50 Eco-Conscious Documentaries to Celebrate Earth Day (That You Can Watch Online)
50 Eco-Conscious Documentaries to Celebrate Earth Day (That You Can Watch Online)
Art by Leon Bedore
By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org
Apr 22, 2017

Pachamama, our dear Mother Earth, is 4.5 billion years old. She is home to an estimated 8.7 million species of life! This wondrous web of relationships is truly a gift to be a part of, and we can thank our growing and evolving Mother Earth for the eyes and mind we have to appreciate our relationship with her. Just think - we evolved to have a form of consciousness that would eventually see that, as Earth is one meta-organism, we are the consciousness of that organism. In the same way that trees and plants are the lungs and ocean currents are like a circulatory system, humans are consciousness!

Earth Day is a day to be filled with cool epiphanies like these. It's a day to honor the many connections and relationships we have to Papatūānuku, and to remember that we really, truly are not separate from the universe. We are the universe.

While we have people like Rachel Carson, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Suzuki to thank for teaching us the scientific understandings behind this reality, Earth Day is also a day to give thanks to our indigenous elders - the oldest wisdom carriers of our human family - for retaining this wisdom so that the cultures who forgot could some day remember. We are still in that process of remembering. And in the spirit of that remembrance, we wanted to put together this list of environmental, eco-conscious documentaries. 

Most of them are free to watch online or can be watched for a few dollars. Just click the link for each film to watch. 

