2018 was a huge year for climate activists. The highs were high and the lows were low, but as we reach the end of the year it’s important to sit back and relax. What better way is there to relax than to curl up with a good movie? Here are some top sustainability movie picks:


Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future

If you’re looking for hope as we come into the new year, this one’s for you! This documentary is packed with extraordinary people doing extraordinary things for our planet’s future. With an IMDB rating of 9.0/10, Living the Change is a must see.

The Devil We Know

If you’re looking for a movie that puts organizing in the spotlight, The Devil We Know is right up your alley! Centered around a West Virginia community, this movie follows the fight to expose the dangers of Teflon and the carelessness of DuPont. Moving and empowering, IMDB gives this movie an 8.1/10.

Planet Power

More of a short film person? Believe in the importance of clean and efficient energy? Check out Planet Power. This French film debuted at the 2018 Environmental Film Fest and is filled with ideas for a greener future centered around renewable energy.

The Human Element

The Human Element was shown all around San Francisco during the Global Climate Summit. A harsh look into how climate change is not a far-off threat, this film is a loud call to action. In a beautiful blend of scientific analysis and scenic cinematography, this movie will be an instant climate classic.

The Game Changers

The Game Changers is a James Cameron project that investigates the way we eat. If you’re curious about veganism, health, and the environment, this film is for you. Scoring an 8.7/10 on IMDB, this movie gives you some information behind beefcakes, without the beef.

Living In The Future’s Past

Are you someone who is interested in people’s connection to the natural environment, built environment, and human nature? Living In The Future’s Past is a Jeff Bridges-led documentary that poses a ton of questions about human nature and tries to offer compelling answers. With an 8.7/10 IMDB rating, this movie really gets you thinking about us and Earth.

The Green Lie

The Green Lie is a deep-dive expose on the phenomenon of greenwashing – making products seem more eco-friendly than they are as a marketing tool – growing world-wide. This German film is a must-see for those that question what sustainable means to consumers and is rated 7.0/10 on IMDB.

Being the Change – A New Kind of Climate Documentary

Being the Change – A New Kind of Climate Documentary is a little DIY piece that follows a suburban Californian through his journey of learning to live a more sustainable life. If you’re looking for some everyday changes to make, this piece (with a 7.0/10 IMDB score) is for you.

System Error

Another German film is rounding out our list. System Error is rated 7.3/10 on IMDB and analyzes the global pattern of corporations over climate. When you want to fuel your fire against the system, watch this movie.


-Casey Loosbrock

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