Earth has been our home for ages but how much do we actually know about it?

Whether it is deforestation, climate change, plastic pollution or food waste to name a few, there has never been a better time to learn more about the Earth’s problems as they pose a threat to all of us.

To commemorate Earth Day on April 22, we encourage our readers (that’s you) to educate themselves on the world’s issues.

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Documentaries are a great way to learn more about these problems as they always show visual proof of the damage that has been caused to the Earth.

They are also good because you don’t have to get out of bed to enjoy them.

Here are 5 environmental documentaries to watch on Earth Day:

David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet

This documentary is perfect for those that don’t believe that climate change is real. Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes and Keith Scholey, the film follows long-time naturalist David Attenborough as he uncovers the devastating effects of humanity on the environment. It is available to stream on Netflix.


Ali Tabrizi’s Seaspiracy will take you on a journey to uncovering the dark side of mass fishing and the impact it has on ocean life.

Similar to his 2014 documentary Cowspiracy which prompted many to switch to more plant-based diets, Seaspiracy will leave you questioning how sustainable your fish consumption is. This documentary is available to stream on Netflix.

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My Octopus Teacher

This film follows a special relationship between South African free-diver Craig Foster and an octopus off of the coast of his native country. This might sound like a weird pair but the documentary might leave you in tears. Stream it on Netflix.


Another tear-jerker, this documentary covers a fathers mission to create a better world for his four-year-old daughter. Damon Gameau embarks on a global journey to meet innovators and change-makers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability in hopes to bring real change. Stream this documentary on Amazon Prime.


Rotten is proof that nothing is as it seems. Who would have thought that millennials favourite breakfast, avocado toast, could be harming the planet?

This documentary uncovers the corruption and fraud within the food production industry. It will help you make more informed choices when it comes to the food you consume.