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Videos we like: Our favorite environment documentaries for Earth Day
As we prepare for life after the pandemic, the inspiration of the great outdoors calls. These 7 environment documentaries are essential Earth Day watching.
Seven inspiring stories for Earth Day 2021
This time last year, much of the world was in lockdown. Now, we move towards a new normal of roaming freely in the great outdoors. But spare a thought for the future of nature. While we've been battling lousy Zoom connections, the environment is under threat from plastic pollution, overfishing and more.
But technological advancements and our renewed appreciation of nature mean hope is on the horizon. This Earth Day, we've picked seven environmental documentaries showing incredible responses to our world's most pressing issues. Which one moves you the most?
Directed by Ali Tabrizi
After this poignant examination of the global fishing industry, sustainable fisheries and ocean destruction, you may never look at tuna salad the same way. Seaspiracy leaves a lasting impression.
Watch on Netflix.
Sir David Attenborough's Life on our Planet
Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey
About: ConservationLife on our Planet is David Attenborough's 'witness statement' for the environment. Tracing his 60-year career broadcasting and natural history career, he shows the steep decline in the planet's health over his lifetime.
Watch on Netflix.
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel
What happens when brave park rangers meet dangerous animal poachers? Virunga is a powerful look at the poaching industry and those trying to stop it every day.
Watch on Netflix.
From Kurils With Love
Directed by Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees – a Tomorrow Unlocked film
The Kuril Islands are one of the most inaccessible volcanic islands chains in the world, and they're under threat from climate change. One man stands to protect one of nature's last safe havens.
Directed by Lucy Walker
Not your average eco-documentary. New York-based artist Vik Muniz travels to the world's largest garbage heap in his native Brazil. What he finds changes him and those around him forever.
Watch on Amazon.
The Plastic Age
Directed by Jake Summer
Plastic pollution is a severe issue, but what can we do about it? The Plastic Age demonstrates a use for the Great Pacific garbage patch: Bionic yarn. But what is it and how can it help?
Directed by Miha Avguštin, Rožle Bregar and Matic Oblak
About: River conservation
Building 2,700 hydroelectric dams on Europe's rivers might seem a good idea. So why is this kayaking group fighting it? Follow the paddling protesters from Slovenia to Albania as they join locals to oppose new dams.
Inspired to go one step further? Donate to the Kuril Islands preservation fund set up by marine biologist Vladimir, star of From Kurils With Love.
Experience visual bliss traversing the usually inaccessible Kuril Islands
World Wildlife Day is a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the natural world and its value in our lives. From Kurils With Love is set in one of the most inaccessible volcanic island chains in the world. We meet Vladimir, a marine biologist, and warrior for the planet.
Behind the scenes
Renan Ozturk and the crew survey the devastation to wildlife after a volcanic eruption and reflect on what it means.
The rise of drones
Go behind the scenes to learn how the film was made and the crew overcame technical challenges. With extra footage and commentary from the filmmakers.
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3 examples of scientists using biomimicry for human improvement
Humans are innovative but has it been done before? Learning from and mimicking nature for human designs is known as biomimicry. Find out how inspiring nature truly is when scientists utilise biomimicry in order to successfully create intelligent mechanisms:
Reducing carbon dioxide and making cement
How a kingfisher helped an engineer
Biobots inspired by nature
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