Top 5: Series and Movies about sustainability

It is no longer a secret that we have to do something about global warming. But in order to avert the climate crisis, we as a community, each and every one of us, must do something about it. Our earth, resources and animals must all be protected so that future generations can experience the earth as we do. This requires knowledge and understanding. We have selected the 5 best documentaries on topics such as climate change, nutrition and environmental pollution on Netflix and Co.


Seaspiracy is a documentary about the impact of fishing on the environment that was released on Netflix in 2021. The film shows the impact of humans on marine life, such as plastic waste in the sea, ghost nets and overfishing around the world. In particular, it draws attention to the destruction of the marine ecosystem that commercial fishing is to blame for. Seaspiracy criticizes several marine conservation organizations that promote sustainable fisheries, including the Earth Island Institute and its Dolphin Safe label and the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainable seafood certifications. It also criticizes efforts by organizations to reduce plastics in the home in light of the impact of ghost nets. It accuses these initiatives of covering up the environmental impact of fishing and corruption in the fishing industry. Part of the documentary also includes the dolphin hunt in Taiji, whaling in the Faroe Islands and modern slavery in the fishing industry in Thailand.

2. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough. Is a 94-year-old is British wildlife filmmaker and naturalist. He was one of the first to travel to the most remote places on our planet and show the beauty of nature and wildlife in many documentaries. In his new documentary “My Life on Our Planet” David Attenborough himself comes more to the fore. Because the naturalist has a message: If we do not take care of our planet as soon as possible, many animals and natural treasures will soon no longer exist. David Attenborough looks back on his life and his travels around the world. The British naturalist shows how drastically the earth is changing. You can see this documentary on Netflix.

3. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Minimalism is the classic. Minimalism, or the reduction to the few essential things, is not only an aesthetic practice, but also a very concrete approach to life. The director – Matt D’Avella – is a minimalist himself and has a YouTube account and has really got the “minimalism movement” going with the two main characters Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. The documentary is available on Netflix.

4. Cowspiracy

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and examines the policies of some environmental organizations on the issue. The film looks at various environmental issues, including global warming, water consumption, deforestation, and dead zones in the ocean, and suggests that animal agriculture is the main cause of environmental degradation. The documentary was directed by Kip Andersen, who also produced Seaspirecy. You can watch the documentary on Netflix.

5. The True Cost

Fashion Week here, clearance sales there, new collections already waiting in the wings: every day we stroll past the shop windows, try out different trends and hunt for the biggest bargains – but only very few people know what process is really behind the T-shirt for five euros and how it gets to the store. “The True Cost” deals with exactly this question and shows where our clothes come from, how they are produced and what tragic fates lie behind them. Watch on Amazon.

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