So, you want to learn more about the planet, what’s going on and how you can help? You’ve come to the right place. Today we’re diving into all things educational to get you immersed in the exciting (and sometimes saddening) world that we live in. We’ll be covering films, podcasts, children’s resources and more. Here are our top 50 Eco-educational resources you need now!
FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES:
- A Plastic Ocean
‘A Plastic Ocean’ dives into the plastic pollution problem and how it is affecting our ocean and it’s marine life. This award-winning documentary has been brought to you by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists who yearn to learn more and do what it takes to stop our disposable lifestyle that we have all become so accustomed to.
If you haven’t seen it already, then now is the time. Cowspiracy shook the system back in 2014 and is still making moves today. Animal agriculture is the number one cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution. Learn about the dirty secrets and what you can do yourself to make changes with this incredible documentary.
- Ice on Fire
Join Leonardo Dicaprio as his voice takes us on a journey. Ice on Fire is all about the potential of another mass extinction. However, this time, it’s us who will be gone forever. The icecaps are melting and methane is being pumped into our atmosphere – but we are not without hope.
- Climate Refugees
Who will be hit the hardest? Climate change will not affect us all equally and the truth is it’s a war that’s happening right now. Scarce resources destroyed homes and people not knowing where to go next. This documentary is 10 years old but still very applicable today. Get ready to get inspired to make a change!
- The True Cost
Fast fashion is known for being quick, cute and affordable – but who is truly paying the cost? Some of your favourite brands have been hiding the truth. The environmental effect and the lives impacted by this system are being revealed. This documentary opens up the big question, “where do your clothes actually come from?”.
If you’re looking to find the light at the end of the tunnel or to put a smile on your face this is the film for you. Tomorrow is here to talk about the solutions and how we can make changes right here and right now. It’s not too late but we must act now.
- Climate Change: The Facts
Our favourite passionate environmentalist, Sir David Attenborough, is taking time to chat about the stone-cold facts facing our planet. You can find this on BBC iPlayer and watch it today.
- Chasing Coral
The coral reefs may seem far away, but they are right here. These sophisticated, complex beings that are a part of a massive eco-system. Learn about climate change and what we can do right now to save our reefs.
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had less? Minimalism will have you jumping straight into the deep end. Start questioning what you have, want and truly need. You’ll meet people from different walks of life and what minimalism has done for them.
- Food Inc.
Our food has a direct impact on our environment. Learn how just a few corporations have complete control over the food grown in America and why that is not a good thing for our health or our planet.
RESOURCES FOR KIDS:
- The Lorax
The Lorax is a classic story from Dr Seuss which was turned into a film in 2012. This is a colourful and exciting story that shares the importance of trees (and their protectors). The cast includes Danny DeVito as the Lorax and Zac Efron as Ted.
Wall-E is from the future, living in a world that had been so over polluted that plants can no longer grow. It seems all hope has been lost until he finds one! While there are some more violent scenes we recommend this film for kids 8 and over.
- Over the Hedge
This movie is a fabulous way to show your little ones how close we live to the animals, and what development is doing to their homes. Can we share land and food with these furry fellows? You’ll have to watch to find out.
The last known surviving male Spix’s macaw named Blu is meant to save his species from extinction but ends up on a wild journey. Rio does an incredible job of explaining complex situations such as keeping exotic pets as animals and extinction in an easy to digest way for the little ones.
- Ice Age
Manfred the mammoth and Sid the sloth are dealing with the consequences of a warming planet. In the second and fourth Ice Age movies, you’ll see more action around this topic. These films are exciting, engaging and educational – especially if you share conversations around the topics afterwards as a family.
- Finding Nemo
This film is about a father Clown Fish who loses his son to a fish collector. He’s sent to live his life out in a fish tank! Finding Nemo is a great way to talk about the coral reefs and incredible animals who live in the sea and why we need to protect them.
- The Little Mermaid
Protecting our oceans and its beings is a topic that needs to be discussed with the kids (they are our future leaders after all). Ariel is an ocean living mermaid who is also quite resourceful. Watch her use a fork as a hairbrush, and old barrels as rustic storage containers – she is a zero-waste hero.
- Octonauts – Keeping the Sea Clean
The Octonauts can be found on CBeebies. Join them as they deal with the effects of plastic and rubbish filling the oceans. In this episode they’ll meet lots of friends while exploring the ocean and all of it’s excitement.
- Free Willy
Free Wily is the tale of a whale who gets put in captivity. This story allows us to see how important it is for wild animals to stay in their habitat and how vital it is that we stop destroying their homes.
- Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke debuted in 1997 and is still incredible today. A great watch for a family with older children since there is a fair amount of violence involved. The underlying message is strong throughout, keeping the animals home safe and untouched by humans.
- Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg’s stand to save the world”
A nice end of the night storybook to share with your little ones. This story tells the tale of giants who are using all of our forest’s resources – how are we going to stop them?
- A World Without Bees
Our world is slowly seeing a decrease in bees. What does this mean for the future of humanity and could we survive in a world that has no bees? Alison Benjamin and her partner, Brian McCallum worked as beekeepers and wrote this book together.
- 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste
This book was written by Kathryn Kellogg. She is an author who can also fit all her trash from the past two years into a 16-ounce jar! This book makes it easy to start reducing your environmental footprint.
- Six Weeks to Zero Waste
There’s no denying that our planet is dying quickly, and a lot of it has to do with the amount we’re consuming and the waste we’re producing – but there are ways to stop it. This book will help you on your journey to living waste-free.
