Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet, still a contentious issue with the oil, gas and coal lobby, and producing a plethora of films about climate change issues.
Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth may have had a wider impact than any other documentary about the environment but there are many more just as good. We have looked at nearly 100 films that tackle the issues. Some see climate change as real and problematic, some are dramas with climate change as a theme, and a few reflect the climate change sceptic camp one way or another.
With the Climate Summit in full swing in Paris, as we write this, the world seems to be moving towards agreement on concerted action to combat man made climate change. The majority will of the people globally now seems to be a desire to tackle these issues urgently. Whether or not the conflicting interests of countries, corporations and peoples vastly varying in their economic and ecological positioning can be ironed out to create effective global agreements or not remains to be seen.
In January President Obama tweeted the NASA backed statistic that: “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.” The BBC has ceased representing their usual stance of ‘for and against’ perspectives about issues when reporting on global warming in the face of overwhelming consensus among experts.
The old sceptic or ‘realist’ vanguard who used to flat out deny that climate change is a real phenomena at all seem to have changed their argument to include a range of more convoluted ones – the ‘climate change isn’t settled’ perspective that puts forward the argument that it’s not clear if climate change is continuing to occur or if the causes are man made or ‘natural’ therefore action to combat man made climate change is unnecessary and pre-emptive, not to mention in their view that climate action and a move to low carbon economies is anti-growth and therefore dangerous to profit and prosperity.
The evidence is that an overwhelming majority of climate scientists now agree on the existence, causes and approximate magnitude of global climate change. Climate scientists are still debating the effect of clouds on the process, how fast sea levels are going to rise, the effects of carbon in soil being released by warming, the effects of methane locked in permafrost being released, how much CO2 the oceans can absorb and how conveyor currents will effect that process.
Finally, although clever statistical attribution studies that analyse the ‘fingerprints’ of various human driven processes – deforestation, fossil fuel burning and other CO2 emissions, livestock farming and other farming practices to name a few – have concluded that humans are unambiguously responsible for the majority of climate change, there is evidence that a small proportion may be due to larger natural processes that we have no control over, and these additional causes are still being studied and debated.
There are so many great films out there covering a range of issues connected to climate change and global warming, mostly raising awareness of the urgency of tackling the issue, but a small number of slick and extensively marketed films have emerged from the climate change sceptic camps too.
If you believe, as we at Meet The Filmmakers do, that great films can change the world, changing hearts and minds, take the time to sample some of these amazing works that present some beautiful personal stories, brilliantly researched evidence, ideas and solutions, and incredible dramatized tales of the crossroads humanity is attempting to address in Paris.
MUST SEE DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING ISSUES
What A Way To Go – Life At The End Of Empire
Often featured in ‘top ten’ climate change film lists. A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle. Features interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Jerry Mander, Chellis Glendinning, Richard Heinberg, Thomas Berry, William Catton. This film is available to watch immdediately here.
This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein’s polemic and fascinating book turned into a gripping documentary. The realisation that a solution to climate change is possible changes everything. This film paints a picture of a post-fossil-fueled, post-capitalist future that seems not only within reach, but like a place where we actually want to live. The central and exciting idea – that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better – is built through seven powerful portraits of communities tackling issues that affect us all. This film is available here.
The Age Of Stupid
Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite plays an old man living in the devastated, climate change ravaged, world of 2055. A drama documentary with astonishing performances and well researched, informative predictions. This film is available here.
If we don’t understand the lessons from Copenhagen, we are doomed to repeat them now in Paris. While the world body meets once more to adopt a legally binding climate agreement the world holds it’s breath. Jeff Canin explores climate change through the prism of climate justice and provides a gripping examination of the human costs of climate change, followed by the much welcomed emergence of community-led solutions, culminating in an inspiring call to action for audiences around the world. Watch this film immediately here.
The climate change film that has been heralded as the ‘must see’ of the genre. Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog provides beautiful and haunting footage of the Arctic capturing images conveying the immediate effects of global warming. Balog was once a skeptic about climate change, but followed the scientific discussion, and went to find out for himself. This film is his journey. This film is available here.
