In case you missed it, Earth Day is approaching rapidly. In fact, as we’re writing this post we’re only two weeks away. If you didn’t already know, Friday, April 22 is Earth Day 2022 and you might be thinking to yourself, “How can I observe Earth Day this year?” Well, one of the best ways to observe this spectacular holiday is to watch, read and consume as much content about the future of our planet as possible.
But where should you start? We’re glad you asked, because we put together some of our favorite Environmental Documentaries to help you celebrate Earth Day 2022.
Free Documentaries to watch on Earth Day
Before the Flood
If you’re a fan of star power in your documentaries then look no further than Before the Flood. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio give us a look at the changes that the environment is currently going through. The changes that humankind has on the planet are laid out before your eyes with stunning videography that will leave you breath taken. You’ll also be presented with ways we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.
What would happen if the Earth was afforded rights? Instead of being treated as a resource that just humans and some animals have?
This documentary highlights the view that the industrialized world tends to have on nature. That view is usually that nature is a resource from which wealth is extracted. This film highlights the fight by some indigenous communities, cities, regions and countries to give rights to the planet that we all call home.
Environmental Documentaries on Netflix
Ready to sit down and stream something that will help create change instead of melt your mind into mush? Here are some of our favorite documentaries on Netflix that will light a fire inside your belly.
One of our personal favorites is A Plastic Ocean that came out in 2017. A group of scientists, social entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and journalists studied the effects of plastic on ocean life, marine birds and the ecosystem that they live in and the findings are astounding. Let’s just say this one will make you think twice before buying that coke in a plastic bottle.
Seaspiracy is the groundbreaking Netflix Original documentary which seeks to expose the fishing industries impact on the world's oceans. This documentary will give you an inside look into what the world’s fishing industry looks like, something most people have never seen before. You’ll find yourself on a journey that may have you taking another look at how and what you consume on a daily basis.
In 2020, Attenborough narrated another wholesome documentary that summarizes his decades long career of covering Earth and humanity’s impact here. In A Life on Our Planet he guides us through his incredible 60-year career while illustrating all the devastating changes our planet has suffered during the same period. His message of hope will remind you that there’s still time to make changes to help create a more sustainable future.
Documentaries that predict global devastation without any sort of solution tend to leave viewers feeling helpless. This one is completely different!
Kiss the ground features celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Ian Sommerhalder, Environmental Activists and politicians and everyday people like you and me who are doing their part to create sustainable farming tactics, reforestation, sustainable agriculture and much more that gives us a solution to carbon capture and carbon reduction that is within reach.
Make sure you watch this one if you want to look forward to a more hopeful future.
Environmental documentaries for kids
Some documentaries can get a little too gloom-y doom-y for the young ones and while the changes happening in the world today are a serious problem, sometimes presenting these problems with a softer hand is the best way to teach our children about how the future generation can contribute to saving the planet.
Here are our favorite documentaries about the environment that are great for kids.
A family from Manhattan, New York decide that they want to live a life filled with less consumption where they make no net environmental impact. This documentary is a great place to start the discussion of creating less waste in your household by taking small steps that most people can make.
There’s no better way to help your kids get passionate about changing the world than by learning about someone close to their age who is doing it today. Greta Thunberg is an environmental activist that has been fighting for global change to the way corporations and everyday people treat the planet. Follow along on her journey in this inspiring film.
Environmental Documentaries that are Under 5 Minutes
Spending your whole day inside on Earth Day is not what this observed holiday is all about. If you want to get inspired quickly, these short videos are under 5 minutes and will inspire you to get up and take action.
Kids Take Action About Plastic
The next generation is going to be the one that has to deal with the majority of the consequences of single use plastics that continue to be found in the ocean and sea life that live there. This short Youtube film from National Geographic highlights a group of kids that are fighting to make a difference in Hawai’i. Watch it here.
How to Participate in Earth Day in Reno (2022)
After watching these documentaries, we’re sure you’re going to want to get involved yourself. So, here are some of the local events that will help you get started on your journey to creating a better Earth for all.
We’re excited to be a part of an Earth Day clean up right here in Reno, Nevada as one of the sponsors for a clean up at Dorokstar Park at 6331 Mayberry Drive Reno, NV 89519.
When: Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Where: Dorokstar Park at 6331 Mayberry Drive Reno, NV 89519
All you need to bring is water, closed-toed shoes, trash picker (if you have one) & gloves. Trash bags will be provided. There will also be raffling off fun eco-friendly prizes to raise money for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful! The event is free, but sign up here to make sure we know you’re coming.
A Reno staple, the Earth Day celebration at Idlewild Park will have exhibitors, performers and a community of people just like you who want to give back on Earth Day, April 22. They will be sharing information about creating more sustainable habits and will feature vendors and makers with an interest in giving back.
Taking place on April 30, 2022 Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is having a community wide clean up of their own. If you don’t know much about this organization, they are a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to creating a more sustainable and beautiful region through waste reduction, education and active community involvement.
Come by to help clean up illegal dumpsites, remove invasive weeds, plant natives, and collect litter. The clean up takes place from 9am - 12pm and you can sign-up to be a volunteer here.