Happy Earth Day. <3

The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness (2013)
109 min Permaculture designer Andrew Faust gives us an inspiring and heady narrative about the evolution of all life and human consciousness on Mother Earth. 
The Global Brain: Peter Russell (1983)
35 min Peter Russell’s award-winning video, based on a live audio-visual presentation in 1983. He explores the idea that the Earth is an integrated, self-regulating living organism...
Earth Days (2009)
102 min While the publication of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring in 1962 has been cited by many as the dawn of the environmental movement, the celebration of the first Earth Day in...
United Natures: a United Nations of all Species (2013)
103 min United Natures explores the Rights of Mother Earth, Environmental Philosophy, Wisdom, Spirituality and the potential for a Neo-indigenous future for humanity. Directed and...
HOME (2009)
93 min We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic...
Dirt! The Movie (2009)
80 min DIRT! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to...
A New Story for Humanity (2016)
102 min A New Story For Humanity presents a beautifully and sensitively woven tapestry of the rich diversity that is the human family. Featuring interviews on the essential topics of...
A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (2016)
79 min A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in...
Origins (2014)
101 min This is a movie about how we have left the natural connection to the planet. The movie investigates how this has happened, the incredible amounts of pollutants that we are...
The Choice Is Ours (2016)
59 min This film series explores many aspects of our society. To rethink what is possible in our world, we need to consider what kind of world we want to live in. Although we refer to...
DIVE! Living Off America's Waste (2009)
53 min Inspired by a curiosity about our country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and...
Our Land - A 6 Part Series about Revolutionizing Our Relationship to Food & Land
60 min We have created this series of films to celebrate and interpret intervention, undertaken by individuals and communities, to shift our food and farm economy.  These episodes...
Years of Living Dangerously (2014)
60 min Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy.    In this...
Ecological Learning Through Direct Experience (2015)
45 min This is a documentary about getting out into the natural world and learning from the wisdom of land and people - focusing on how rewilding our perception might be the catalyst...
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective (2015)
92 min Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were...
Gimme Green (2007)
27 min Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the...
Earth Pilgrim (2008)
49 min A spiritual journey into the ethereal landscape of Dartmoor with Satish Kumar, the world-renowned ecologist & creator of Resurgence magazine. Through changing seasons, Satish...
The Economics of Happiness (Abridged Version)
19 min This is a shortened version of the award-winning feature-length documentary film, The Economics of Happiness. Cut down from 68 minutes to less than 20, it provides an...
PLANETARY  (2015)
81 min We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup...
Planet Ocean (2014)
88 min Can we imagine a film that would change the way people look at the ocean? Can we explain simply, to everyone, the greatest natural mystery of our planet? And lastly, can we...
Honey At The Top (2016)
57 min Kenya: a forest people #fightback as they are illegally evicted, beaten & imprisoned - paid for by the World Bank. HONEY AT THE TOP is the new documentary from Dean Puckett (...
The Nature of Cities (2010)
39 min "The Nature Of Cities" follows the journey of Professor Timothy Beatley as he explores urban projects around the world, representing the new green movement that hopes to move...
Within Reach (2013)
87 min Within Reach explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles...
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)
52 min When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This...
Permaculture: Green Gold (2012)
48 min "It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems with the use of permaculture design principles and techniques." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents...
Here and Now (2015)
18 min Here and Now weaves together social justice, land conservation, human history, and scientific knowledge into a cohesive and moving story about what’s possible by working...
Where Do You Draw the Line? (2016)
60 min Why is the Ecuadorian government proposing to extract oil in an area frequently classified by ecologists as one of the most bio-diverse rainforest regions left intact on earth?...
Unwasted: The Future Of Business On Earth (2011)
54 min Unwasted presents the alluring ideal of zero waste as a key element of the sustainable business model. While some may shake their heads thinking this an impossible task, it’s...
Singapore: Biophilic City (2012)
44 min A whirlwind week in Singapore exploring the amazing story of how Singapore came to be one of the most 'biophilic' cities of the world, on the cutting edge of ecocity design and...
Seeing the Forest (2015)
31 min This documentary tells the story of how a national forest service evolved from seeing trees as its primary resource, to seeing the forest whole.
Recipe For Change | Building an Earthship in Ushuaia (2014)
62 min The first feature length documentary having been conceived by the Valhalla Movement, Valhalla follows the story of Earthship Biotecture down in Ushuaia, Argentina as they and a...
A Burning Question: Propaganda & The Denial Of Climate Change (2012)
52 min Climate change has been hailed as "the biggest challenge to mankind in human history" and has also been called "the biggest swindle". Today many people are confused as to what...
In Transition 2.0: A Story of Resilience & Hope in Extraordinary Times (2012)
66 min This film is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. There are stories of...
Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War (2008)
58 min Using on-site and archival footage to illustrate specialist and eyewitness accounts from around the world, "Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives" shows how war and preparations for...
Occupied Cascadia (2012)
116 min Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and expressionistic. Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the...
First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture (2010)
90 min FIRST EARTH is a documentary about the movement towards a massive paradigm shift for shelter -- building healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself, and...
A Passion For Sustainability (2008)
56 min Envision a society where economic opportunity, social justice and sustainable culture all spring from environmental stewardship. Imagine a world where nurturing the health of...
Education For a Sustainable Future (2012)
53 min Education For a Sustainable Future presents information on how today's practices in schools are socially unsustainable. The documentary film critically analyses what is...
Fall and Winter (2013)
102 min This stunning film takes you on a hypnotic journey, reaching to the past to understand the origins of the catastrophic environmental transitions we now face. Over two years...
Waste = Food (2007)
49 min Man is the only creature that produces landfills. Natural resources are being depleted on a rapid scale while production and consumption are rising in na­tions like China and...
Not Business As Usual (2014)
61 min Not Business As Usual is a provocative look at capitalism and its unintended price of success. The film tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of...
Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification
22 min This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of...
Seeds of Permaculture: If It's Beautiful, It's Better (2013)
88 min An interactive film about permaculture in the tropics, with education and inspiration as the main threads running through this hour-and-a-half-documentary. We remind you...
The Soil Solution To Climate Change (2013)
30 min What If A Solution To Climate Change Was Beneath Your Feet?  Soil is a living universe beneath our feet. As important to our lives as clean air and water, soil also holds a...
The Bloom Episode 2: Practicing The New World
51 min Part II of The Bloom explores how Transformational Festivals have become incubators and spaces for “Practicing The New World”, where the festivals are produced using a model of...
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016)
125 min Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12...
The Superior Human? (2012)
73 min A documentary that systematically challenges the common human belief that humans are superior to other life forms. The documentary reveals the absurdity of this belief while...
Affluenza (1997)
56 min AFFLUENZA is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease - caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism - that is having a devastating impact...
Disruption (2014)
56 min This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the...
Occupy Love (2013)
85 min Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside the global revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet. Humanity is waking up to the fact that...

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