Low Carbon: The Economics Of Climate Change
A survey commissioned by the British government concluded that climate change will account for a 5 to 20% loss in Gross World Product within the next 30 years. These Spanish filmmakers investigated how a move to a low carbon economy could in fact create new economic opportunities. Far from meaning a rejection of capitalism or turning our backs on the niceties of modern life business opportunities are appearing everywhere; from driving electric cars to producing ethanol from waste products. In the words of Jeremy Rifkin, author of ‘The Third Industrial Revolution,’ and ‘The Hydrogen Economy’ a move to a low carbon economy is “the biggest extension of capitalism in history, empowering people.” Available to watch immediately here.
The 11th Hour
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, the environmental tipping points we face, and the means by which we can change our course. This film is available here.
Keep On Rollin
With an eye on carbon emissions this film shows how in just over a century, cars have completely transformed our way of life. In many areas, cars are prioritised over people. 62% of urban space is now devoted to roads or car parks and garages are often larger than children’s rooms. Devoting so much public space to the least efficient form of transport has also changed the way we interact with our environment drastically. This film examines the implications of our love affair with the car. Watch this film immediately here.
Prophets and Loss
What was probably the first film on global warming started with an invitation from Robert Redford to film a conference he convened in 1989 at his Sundance resort in Utah – to discuss the growing awareness of climate change. Redford invited both American and Soviet climate scientists – among them Jim Hansen, Roald Sagdeev, Carl Sagan and Stephen Schneider. Also attending were Paul Ehrlich, Chief Oren Lyons, Amory Lovins, and many others. With more filming in Moscow and Cairo, talking to Claudine Schneider and Lester Brown among others, looking at related issues around population, migration etc. that would impact our rapidly changing world. Made by Nick Hart Williams and Gabrielle Kelly. You can see it here.
The Island President
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea. He is a man confronting a problem greater than any leader has ever faced, the rising sea levels imminently threatening the very existence of his country and his people. This film is available here.
An Inconvenient Truth
A documentary following former United States Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to educate citizens about global warming via a comprehensive slide show that, by his own estimate made in the film, he had given more than a thousand times. A blockbuster climate film which had a huge impact in the USA and across the world. This film is available here.
Meat The Truth
A single issue focused look at one of the most important causes of climate change – intensive livestock production. Livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. This film is available here.
The Denial Machine & Climate Of Doubt
Two documentaries that explore the debate about global warming and the way this scientific issue has become a rhetorical firestorm with science pitted against spin. The second film discovers how climate skeptics mobilized, built their argument, and undermined public acceptance of a global scientific consensus in America. The Denial Machine available here Climate Of Doubt available here.
Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change
This shocking film documents the extraordinary influence that the largest company in the world has on governments, the media and citizens, how it promotes it’s own interests with disregard for climate change, and what can be done about global warming. This film is available here.
Trading on Thin Air
Exposes the methods used by the global financial oligarchy to extract the wealth of nation states and how the same strategy is being used to subvert a movement for conservation and sustainability and harness it to create the next economic big bubble. This film is available here.
A BBC documentary about how unintentional increased reflectance due to man made pollution has actually hidden the affects of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Since measurements began in the 1950s, scientists have discovered that there has been a decline of sunlight reaching the Earth; they called it global dimming. This film is available here.
With stunning aerial footage from fifty-four countries, ‘Home’ is a beautiful depiction of how Earth’s problems are all interlinked. This film is available to watch here.
Voices Of Transition
This hopeful documentary examines the danger posed to agricultural production by energy and resource scarcity. It depicts organic agricultural alternatives in France, the Transition Towns movement worldwide, and urbanised food production in Cuba as forerunners of the transformation of food production away from industrialised agriculture and towards small-scale, decentralised production methods. This film is available here.
Six Degrees Could Change The World
A National Geographic Channel TV programme,”Six Degrees Could Change The World” was produced after the book ‘Six Degrees: Our Future On A Hotter Planet’ won the Royal Society Prize. This film available here.
