Environmental and Climate Justice Films

Below is a list of environmental and climate change related films:

1. An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth takes a look at former Vice President Al Gore’s passionate crusade to halt global warming’s progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. This film shows that global warming is no longer just a political issue but is the biggest moral challenge facing human civilization today. An Inconvenient Truth has won an Academy Award for Best Documentary feature and Best Song.

2. Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Blue Gold: World Water Wars uncovers truths about water management that the world needs to understand and act upon immediately. This film examines environmental and political implications of the planet’s dwindling water supply and showcases how wars in the future will be fought over water.

3. Coal Country

Coal Country is a film that tells of the dramatic struggle around the use of coal, which provides over half of electricity in America. The filmmakers of Coal Country seek to understand the meaning behind promises of “cheap energy” and “clean coal” and if the are achievable and at what costs. Coal Country takes a lot at the opinions of miners who are working along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia and working miners working with coal company officials who are concerned about jobs and the economy.

4. Flow

Flow is an award winning documentary investigation into The World Water Crisis which experts have labeled the most important and political and environmental issue of the 21st century. Flow showcases interviews with scientists and activists who intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, while introducing the many governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab. Along with identifying The World Water Crisis, Flow gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and developing new technologies which are becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

5. Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. unveils America’s food industry showing how the nation’s supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and the environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising-and often shocking truths-about what we eat, how it is produced, who we have become as a nation, and where we are going from here.


GASLAND documents filmmaker Josh Fox on a cross-country journey that uncovers a trail of secrets, lies, and contamination. One of many contamination stories that Fox discovers is residents of a Pennsylvania town who reports that they are able to light their drinking water on fire. GASLAND has been called part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, and part showdown. GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012 and the DVD will be available for purchase in December of 2010.

7. Sisters on the Planet

Sisters on the Planet tells the story of four women, Martina-Uganda, Muriel-Brazil, Sharon-Mississippi, and Sahena-Bangladesh and their fight different struggles brought on by climate change in their respective communities. The Sisters on the Planet Imitative created by Oxfam brings together women leaders to raise awareness about climate change and to help vulnerable communities adapt to the crisis.

8. The Story of Cap and Trade

The Story of Cap and Trade is a fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. The film introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this issue and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals, such as, free permits to big polluters and fake offsets.

9. The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is an animated documentary about the life cycle of material goods. The Story of Stuff aims to expose the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls for people to band together to create a more sustainable and just world.

10. Tapped

Tapped gives a behind the scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the water industry that aims to privatize the one resource that should not become a commodity: water. Tapped is an examination of the big business of bottled water from the plastic production to the oceans that many empty bottles end up.

11. The Water Front

The film The Water Front poses the question…What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? The Water Front follows the personal journey of Vallory Johnson, who transforms her anger into an emotional grassroots campaign, defending affordable water as a human right in Highland Park, Michigan.

12. Who Killed the Electric Car

Who Killed the Electric Car investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. This film paints the picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper than its ability to embrace ready solutions.