19 January, 2016
Books & Films
Get topped up on your knowledge of climate change and all its angles

Climate change is both a huge, global topic and an everyday one. Get to know the dirty facts and the real-life stories – from political ties to livestock production. We’ve rounded up seven eye-opening documentaries and three top-shelf books to get you up to speed.
Seven Films Worth Watching
1. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
The granddaddy of climate documentaries, A1 Gore’s modern classic offers a passionate, daunting, and inspirational look at one man’s campaign to expose the facts and fiction that surround global warming while urging action to prevent it. The title An Inconvenient Truth is all too fitting, as the former US Vice president discovers along his journey to uncover and tell the facts about climate change.
2. The 11th Hour (2010)
This captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet and the means by which we can still change, or slow, our destructive course – and reminds us that we don’t have much time. Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio lends his voice to the film, and is joined by over 50 respected scientists, scholars and thought leaders on the topic. The film is a compelling argument for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.
3. Island President (2011)
Jon Shenk’s Island President captures the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives and his first year of office, building up to his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where we get a glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed reveals a surprising side of himself as we watch him overcome obstacles through his journey in ensuring the survival of his nation. The film powerfully depicts Mohamed Nasheed’s journey to becoming one of the leading international voices for climate change action.
2. Meat the Truth (2008)
This documentary highlights one of the most important, yet often overlooked, causes of climate change. Globally, the livestock farming industry produces 18% of greenhouse emission – more than all forms of transport added up together (13%)! A range of international celebrities have taken part in Meat The Turth, including Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Constance Marie, and many more.
5. Chasing Ice (2012)
Travelling with a team of young adventurers across the Arctic, distinguished environmental photographer and former climate change skeptic James Balog risks his career and his wellbeing in pursuit of a historical ‘ice-scapade’. For this film, Balog used cutting-edge time-lapse camera equipment to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His evocatively beautiful videos capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at an astonishing rate.
6. Do The Math (2013)
Based on a formidable Rolling Stone article by critically acclaimed environmental author Bill McKibben published in 2012, this film tells the story of the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and fight the fossil fuel industry, an industry that is reaping the benefits of a booming economy while ducking the consequences of polluting the atmosphere. Watch the film, do the math, and join the fight.
7. Disruption (2014)
This recent film features some of the world’s top environmental movement leaders as it answers the fundamental question, ‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’ The movie sets the stage for baring the science, the broken political process, the industry’s special interests and the civic disengagements that have brought us to this crossroads. An unnerving yet brilliant piece of work.
Three Books Worth Reading
1. I’m With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet
Mark Martin and Co. (2011)

This collection of short stores, from acclaimed writers such as Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell, highlights and tackles the climate crisis from several perspectives, accentuating the mindset that global warming is a reality – and opinions differ on whether we can overcome the dangers it poses. Provocative, daunting, and with a touch of humour, the stories within are all excellently written.
2. Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century
Paddy Woodworth (2013)

The environmental movement is plagued by pessimism, but there are success stores. Veteran investigative reporter Paddy Woodworth has spent years travelling the globe and talking with people – scientists, politicians, and ordinary citizens – who are working on the front lines of the battle against environmental degradation. This book is an inspiring and fascinating account of ecological restoration wins across the globe.
3. Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming
Anne F. Rockwell (2006)

A simple, kid-friendly book for children to get familiar with climate change. Both fun and accessible thanks to the illustrations, this book is a great way to get children thinking about the urgency of the matter and help them understand that they can do something about it.

By: Ecozine Staff


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