Watch The Top 10 Documentaries about Climate Change Online. Plus: the Top 5 Skeptic's Arguments Addressed

By Tim Hjersted

Here is a round up of the 10 best films about climate change or the issues related to it. Click the title of each film to watch all of these documentaries online.

 

10. Meat The Truth (2008)

Although many films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. 

9. The Crisis of Civilization (2011)

A dark comedy remix mash-up bonanza about the end of industrial civilization. featuring clowns, car crashes, explosions, super heroes, and xylophones and much, much more ..... Based on the Book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed Directed by Dean Puckett 

8. The Island President (2011)

Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. 

7. The 11th Hour (2007) 

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.  

6. The Denial Machine (2006)

In the past few years, a hurricane has engulfed the debate about global warming. This scientific issue has become a rhetorical firestorm with science pitted against spin and inflammatory words on both sides. 

Also a noteworthy update: Climate of Doubt (2012)
If you think Mitt Romney’s recent threats against PBS were actually about budgets or Big Bird, think again. The reason the right hates PBS is that sometimes it commits the unpardonable sin of journalism.

5. Out Of Balance: ExxonMobil's Impact on Climate Change (2007)

Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change“ shows the influence that the largest company in the world has on governments, the media and citizens and what can be done about global warming. 

4. What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire (2007)

A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle.Featuring interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Jerry Mander, Chellis Glendinning, Richard Heinberg, Thomas Berry, William Catton

3. Trading on Thin Air (2010) 

Trading on Thin Air explains the methods used by the financial oligarchy to extract the wealth of the nation and how the same strategy is being used to subvert a movement for conservation and sustainability and harness it to create the next big bubble.

2. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite plays an old man living in the devastated world of 2055 in this documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong and Oscar-winning Producer John Battsek. Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. 

1. Chasing Ice (2012)

Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog heads to the Arctic in order to capture images that will help to convey the effects of global warming. Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but...

 

 

An Exercise in Disinformation Media Literacy
The Top 5 Climate Change Propaganda Films

 

Do the critics charges hold any merit? Here are the 5 most popular claims addressed:

Global Cooling: In the 70s, They said there'd be an Ice Age

Everyone has a favorite decade, and for Climate deniers, that decade has got to be, the 70s. Yes, the decade of disco, kung fu, and watergate. Because 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. 

 

The Great Global Warming Swindle Documentary Debunked

When the Great Global Warming Swindle was first broadcast - climate deniers thought that at last they had the definitive polemic to beat back the forces of science and reason..... This 8 minute video corrects multiple manipulations of data presented in the film, including points relating to volcanos, sun spots, scientist quotes, out-dated findings, edited footage, and selective use of graph data. 

CO2: A Natural By-Product of Nature

CO2 is a naturally occurring compound, that plays a profound and vital role in a myriad of natural processes. How could more of it be bad? Here's how.

 

 

Climate-Gate: Is there Any Truth to the Charges?

Climate change skeptics have been making a lot of noise about a set of stolen emails from one of the world's leading climate centers, The Universtiy of East Anglia. The spin they're putting out is that the emails reveal what they always suspected, an evil global conspiracy.

 

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...

 

 


Another good film of note:

Who Killed The Electric Car? (2006)
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.

 

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