This film is about mass migration caused by our changing climate. What happens when an over populated world with lack of resources and a changing climate all collide with each other. An intersection of humanity that many are calling the greatest challenge mankind will ever face. This film is available here.
This film considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager. Over five years, she travels alongside her mother, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Information about this film here.
Sun Come Up
This is an Academy Award nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees. When climate change threatens their survival, the islanders face a painful decision. They must leave their ancestral land in search of a new place to call home. Sun Come Up follows a group of young islanders as they search for land and build relationships in war-torn Bougainville, 50 miles across the open ocean. This film available here.
A Climate Of Change
From the makers of Food Inc. a documentary featuring Tilda Swinton and focused on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming. This film available here.
Greedy Lying Bastards
This documentary investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to oil industry front groups, to prominent politicians and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening democracy and the ability for future generations to survive on planet earth. This film available here.
The Possibility Of Hope
This film looks at different matters of the world such as immigration, global warming and capitalism through the hopeful eyes of scientists and philosophers. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and included as an extra in the Special Edition DVD of Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men. This film available here.
Thin Ice: The Inside Story Of Climate Science
In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so concerned geologist Simon Lamb grabbed his camera and set out to explore the inside story of climate research. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. They talk about their work, their hopes and fears with a rare candor and directness, resulting in an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate and provide a compelling case for rising CO2 as the main cause. Available here
For the past two decades researchers, activists, scientists, and progressive politicians have struggled to rouse the public and the federal government to take action on global warming. Concurrently, naysayers, industry funded think-tanks and lobbyists have worked tirelessly to challenge, convolute and dismiss the issue as hysterical. Everything’s Cool tells the harrowing story of what it takes to talk about global warming — the art of duking it out with collective denial, the struggle to communicate the urgency of the crisis to an indifferent public and a laggard United States government. We follow a cadre of messengers who are passionate, exasperated, driven by fear, hope and a deep appreciation for the ever shrinking window of time we have to stop global warming. Available here
A Fierce Green Fire
An exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Available here
Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer ‘the size of North America.’ The culprit was a man-made chemical called CFCs, which were prevalent in billions of dollars worth of refrigeration, air conditioning, and other products that had revolutionized America’s way of life. With doctors forecasting skyrocketing cancer if we didn’t make a change, the stakes were literally ‘life as we know it.’ Yet business remained bitterly opposed. Politicians were slow to act. Like with today’s CO2 emissions, an invisible compound was threatening the Earth’s life-support systems, but a solution seemed beyond reach. Eerily reminiscent of today’s energy and climate crisis, this film tells the story of how America led the world to solve the potential environmental crisis. Available here
Houston We Have a Problem
The Oil Barons, Wildcatters, and roughnecks and their long struggle to feed America’s ferocious oil appetite. Step inside the oil culture to understand just how the USA became so addicted and why Houston believes we must go “Green” for a secure domestic energy future. Available here
An optimistic, solutions focused, and witty discovery of what people are already doing, what we as a nation could be doing and what the world needs to do to prevent (or at least slow down) the impending climate crisis. Available here
Too Hot Not To Handle
Heat waves. Melting glaciers. Rising sea levels. Catastrophic storms. Migrating viruses. Population displacement. Over the past 100 years, the mass consumption of fossil fuels, especially in America, has contributed to a dangerous warming of the earth that has adversely impacted the way we live. This cautionary HBO documentary offers a guide to the effects of global warming in the United States. Available here
