8 Dcoumentaries To Make You Reconsider Planet Earth

In preparation for my round-the-world trip, I’m trying to make the most environmentally friendly decisions. We’ve been messing up with planet Earth for a long time, and when travelling and getting in touch with other cultures and places, we realize how badly we’ve messed it up… better than ever.

Here’s a list of 10 Documentaries To Make You Reconsider Planet Earth:

1. Home


Can humans not imitate plants and capture its energy? In one hour, the sun gives the Earth the same amount of energy as that consumed by all humanity in one year. As long as the Earth exists, the sun’s energy will be inexhaustible. All we have to do is stop drilling the Earth and start looking to the sky. All we have to do is learn to cultivate the sun.”

I’ve put “Home” in number one, because ifs pertinent questions. You must watch it, it will definitely give you food for though!

2. Trashed

Jeremy Irons himself takes us on a tour around the World, showing us how governments deal with trash processing. Divided in three parts, “Trashed” is a documentary depicting how this subject is analysed, dealt with, and which would be the best solutions as compared to the current ones.

3. The Salt of the Earth

Number one had to the “The Salt of the Earth“, a documentary about one of the greatest portrayers of the World: Sebastião Salgado. Directed by Wim Wenders, it shows us the other side of the sight of Sebastião Salgado. Above all, this documentary expresses the thoughts on how can we revert the harm we’ve done to Earth.


Back in 1982, executive producer Francis Ford Coppola brought to us the hypnotic “Koyaanisqatsi“, a documentary featuring somnorific soundtrack and rhytmical visuals of buzzing cities, portraying the dull lives of its urban citizens. Despite being over 3 decades since it was produced, this documentary still reflects what we’ve become, and how we’ve been living our lives in the cities.

5. 2012 Time For Change

Emmy nominee João Amorim directed this documentary evolves around the core question about what can we do to reverse climate change.

6. Virunga

Directed by Earth-Lover Leonardo DiCaprio himself (yes, I have mentioned him before here!), “Virunga” is a Netflix documentary about innocent gorillas and brave humans, who dare to stand up for wildlife and nature.

7. Mission Blue

Mission Blue” is a Netflix documentary featuring Sylvia Earle‘s motivation to preserve our oceans. An explorer / scientist herself, Earle as seen the oceans degradation throughout the years, and has been an activist for many years.

8. Chasing Ice

Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In “Chasing Ice“, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his wellbeing in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, “Chasing Ice” depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon- powered planet.

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