Environmental Movies to Watch on Netflix

If you’re like most college students (or really anyone, let’s be honest), you’ve spent a good few hours watching shows and movies on Netflix. Many of us probably feel guilty about the time we’ve wasted on the beloved movie-streaming site, but don’t worry – there’s a way for you to get your Netflix fix while learning something about the environment! It’s not wasting time if you’re learning something educational and important, right..? Check out the titles available on Netflix below:

Chasing Ice

Director: Jeff Orlowski

Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a multiyear record of the world’s changing glaciers.



Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.



Director: Josh Fox

Josh Fox examines the negative effects of natural-gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to unhealthy animals.


More than Honey

Director: Markus Imhoof

Already hailed as a definitive work on the subject, this comprehensive documentary examines the disappearance of honeybee populations worldwide.


Food Inc.

Director: Robert Kenner

Director Robert Kenner’s provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the food industry’s harmful effects on human health and the environment.


Mission Blue

Directors: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens

Oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle’s urgent mission to expose the dire condition of Earth’s oceans is captured in this documentary directed by Fisher Stevens, Academy Award-winning producer of “The Cove,” and Academy Award nominee Bob Nixon. Earle explains that the condition of our oceans, rapidly dying due to pollution, over-fishing, and acidification, is an ecological catastrophe soon to have a devastating impact on all life on Earth.


Ken Burns: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (5 episodes)

The award-winning documentarian turns his insight and cameras to the history and breathtaking splendor of America’s national parks.


180° South

Director: Chris Malloy

A band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out — in 2007, by boat — on a journey to Patagonia, South America, in this adventure documentary.


Written by: Ciara McGillivray, class of 2018

Photo by: Iryna YeroshkoBy: Iryna Yeroshko, 9/365 Movies, My Twitter



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