New climate documentaries

What better to do over the weekend than curl up and watch some new climate documentaries?

Before the Flood

Leonardo DiCaprio has managed to take climate change to what he hopes is a new audience in this powerful documentary that surely can’t leave anyone doubting the gravity of our current situation. Produced together with National Geographic, it was made available on youtube from its release and has reached 30 million viewers worldwide. It is a slightly paradoxical documentary in that Leo’s own contribution to climate change, and the inequalities inherent in climate change effects and responses, go unmentioned. But it is still a good watch and a laudable contribution to spreading awareness.

Transition Movement co-founder Rob Hopkins has written a good review available here.

Years of Living Dangerously

In a similar vein, this National Geographic series follows celebrity correspondents around the world, to witness first-hand the effects of climate change on our planet and to learn how we can save it for future generations.

The first episode is available for free here

A Quest for Meaning

This French film tells the story of two childhood friends who leave everything behind to go question the workings of the world. They start out trying to find solutions to climate change, but end up reconsidering our relationship with nature, happiness, and the meaning of life. More than a film, it is a collaborative adventure : Self-produced and co-distributed by the community. Most of the film is in French, with English subtitles, and it asks many relevant questions about how and why we care for the earth and each other, and how we know what the right thing to do is.

The production company have offered to make the film available to SCCAN members, through the ECOLISE network, for local screenings. Please email us on if you would like to organise a screening.


How to let go of the world and love all the things climate can’t change

Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Josh Fox plans to tour the film to 100 towns and cities in the U.S. and across the world that are cited as “Hot Spots” for fossil fuel infrastructure to engage with residents in protecting their lives and land from the encroaching gas industry. With experts, artists, and concrete resources including toolkits, counterproposal support, and connections to investors to finance their counter-proposals, the LET GO AND LOVE TOUR will help communities lead a renewable energy revolution, one community at a time.

See more information on how to host a community screening here