Updated: Aug 6, 2020
After being in quarantine for so long, you may have forgotten that today is Earth Day. We certainly were a bit surprised. It seems just yesterday it was April 1st. Oh, how time flies in quarantine. Since we're not supposed to go outside, we wanted to share our five favorite films or televisions shows you can stream from home to celebrate Earth Day.
1) Jane Goodall: The New Hope (Disney+)
This 90-minute film covers the remarkable journey of 26-year-old Jane Goodall. The film goes beyond her life with wild chimpanzees and into her personal life, accomplishments, and life as a mother and mentor.
2) Virunga (Netflix)
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect.
3) Blackfish (Hulu)
Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.
4) Ice on Fire (HBO)
Can we reverse climate change? Ice on Fire explores the many ways we reduce carbon inputs to the atmosphere and, more important, how to "draw" carbon down, bringing CO2 out of the atmosphere and thus paving the way for global temperatures to go down. Reversing climate change is urgent, given that the world passed 400 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere resulting in climate instability across the globe. We have heard the predictions but now climate-related events are a daily reality - summer 2018 was the hottest on record, storms are stronger, droughts are longer, the arctic ice is thin or non-existent and Antarctica is melting faster than predicted. Through visiting visionaries and scientists young and old, the film explores the deep hope that we can turn away from the brink. And, just as we figure out drawdown, we face an added complexity, the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas in the arctic, that is now entering the atmosphere. As the film says: "Is it game over? Or is it game on? As we have at hand, the ability, the capacity, and solutions that can reverse global warming...not mitigate, not reduce, not stabilize, but reverse.'
5) Our Planet (Netflix)
Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.
6) Okja (Netflix)
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been a caretaker and constant companion to Okja-a massive animal and an even bigger friend-at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija's dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators, and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja...while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home. Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy, and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of the premises-the bond between man and animal-and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all. Okja is a Plan B Entertainment, Lewis Pictures, and Kate Street Picture Company production in association with Netflix
7) Planet Earth II (BBC)
David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth. Through stunning visuals and landscapes, this will certainly keep you entertained.
8) Dolphin Reef
In "Dolphin Reef," Disneynature dives under the sea to frolic with some of the planet's most engaging animals: dolphins. Echo is a young bottlenose dolphin who can't quite decide if it's time to grow up and take on new responsibilities-or give in to his silly side and just have fun. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depend on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But with humpback whales, orcas, sea turtles, and cuttlefish seemingly begging for his attention, Echo has a tough time resisting all that the ocean has to offer.