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The 15 Best Documentaries About Climate Change, Free to Watch Online

By Tim Hjersted / filmsforaction.org
Oct 30, 2012
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Here's a round-up of the 15 best documentaries about climate change. Click the title of each film below to watch.

 

Chasing Ice (2012)
75 min · Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to...
PBS FRONTLINE:  Climate of Doubt (2012)
54 min · 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. “Climate of Doubt,” a...
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 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it...
Out Of Balance: ExxonMobil's Impact on Climate Change (2007)
66 min · Out of Balance 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. While the Earth’s climate is pushed further out of balance by increasing use...
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 first episode, we’re taken across the world to get various...
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 climate change is and what consequences lie ahead for...
A Climate Of Change (2014)
71 min · Director Ray Kocur leads you through a thorough (and accessible) study of current climate change research, speaking with a dozen of Canada's foremost climate scientists as well as historians and civil rights activists to gain...
The Swedish Schoolgirl That Took Davos To Task On Climate Change (2019)
27 min · Greta and the Snowman: From Greta Thunberg to the man who's measured the weather every day for nearly half a century, it is private citizens leading the charge on climate change prevention. This report profiles these two extraordinary...
Before the Flood (2016)
95 min · Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. From Academy Award -winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy...
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 impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that...
DISOBEDIENCE: The Courage To Break Free (2016)
41 min · Disobedience is a new film about a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the...
Kingsnorth: Portrait of a Recovering Environmentalist (2018)
50 min · Humanity has lost the battle against climate change. That is what Paul Kingsnorth thinks. The former environmental activist believes that we can´t stop climate change anymore. How should we live on knowing that climate change is a fact...
The Empire Files: The Tyranny of Big Oil
29 min · The oil industry is a powerhouse with control over land, resources, politics and more. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin uncovers big oil's strong-arm reach--its growth, its crimes, its power and its impunity. Featuring...
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 potential solution to the global climate crisis. Increasing...
Meat The Truth (2008)
70 min · 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. Meat...

 


 

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...