3 Must-Watch Documentaries For Anyone Passionate About The Environment

By James Mills, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Last year in Paris, world leaders from across the globe came together to discuss the potential catastrophes that will come from a lack of a response to the threat of climate change. Global agreements have been made with climate action also being one of the United Nations Global Goals to be achieved by 2030. With the recent launch of Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Before the Flood' documentary, this issue has been thrust into the public limelight again. In this article there are 3 powerful documentaries presenting the causes and effects of climate change that are definitely worth watching if you are passionate about conserving the environment. At the end of the article there's also the opportunity to learn more about how you connect with like-minded people around this issue.

In this article there are 3 powerful documentaries presenting the causes and effects of climate change that are definitely worth watching if you are passionate about conserving the environment. At the end of the article there's also the opportunity to learn more about how you can connect with like-minded people around this issue and make a difference.

1. An Inconvenient Truth 

After losing the US presidential elections in 2000, the former Vice President Al Gore decided to turn his attention to raising the general population's awareness of climate change. In 2006 his lectures on this subject were released in the film 'Inconvenient Truth'. The approach he took was to focus on the science and the facts.

2. Home

The photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand created this film 10 years after the publication of his book 'Earth from Above' that was published in 1999. As a photographer he decided it was important to reveal the beauty of the planet through powerful visual imagery whilst stressing the need to conserve the natural environment.

3. Before The Flood 

In 2014 the actor Leonardo DiCaprio was appointed as the United Nations Messenger of Peace with a focus on climate change. As part of this role, Mr DiCaprio spent years touring the globe to uncover the human aspects of climate change whilst urging us all to step up in our action to address the challenges of climate change.

What To Do With This Knowledge?

Whilst increasing our awareness, knowledge and understanding of any problem is important, the most critical step is ensuring that appropriate action is taken. With global issues like climate change, poverty, a lack of clean water or indeed gender inequality, it can be incredibly challenging to be part of a solution such that we feel our individual contribution can make a visible difference.

The legends who make a positive difference in the world are the people who have the ability to bring together the necessary people, skills, knowledge and resources to discover, plan and implement sustainable solutions. If the issue of climate change is one you feel passionate about, then here are 3 questions to help you direct your passion into meaningful action...

  1. Looking at the current state of the world, what do you feel needs to change?
  2. What do you think we need to change in the way we live our lives?
  3. If you had all the time, money and influence in the world, what difference would you make?

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