YERT – your environmental road trip
An adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity – a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), the three filmmakers upended their lives, pooled their collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: Are we doomed? Available here
The first documentary of its kind to tell the story of dependence on fossil fuels as the greatest long-term national security threat confronting the U.S., and how the military is leading our transition away from oil. The troops are crying out to unleash us from the tether of fuel and war. But is Congress listening? Available here
Most experts agree that global peak oil production, when demand exceeds supply, will occur within the next 15 years and will drastically change the very fabric of our industrialized world. As fossil fuels power every facet of the American economy, how can we avoid an energy crisis and a possible collapse of our economy? Today, China and India have aspirations to attain our western quality of life; but at the rate and the way we use the world’s energy resources, their ambition will be physically impossible. In addition to increasing geopolitical conflicts, the process of extracting and using these crucial resources is endangering the very own habitat that we depend on to prosper as a species – pushing the earth’s climate and ecosystem to a point of no-return. It is clear that in order for us to survive our modern self-destructive societies, we will have to change course drastically and as fast as possible. Scientists and experts agree that the use of renewable energy such as solar and wind power, coupled with higher efficiency and conservation, will be key factors in preserving our quality of life and paving the way to a sustainable world for our children. Will America be up to the task as it consumes 25% of the world’s energy, 85% of which comes from non-renewable fossil fuels? Available here
Today we are facing not one but two global crises: the financial crisis but also the more insidious one relating to our misuse of natural resources. The two are so tightly linked that we will not solve the global financial crisis until we start to think of using resources more efficiently and sustainably. For example with each smart phone made, more than 50 minerals are exploited. Our growing dependence on these finite resources for new technology will only deepen the financial crisis as prices increase exponentially. A potential battleground for the future has been laid, as these resources get more and more scarce. This film investigates where we are failing and gives hope for our future on a planet with finite resources. Available here
Global Warming: The Signs And Science
Documentary about people across America living with the grave consequences of a changing climate and the individuals, communities and scientists inventing new approaches to safeguard our children’s future. Available here
A Sea Change
A life-long sportsman and retired educator, Sven Huseby considers himself a well-informed environmentalist. But he is caught by surprise when he reads about the effect of excess carbon dioxide on the ocean in Elizabeth Kolbert’s New Yorker article, “The Darkening Sea.” Sven embarks on a mission to learn more, wrestling with the possibility that his five-year-old grandson Elias will inherit an ocean bereft of the fish that have meant so much to their family. Sven uncovers research on the world’s acidifying seas and its dramatic implications for our culture and economy. Available here
How To Boil A Frog
How to Boil a Frog is an eco-comedy that gives an overview of the Big Mess We’re In – environment, energy, economic – and lays out a set of personal solutions that will make your life better and save civilization as a by-product. With its Everyman approach in the style of “Supersize Me”, interviews with scientists, journalists and energy experts across North America, this film takes the kind of information that makes most people want to jump off a bridge and makes it into entertainment that just might save your life, and everybody else’s too. Available here
Narrated by Matt Damon, Plan B is based on the book by environmental visionary Lester Brown. Shot on location around the world, the film’s message is clear and unflinching — either confront the realities of climate change or suffer the consequences of lost civilizations and failed states. Provides audiences with a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming. Available here
David Attenborough’s – Are We Changing Planet Earth?
David Attenborough’s two-part series on global warming. In the first, he uses selected facts and clear visuals to bring a convincing argument in favor of human-caused global warming. In the second, he supplies possible human solutions. Episode One Available here. Episode Two Available here.