- The Uninhabitable Earth – David Wallace-Wells
Ever wonder what our future will hold for us? This book is a frightening sneak peek into the ageing of our planet if things don’t change the way we are going. If you’re looking for a quick read to get your gears spinning – this is the one.
- How Bad Are Bananas – Mike Berners-Lee
Want to know the true costs of your actions? Dive into the data surrounding a ton of different actions – from books to rice production, volcanoes and more. There is a lot to be learned here.
- The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben
Trees are living breathing beings. They have a life that is far more complex than we may have been led to believe. Get lost in the details and walk away with a new understanding.
- Plastic Ocean – Capt. Charles Moore
Capt. Charles Moore discovered the world’s largest area of floating trash, plastic and waste. We now know it as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This discovery was in 1997 and sadly, since then, it’s only gotten worse. This book will let you dive into his perspective and inspire you to make a change.
- How To Grow Fresh Air – Kamal Meattle
Kamal became allergic to the air he was breathing in Delhi, due to the low quality and high pollution. He has since decided to study plants that can clean our air. Learn about these fabulous air cleaning leafy greens here.
- Don’t Build Your Home, Grow It – Mitchell Joachim
This Ted Talk is 2 and a half minutes long, but it will leave you feeling really excited about what the future may be holding. Do you ever imagine living in nature, or having meat without killing an animal? Well, science is in the making. Watch Don’t Build Your Home, Grow It here.
- Paper Beats Plastic – Leyla Acaroglu
Leyla is here to talk about the complexity surrounding making eco-friendly decisions. She talks about Environmental Folklore, which she explains in detail. If you are looking to make educated decisions and dive deeper into the truth, then join Leyla on this journey by clicking here.
- A Garden in my Apartment – Britta Riley
Britta is living in Manhattan, a massive city, just like many of us. She was inspired to grow some of her own food, to make a change for the planet and for herself. You can see how she decided to take control and build her own garden in her tiny home here.
- Teach Every Child About Food – Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver has been inspiring, teaching and sharing about the power of food for years. In this talk, he is confronting America and how unhealthy the food we are giving our kids truly is. It’s important to give our kids the right tools to live longer and healthier lives. Watch Jamie Oliver’s Ted Talk here.
- The Case For Optimism on Climate Change – Al Gore
When we discuss climate change, it’s easy to fall into a negative feeling – but we don’t have to. Change is happening, things can still get better, but the most important thing here is action. Watch Al Gore’s 2016 Ted talk here.
- A Route To a Sustainable Future – Alex Steffen
The population is rising, the planet is getting more crowded, and our Earth’s inhabitants are very young. How are we going to make this planet more sustainable for them? How do we inspire them? Join Alex as he dives into a plethora of different actions and items and shares how we can make them green and bright.
- My Green Agenda for Architecture – Norman Foster
Architect Norman Foster is sharing his passion, building and creating, and why it’s important to implement sustainability into his work. The Green Agenda is the most important agenda and he is living up to that statement by doing what he can to build a sustainable world. Watch this (not TEDtalk) here.
- Less Stuff, More Happiness – Graham Hill
We love collecting stuff. We have so much stuff. The more we consume, the more we spend – the bigger our carbon footprint becomes. There is also happiness to be found inside of you when you have and consume less. Watch Graham explain this by clicking here.
- A Plan to Recycle the Unrecyclable – Ashton Cofer
After a few students saw the impact of pollution while travelling, they wanted to find a solution. Styrofoam mostly ends up in landfills and oceans and takes over 500 years to decompose. Ashton doesn’t want to say goodbye from styrofoam, but instead, to find a solution. Learn all about it here.
Sourcing Matters has many episodes all revolving around the topic of our food system. Through meeting with powerful and inspiring guests they share the true environmental impact that our food system holds.
The Minimalists have shared information through books, classes and essays but now have turned to a podcast as well. With 240+ (and counting) episodes, we’re sure you’ll continue to learn and be inspired through their messages.
If you like to hear about positive change, this is the podcast for you. Kestrel Jenkins covers topics from fashion to technology and the sustainable side to it all. This incredible podcast is all about cultivating conversation and asking tough questions.
A weekly podcast series that we absolutely adore. There are so many different topics that have been covered in their episodes and we are here for all of them. Continue to learn, grow and think with this series.
This podcast is filled with a diverse range of topics. That’s probably because they’ve been doing it for so long, and doing it right! The Green Dreamer is all about enriching your life and taking care of our planet.
Join Ol and Dave as they share and question about living sustainability. It’s got a great, casual vibe and will have you smiling throughout. Sustainabable is a bit quirky, a bit educational and altogether a great way to spend 45 minutes every week.
Think: Sustainability is a bit more serious, so if you’re looking for a laugh it isn’t the podcast for you. However, we love to listen to the cold hard facts, the impact of actions and how they affect the planet.
This podcast is a little bit older but still very applicable to the world we live in today. Although we aren’t expecting any new episodes any time soon, the current 3-part series is a great one to sink your teeth into. They have one simple question, “who made my clothes?”.
This weekly podcast is done in an interview-style covering topics such as renewable energy, clean technologies, sustainable supply chains, cities, food, climate change and more.
Sustainability, minimalism and more! We love this entire series ran by a mother who is just trying to do life a little bit better. This series is uplifting and friendly while also talking about some tough topics.
Whether you’re a bookworm, movie lover or podcast enthusiast – we’ve got something great waiting for you to give it your time.
You may walk away with a deeper understanding, some sentiment or even a new skill.
What is your favourite eco-educational resource?
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