In honor of Earth Day, we’ve gathered fifteen insightful nature and environmental documentaries for your Watch List.
1. Our Planet - Watch on Netflix
Experience the planet's natural beauty through an examination of how climate change impacts all living creatures in this Netflix docuseries.
2. David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet - Watch on Netflix
Renowned broadcaster David Attenborough recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision of the future.
3. Seaspiracy - Watch on Netflix
A filmmaker documents the harm that humans do to marine species, and uncovers alarming global corruption.
4. My Octopus Teacher - Watch on Netflix
A diver develops an unusual friendship with an octopus that lives off the coast of South Africa.
5. Before the Flood - Watch on Disney+
Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.
6. I am Greta - Watch on Hulu
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg leads an international crusade to get people to care about the world's environmental problems.
7. Honeyland - Watch on Hulu
The last female bee hunter in Europe uses ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a nomadic family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice.
8. A Plastic Ocean - Watch on Netflix
After discovering that the world’s oceans are filled with plastic waste, a filmmaker investigates the pollution’s impact on the environment.
9. Chasing Coral - Watch on Netflix
A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out to document the disappearance of the world's coral reefs.
10. Kiss the Ground - Watch on Netflix
A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of "Regenerative Agriculture" to combat climate change and preserve the planet.
11. Elephant - Watch on Disney+
Narrated by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the Disneynature documentary follows an African elephant and her son on an epic journey with their herd, traveling hundreds of miles across the Kalahari Desert.
12. The Year Earth Changed - Watch on Apple TV+
A fresh approach to the global lockdown and the uplifting stories that have come out of it. People all over the world have had the chance to engage with nature like never before.
13. Mission Blue - Watch on Netflix
Follow legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.
14. Ice on Fire - Watch on HBO Max
Visionaries and scientists explore climate change and ways to minimize climate-related events, despite a rapidly warming planet.
15. There’s Something in the Water - Watch on Netflix
Elliot Page’s doc follows community activists who are working to protect the environment from landfills and pollutants in Nova Scotia.
*All “Watch on” links are based on availability in the United States.