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5 Netflix Documentaries You Need to Watch to Help Our Environment

5 Netflix Documentaries You Need to Watch to Help Our Environment

Recycling and concern for the environment are becoming a major part of many lifestyle paths, but it's important to go beyond just general care for the earth. Taking concrete steps to improve your own interactions with the environment requires knowledge of what to do and what not to do. These five documentaries are packed with hard-hitting facts and real-world environmental tips, and you can watch them all on Netflix.

An Inconvenient Truth

Begin your education with the 2006 documentary that won an Oscar and taught millions about the dangers of climate change. The presentation is packed with facts and scientific data showing the alarming rise of greenhouse gasses and the long-term projected effects of global warming. It's not as full of helpful suggestions as some of the other entries on this list, but it is essential viewing to understand what's happening to the planet.

The Beginning of Life: The Series

So why does it matter so much what kind of world we're living in and leaving for future generations? Well, the Beginning of Life series documents how our environments shape us as we grow up. Both the psychological and physical conditions we are raised in determine our health as a whole. Learning exactly what pollution, noise, and other environmental concerns do to a growing child will motivate you to make lifestyle changes for a better environment.

The Planet Earth series from the BBC remains one of the best nature and environmental documentaries available today. Each one of the eleven episodes covers a different biome, showing how ecosystems work in a fine balance and what happens when outside factors disrupt those systems.

Plastic Paradise

Plastic allows us to enjoy inexpensive electronics, toys, and safe packaging, but it's also taking its toll on the oceans. The Pacific Garbage Patch is primarily composed of plastic trash and residues, and the tiniest particles are consumed by plankton and other small marine life to enter a long lifecycle of disrupting ocean health. This documentary contains plenty of helpful information on reducing your contributions to plastic waste worldwide.

Planet Earth

Also made in 2006, the Planet Earth series from the BBC remains one of the best nature and environmental documentaries available today. Each one of the eleven episodes covers a different biome, showing how ecosystems work in a delicate balance and what happens when outside factors disrupt those systems. Once you're done with Planet Earth, try the 2001 Blue Planet special to learn even more about the world's oceans and the dangers they face from global warming and acidification.

How to Grow a Planet

Finally, wrap up your viewing party on an upbeat note with How to Grow a Planet. This series covers the intricate details of how plants and ecosystems grow from the ground up, giving you hope that it is possible to restore damaged environments.

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