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In a world increasingly grappling with environmental challenges, cinema serves as a powerful medium to raise awareness and inspire action. From documentaries to captivating fictional narratives, there are numerous films that shed light on the delicate balance between humanity and the planet. Here’s a curated list of the top 10 climate-related movies that offer both entertainment and insight into pressing global issues.

  1. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)


Directed by Davis Guggenheim, “An Inconvenient Truth” features former Vice President Al Gore as he presents a compelling case for the urgent need to address climate change. The documentary is a wake-up call, combining scientific data with Gore’s passionate advocacy for sustainable living.

  1. Before the Flood (2016)


Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, “Before the Flood” takes viewers on a global journey to witness the devastating impacts of climate change. DiCaprio interviews world leaders and experts, exploring potential solutions to the environmental crisis.

  1. The True Cost (2015)


Directed by Andrew Morgan, “The True Cost” delves into the fashion industry’s environmental and social impacts. This eye-opening documentary explores the consequences of fast fashion, urging viewers to consider the ethical and environmental consequences of their clothing choices.

  1. Chasing Ice (2012)


Renowned National Geographic photographer James Balog captures the alarming disappearance of glaciers in this visually stunning documentary. “Chasing Ice” provides a powerful visual testament to the effects of climate change on our planet’s ice formations.

  1. Wall-E (2008)


This animated masterpiece from Pixar, directed by Andrew Stanton, offers a thought-provoking vision of a future Earth overwhelmed by waste and pollution. “Wall-E” is both a heartwarming love story and a cautionary tale about environmental stewardship.

  1. The 11th Hour (2007)


Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, “The 11th Hour” explores the critical state of the planet’s ecosystems and the potential consequences if humanity fails to take meaningful action. The documentary features insights from experts in various fields, emphasizing the need for sustainable practice.

7. A Plastic Ocean (2016)


Directed by Craig Leeson, “A Plastic Ocean” takes a deep dive into the alarming issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. This documentary follows researchers and adventurers as they uncover the devastating impact of plastic waste on marine life and ecosystems, emphasizing the urgent need for global solutions to combat this environmental crisis. “A Plastic Ocean” serves as a poignant reminder of our responsibility to protect the oceans and the planet from the pervasive effects of plastic pollution.

  1. Rotten (2018-2019, TV Series)


While not a movie, “Rotten” is a documentary series on Netflix that explores the global food industry’s impact on the environment. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of the food supply chain, uncovering the environmental and ethical challenges associated with our food choices.

  1. Our Planet (2019, TV Series)


Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, “Our Planet” is a visually breathtaking nature documentary series that highlights the beauty of the Earth’s diverse ecosystems. Simultaneously, it underscores the urgent need for conservation efforts to preserve these habitats in the face of climate change.

  1. Sustainable (2016)


Directed by Matt Wechsler, “Sustainable” delves into the challenges and opportunities facing sustainable agriculture. The film introduces viewers to farmers, chefs, and policymakers working towards a more sustainable and ethical food system.

Leena Joshi

Delhi North East '24

Leena Joshi is a social entrepreneur, climate advocate and author. She is the founder and executive director of Ethereal, a youth-led climate nonprofit, with 9000 volunteers in 60+ countries. She has sat on boards and advisory councils for various organizations. She has been a member at Harvard Business Review Ascend Select and has provided insights to editorial, marketing and product teams of HBR and has contributed to research projects by HBR. Leena's work has been featured by World Bank Group, United Nations Climate Change, United Nations Foundation, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, Feminist and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organizations including World Bank Group, Greenpeace USA, 4ocean and Plastic Pollution Coalition. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored books including 'The Climate Awakening' and 'Ethereal' and writes poetry about social impact.