A new report from GlobalWebIndex claims that awareness raising initiatives over the last 12 months, including ‘David Attenborough’s acclaimed TV series Blue Planet II and Our Planet, released on Netflix last month, are having a positive impact in changing people’s behaviour. Indeed, the ‘Attenborough effect’ accounts for over half of consumers saying they have reduced the amount of disposable plastic they are using…
So what other TV programmes and films are there that might spur people into action? Listed below are some of our recommendations. Let us know if we’re missing any!
Climate Change – The facts – After one of the hottest years on record, Sir David Attenborough looks at the science of climate change and potential solutions to this global threat. Interviews with some of the world’s leading climate scientists explore recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires. They also reveal what dangerous levels of climate change could mean for both human populations and the natural world in the future.
War on Plastics with Hugh and Anita – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani explore the plastic pollution problem and what can be done to try and solve it. They challenge big businesses to do more to reduce the plastic in their products and question the government about what they are doing to address recycling and plastic production.
Ice on Fire – A documentary by Leo DiCaprio which gives a voice to the scientists and researchers who work tirelessly every day on the front lines of climate change.
Steve Backshall’s Undiscovered Worlds – Steve Backshall visits unexplored parts of the world. From receding Arctic glaciers to polluted underground cave systems in Mexico, Steve and his team show us first hand the effects that climate change is having on our planet.
Plastic China – Banned in China, this documentary tells the story of a family that scrapes by working to sort plastic waste.
A Plastic Whale – Focusing on a dead whale whose stomach was full of plastic bags and packaging, this Sky documentary looks for possible environmental solutions and forms part of its supprt for its Ocean Rescue campaign.
A Plastic Ocean – Craig Leeson investigates the environmental impacts of ocean plastic waste.
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – Angela Sun’s journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Terrifying stuff.
Wasteland – This documentary shows the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Artist Vik takes the viewer from the world’s largest landfill site outside Rio to international art stardom. He collaborates with the pickers who live and work in the rubbish.
How to Change the World – This chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s nuclear bomb tests in Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement with the birth of Greenpeace.
Stacey Dooley Investigates Fashion’s Dirty Little Secret – The Strictly 2018 winner investigates the shocking environmental impact caused by our insatiable appetite for cheap clothing.