optical fiber – The best feature is adapted from a true story of environmental activism, fueled by Julia Roberts’ strong performance and PG&E villain.
  • cove – A harrowing and shocking documentation of the human abuse and massacre of one of the most intelligent species on the planet, and the governments covering them up.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest – Among the most popular films about the environment, animated or otherwise, and the most family-friendly on the list.
  • silent running – A great classic sci-fi movie that proves that people have already known about the dangers to our environment for 50 years and have been declaring the need for action.
  • grizzly man – This harrowing documentary is a testament to the love and appreciation of wild animals, and to the fact that humans help animals better by… Avoid With them.
  • Boom Boko – A bittersweet satire of human short-sightedness and missed opportunities, magical yet heartbreaking, with raccoon’s moving testicles more than expected.

Here, dear readers, is my compilation of the best films to watch in celebration of Earth Day. Pick a few, pick a lot, and give them a watch tonight and this weekend – some for the whole family and/or friends, some for adults only, and some for you personally.

But don’t stop there, add movies like these to watch throughout the rest of the weekend and Earth Week, and recommend them to your friends and family too. Because we won’t save this planet if we only think about it one day a year, and if we don’t save this planet we won’t save ourselves. Simply.

Happy Earth Day everyone, and remember to stay safe and healthy as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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