It's time to show our planet some love — and give back!
On April 22, people from all over the world will celebrate Earth Day, which is a globally recognized holiday that supports environmental protection. From anti-pollution to rallying against deforestation, this important day is used to understand, celebrate, and give back to our planet.
Whether you're planning to plant trees or pick up litter in your neighborhood, everyone can pitch in and help clean up our beautiful Earth. In honor of Earth Day, Green Matters has rounded up a few documentaries for you to watch which will highlight some of our planet's biggest issues, how environmentalists are making a difference, and more.
What to watch on Earth Day: From Disney Plus to Netflix, check out these specials that you can stream!
Disney Plus/National Geographic:
Explorer: The Last Tepui: In honor of Earth Day, National Geographic is releasing a documentary titled Explorer: The Last Tepui which follows Alex Honnold (Free Solo), climber Mark Synnott, and a world-class climbing team as they embark on a difficult mission, ascending up a 1,000-foot cliff in the Amazon. Their goal is to deliver "legendary biologist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Bruce Means to the massive 'island in the sky' known as tepui, so he can complete his life’s work" in search of new animal species.
The Biggest Little Farm: The Return: A followup to the critically acclaimed documentary, The Biggest Little Farm: The Return shows John and Molly Chester's 10-year journey as they attempt to revive a barren plot of land in Ventura, Calif., and make it into a sustainable working farm.
From April 18 through April 26, Paramount Plus will launch a special carousel on its homepage, titled Earth Through Different Lenses, which will feature informative documentaries that highlight the important work being done by environmentalists, as well as beautiful specials on Earth's natural resources and wildlife.
"Failing septic tanks and collapsing sewer lines are shooting raw waste into people’s homes. Untreated sewage is poisoning rivers and polluting coastlines. Wasteland examines how we got here, and whether overproduction of waste, and a crumbling infrastructure can keep up, before the problem blows up in our faces," the bio reads.
Epic Yellowstone: Bill Pullman narrates this docuseries which explores the diverse seasons, landscapes, and wildlife surrounding Yellowstone.
Bring Your Own Brigade: This documentary showcases the devastating wildfires that swept through California, hoping to find answers as to why these wildfires are increasing every year. From interviews with survivors, scientists, and firefighters, this film also explores small steps that can be taken to "mitigate the catastrophic devastation."
To celebrate Earth Day, Netflix has launched a collection of curated content, titled One World, Infinite Wonder, which boasts more than 170 about our planet. Here are a few of our favorite documentaries featured.
Our Great National Parks: Highlighting the vast beauty of our planet, former President Barack Obama narrates this docuseries which shines a light on some of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world.
Breaking Boundaries: This film examines "Earth's biodiversity collapse and how this crisis can still be diverted."
The Ivory Game: "Filmmakers infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, exposing poachers and dealers as African elephants edge closer to extinction," the Netflix bio reads.
Eating Our Way to Extinction: Narrated by Kate Winslet, this 2021 documentary takes a closer look at how the food industry is impacting our planet, including deforestation, methane gas, climate change, and more.
Earth Day: This documentary examines the impact of human existence on the Earth and the necessary steps that can be taken to prevent an ecological disaster.
This article is part of Green Matters’ 2022 Earth Day programming, #EarthStories: A week-long series where we’re sharing environmental changemakers’ personal journeys to environmentalism. We hope that reading these stories inspires you to become more dedicated to climate action, sustainable living, and changing the world.