A Climate Of Change
This is a thorough (and accessible) study of current climate change research, speaking with a dozen of Canada’s foremost climate scientists, as well as historians and civil rights activists, to gain perspectives on the past, present and future of climate reality. Available here
Last Days Of The Arctic
Stunning imagery from a photographer who has made a career of capturing the human faces of climate change, and the vanishing lifestyles of the Far North. Available here
Growth Busters – Hooked On Growth
This takes a unique approach among modern environmental documentaries: Rather than dispensing facts about climate change; peak energy, food and water; and biodiversity loss, it examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from acting rationally. It asks why population conversations are so difficult to have, and why a roaring economy is more important to us than a survivable planet. It looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with community growth and economic growth. Hooked on Growth holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind, and the values we need to embrace, in order that our children can survive and thrive. Available here
The Hungry Tide
The Pacific nation of Kiribati is on the front line of climate change. Sea level rise is threatening the lives of 105,000 people in this vulnerable and forgotten corner of the Pacific. Maria Tiimon, a Kiribati woman living in Sydney, has been given the task of alerting the world to her sinking homeland. The film follows Maria from a small Sydney high school to the world stage. Available here
Dramatic forces reshape Earth’s climate every day. Using an astounding collection of satellite imagery, novel time-lapse footage, and inventive 360 photography, Frozen Planet presents those places on Earth most susceptible to rapid climate change. David Attenborough. Series Available here
Earth 2050 – The Future Of Energy
A 2004 Pentagon report warns the US President that an abrupt climate change will take the planet earth on the brink of anarchy and nuclear war for access to basic resources like food and water. “2050” approaches the climate change issue from the perspective of the consequences for our civilization and the short time we have to react. Available here
High Anxieties: The Mathematics Of Chaos
This is a BBC documentary about the mathematics of chaos that tries to profile chaos theory in relation to climate change and fluctuating financial markets. Available here
The Antarctica Challenge
This film looks at the climate change research currently being done by the scientists stationed in Antarctica. Available here
Up In Smoke
Slash and burn farming generates more carbon annually than all air travel put together. It sits at the crossroads of two of the greatest threats to global stability: accelerating climate change and diminishing food security. This follows British scientist Mike Hands, who has laboured for 25 years to find a solution to replacing slash & burn agriculture in equatorial rainforests. And he’s found it! Available here
Owning The Weather – Weather Modification And GeoEngineering
We’ve always wanted to control the weather. Now we may have to… Available here
The Nuclear Comeback
In a world living in fear of climate change, the nuclear industry has put its hand up as a solution. It claims that nuclear power generation produces zero carbon emissions… Available here
Running On Climate
Climate change is driving not just the weather, but scientists to extremes. Some are getting arrested. Renowned climate scientist Dr. Andrew Weaver is running for a political party that has never won a seat in its 30 year history… Available here
Climate change is already here. In another decade, the damage will be irreversible.This film is a sneak peek into the future. This year-long road trip takes us around the world, to places where global warming is having an immediate effect. We meet people for whom climate change already has life-and-death implications. Personal stories from the front lines of climate change in Kenya, India, Canada, the Arctic, China, and Montana where people’s lives have already been dramatically altered. Available here
The Bliss Of Ignorance
Through first-hand testimony The Bliss of Ignorance investigates South Africa’s complex relationship with one of the country’s most abundant resources: coal, the CO2 giant. Available here
Global Warming: Our Searing Earth
Lays bare the hidden catastrophe of global warming. Using original interviews with scientists and victims alike we look to the truth behind the controversy and examine the devastating current and future effects on our planet. Even the Pentagon is preparing for the fact that massive climate change will cause civil disruption and conflict around the world. Scientists tell us that the effects of global warming could turn Northern Europe in an icebox and flood half of Bangladesh. We find the people who are fighting global warming one power source at a time, one household at a time, one car at a time. And finally ask the question: Is there anything that we can do to prevent the catastrophe? Available here
The Carbon Collective
Founded by climate change specialist Roberto Jimenez, Costa Rica’s Group CO2 is a youth environmental collective bringing together the country’s future experts to lead on the mitigation of urgent climate change issues. Available here
The Soil Solution To Climate Change
