Top 12 Movies About Climate Change

Are you a kid looking to be inspired to act on climate change? Or an older sibling looking to motivate a younger sibling? We have compiled our top twelve favorite movies to get you (or someone you know) inspired to join the climate movement!!

  1. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

MV5BOTg3NjYxMjM5OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzQzMDA0MQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_The documentary that inspired our founder, Alec Loorz, to start iMatter! Featuring climate activist and public political figure Al Gore, the film presents the dim status quo of the environment. The end provides of a number of great tips to lessen your carbon footprint and get involved in the climate movement.  

     2.  Wall-E (2008)

urlMaybe the most profound animated movie of all time, Wall-E follows a robot by the same name from post-apocalyptic America to space: the last frontier. Wall-E quests to save the human race and the sleek lady robot, Eve, by conserving the last living plant in the universe. You will cry.

   3. Promised Land (2012)


Matt Damon stars in this fictional movie about a small town that is being scouted for fracking. It is the most fun, realistic, and emotional way to answer the question, “what is fracking?” Spoiler: there’s an excellent plot twist.

   4. The 11th Hour (2007)

27 x 40The documentary that pinched me and said, “Amanda, we’re not in Kansas anymore, the world is in danger and you need to do something about it!” A really epic film that gives all the statistics and science, and relays a powerful message.

   5. No Impact Man (2009)

2010-01-noimpact1A homespun documentary about a New Yorker and his family on a mission to decrease their environmental impact.  A true story that is funny and a candid anthropological study at the same time. It inspired me to create a list of goals for my family and I to complete to lessen our collective impact.

   6. Chasing Ice (2012)


A docu-movie about a National Geographic photographer who captures timelapses of the Arctic to show the real-time environmental impact of climate change. The images are breathtaking, but scary at the same time. A must see for nature lovers or climate deniers.  

   7. Cowspiracy (2014)


An illuminating film about the impact of agriculture on global climate change. The documentarians question top climate organizations and politicians about their stance on agro-contributed emissions and investigate why everyone doesn’t already know about it. Thinking about going vegetarian or vegan? By the end of this movie, you won’t want to eat another hamburger again.

8. Food Inc. (2008)


An inside look at our hyper-consumption of food and energy, and the government’s inaction to reform the laws that retain it. This incredible movie helped me become vegetarian and I am grateful for it.

   9.  Six Degrees Could Change the World (2008)

six-degrees-could-change-the-worldA very compelling and terrifying film detailing what the world would look like if the average global temperature rose one, two, three, four, five, and six degrees. Watch with a friend and then start an iMatter Now campaign!

   10. The Lorax (2012)

Based on the iconic book by Dr. Seuss, The Lorax movie is beautifully imagined, but also strikingly sobering: many of the realities that the book/movie imagined have come true (canned air, deforestation, air and water pollution, etc.

   11. Happy Feet (2006)


A family favorite about an estranged tap-dancing penguin, but also a sad movie with a sadder underlying message (Ehem, Lovelace is strangled by 6-ring piece of plastic). The moral? Be kind to the environment and kind to penguins!!

   12. El Nevado (TBD)


“El Nevado is one of six snow peaks left in [Colombia]. It is the source of fresh water for more than 40 towns and cities around it, but most importantly, it is a warning sign.” This film documents the impact of global warming on the melting of this particular snow formation. It gets better, though, because they show the power of next generation, us kids, to turn the tides and help save our planet. (I was actually interviewed on behalf of iMatter for this movie. Stay tuned for a post about that!)

What are your favorite climate movies? Comment below or tweet @imatteryouth to share them!

  • Gillian Overton
    Posted at 07:25h, 06 May

    Plastic Paradise is an excellent documentaryabout the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I recently showed this to my Freshman students and they were horrified. Some horrifying images showing the insides of birds full of plastic.