What if a solution to climate change was beneath your feet? The Soil Solution explores the fascinating world of soil and documents the ranchers and scientists who conserve, protect and regenerate this valuable natural resource. Healthy soil, as vital to our survival as clean air and water, may provide a biologically-based, low cost solution to global climate change. Available here
When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much? Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction. This is the story of a unique moment in history: a time of consequences, risk, and a chance to change everything. Available here
Fight For The Planet
Focuses on the physical, social and economic impacts of global warming, and stresses the need for a change in politics – but also in behavior. It sheds light on the ideas and opinions of our younger generation, and their struggle to be heard. It investigates both the science behind climate change, and technologies that will bring us into the new ‘green’ future. Available here
Before The Last Drop
Feature length documentary that explores the symbiotic relationships of water and energy. Before the last drop focuses its story in Garfield County Colorado, where oil and gas development and the process of “Fracking” is threatening our much needed water supply. When population growth collides with climate change and the energy industry, who gets hurt and who pays the collision costs? When an insider working the gas drilling pads speaks out, who listens? Available here
Climate Of Hope
Created to demystify climate change and nuclear energy. While the threat of climate change is now widely accepted in the community, the potential for nuclear power stations in Australia has raised questions about the best strategy for Australia to move to a low-carbon economy. This animated documentary takes viewers on a tour through the science of climate change, the nuclear fuel chain, and the remarkable energy revolution that is under way. Available here
The First Millimeter: Healing The Earth
This film is about one solution to global warming through carbon sequestration in grasslands worldwide. It is an answer that saves money, our food supply and, most likely, our children’s lives. Available here
Climate Change: Lines Of Evidence
The National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council is pleased to present this video that provides a ‘basic’ overview of how scientists have arrived at the state of knowledge about current climate change and its causes. Available here
Between The Tides
The sea level is rising at an alarming 3.14 mm per year in the Bay of Bengal due to climate change. An estimated 125 million people may be rendered homeless in India and Bangladesh by the the end of this century. What are their options? How long do people have? Between the Tides is a feature length documentary film that explores the human cost of climate change and those living on the front lines of sea level rise in the Ganges Delta. Available here
Explores what “a worst-case” future might look like if humans do not take action on current or impending problems that could threaten civilization. The problems addressed in the program include current climate change, overpopulation, and misuse of energy resources. The events parallel the life of a fictitious storyteller, “Lucy” (told through the use of motion comics, or limited animation), as she describes how the events affect her life. Includes predictions of a dystopian Earth in the years 2015, 2030, 2050, 2085, and 2100 by scientists, historians, social anthropologists, and economists. Available here
Five Ways To Save The World
The “five ways” proposed are geo-engineering techniques; space lenses in orbit, to diffract sunlight away from the earth, cloud seeding with seawater to increase albedo, sulfur launched into the stratosphere to increase albedo, ocean fertilization with iron or urea (nitrogen fertilizer, artificial trees for carbon capture and sequestration. Since the first three methods do not remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they would only reduce global warming but not ocean acidification. Since the last two methods would remove carbon dioxide, they could in theory reduce both global warming and ocean acidification. Available here
Ice And The Sky
French documentary film directed by Luc Jacquet about the work of Claude Lorius, who began studying Antarctic ice in 1957, and, in 1965, was the first scientist to be concerned about global warming. The film was selected to close the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Information here
The Yes Men Are Revolting
The Yes Men are a culture jamming group that use satirical performance art to make political points. While impersonating public relations personnel, they hold fake press conferences where they announce corporations, governments, and other organisations have taken a new, leftist stance. After seeing little gain from their pranks and increasing demands in their personal lives, The Yes Men debate whether they should continue. They are reinvigorated by the Occupy Wall Street protests and embark on a new campaign to combat climate change denial. Available here
Who Killed The Electric Car?
In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline… Ten years later, these cars were destroyed. This film examines the politics, business interests, and technology that explains why. Film available here.
Revenge Of The Electric Car
The same director who made Who Killed The Electric Car shows that you can’t kill an idea that’s time has come and goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Film available here.
DRAMA FEATURE FILMS WITH THEMES OF CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING
Les Temps Changent (Changing Climates, Changing Times)
Year 2060. Climate predictions made at the beginning of the 21st century have turned out to be dramatically true: global warming of the Earth’s atmosphere now has serious consequences on the every day lives of our grandchildren. Available here
It’s Tomorrow – The Film
This film explores what a worst-case scenario of climate change might look like and gives a glimpse of the kind of floods and other natural disasters that might visit us in future. The Earth introduces itself in the film and talks to the audience about its current state and what it is experiencing due to climate change. Information available here
A Sweet Spot in Time
The personal journey of a 15-year-old fighting for his generation’s future. An epic and adventurous tale that shows the world of 2100 – if we fail to act now. This dramatic, but scientifically accurate, story follows a character that has been separated from his family due to an ecological disaster, and now has to travel inland to find salvation. The movie leaves audiences hopeful, inspired, and motivated to act. A call to today’s children to fix the mistakes of the past, and save the future of tomorrow. Information available here
The Day After Tomorrow
Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden climate change induced international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. Available here
Global climate change prompts a scientific corporation to genetically modify Alaskan polar bears with horrific and deadly results. Available here
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Available here
A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. Available here
When her single mom runs off to California, Lauduree, a passionate environmentalist, clings to her rural home and a carbon sequestration experiment. But her grandmother Greta, a caustic nurse on the verge of moving in with her long-distance boyfriend, has other plans. Thrust into each other’s lives, the two women must learn to trust each other and leap into the unknown. Available here
DOCUMENTARIES SCEPTICAL ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING
Had it’s premier in Paris while the summit was taking place and disseminated as a direct challenge to the agenda of global action on climate change. The question this films asks is; ‘Is man-made “global warming” an overheated environmental con job being used to push for drastic government control and a radical “Green” energy agenda?’ Information available here
The Great Global Warming Swindle
To go to film for a number of well-worn denialist talking points, interlaced with some classic rhetorical trickery, presented as the “real science” behind this film. Available here
Debunking ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’
Two short debunkings of the climate sceptic British documentary that claimed people are not responsible for global warming. The film shows that scientists quoted in ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ claim that they were totally misrepresented, and the director suffered previous legal problems for selectively editing footage to misrepresent facts, leading the station who aired ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ to issue an on air apology. This film is available to watch here.
Global Warming Or Global Governance
This film presents the conspiracy-tinged theory that the IPCC is a political organization set up by the United Nations to provide evidence to support a convention on climate change for entirely political ends. Presents the idea that the global warming agenda is being funded with tens of billions of dollars as a mechanism to create global governance. Available here
The Boy Who Cried Warming
A sceptical documentary arguing that global warming has been promoted as a truth to ‘support the political motivations of Al Gore and other shepherds of global warming,’ repeats the climate change deniers position that the ‘cold facts’ of science show catastrophic claims about climate change to be untrue, and puts forward the view that various Carbon Trading legislation will have catastrophically negative effects on the economies of the world. Available here
Global Warming – Doomsday Called Off
A rehash of the usual denialist arguments that global warming is not predominantly caused by man made CO2 emissions but by natural phenomena we can do little about. Available here
Not Evil Just Wrong
Proposes that extreme environmentalism is damaging the lives of vulnerable populations in the developed and developing world, from the ban on DDT to the current campaigns on global warming. Available here
The Cloud Mystery
Explores a controversed theory by Danish scientist Henrik Svensmark on how galactic cosmic rays and solar activity may affect cloud cover, and how this might influence global warming. This documentary presents the viewpoint of scientists who do not consider global warming is caused by anthropogenic production of carbon dioxide. It argues that cloud cover change caused by variations in cosmic rays is a major contributor to global temperature increase, and it claims that human influence and the effect of greenhouse gases have been exaggerated. Available here
Climate Gate – Is There Any Truth To The Charges?
A set of stolen emails from one of the world’s leading climate centers, The Universtiy of East Anglia causes Climate Sceptics to believe what they always suspected, an evil global conspiracy. Available here
A documentary film based on the book Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming by Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg. The film stars Lomborg lecturing and brainstorming ideas to make the environmental movement less propagandistic and more realistic, which includes de-emphasizing efforts to stop global warming. Interviews include many scientists and activists both supporting and disputing Lomborg. It also explicitly challenges Al Gore’s Oscar-winning environmental awareness documentary, An Inconvenient Truth (2006), and was frequently presented by the media in that light. Available here
32,000 Leading Scientists Signed a Petition Against Climate Change?
Is That Really True? Well, no….But to get to the bottom of this claim, we’ll have to go back in history, and meet someone who really was, at one time, a leading scientist… Available here
Global Cooling: In the 70s, They said there’d be an Ice Age
In the 70’s, Deniers will tell you, All climate scientists believed an ice age was coming. This short presentation addresses the commonly cited “global cooling” argument. Available hereShare: