#SRI — 20.04.2022

Five must-see films to know more about climate change

By Guy Janssens - Head of Sustainable & Responsible Investments

The clock is ticking for the planet. These five documentaries make a ruthless observation, but they also offer solutions. For anyone who wants to know more, they are must-see films.


  • Chasing Ice portrays the melting of ice caps
  • In A Life on Our Planet, David Attenborough depicts the decline in biodiversity
  • Seaspiracy is a deep dive into our oceans, plastic soup and overfishing
  • Blowout: Inside America’s Energy Gamble takes us behind the scenes of the energy industry
  • Kiss the Ground looks at the consequences of unsustainable land use

The film Chasing Ice was produced in 2012 when global warming was still denied by many. In this documentary, National Geographic photographer James Balog takes us to the North Pole. James Balog and his team placed 24 time-lapse cameras in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland for three years to capture the effects of climate change. The result was a series of snapshots to visualise the melting of glaciers. This documentary also shows that now there is no time to lose in the fight against climate change. One billion people are threatened by the melting of ice caps. It’s an impressive film that rightly deserved its Emmy Award.

Available on Amazon Prime.


"If we do nothing, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050."

Objectifs de développement durable

"If we succeed in restoring biodiversity, our planet will be able to regain a balance."

Restoring biodiversity

Another unmissable documentary is A Life on Our Planet (2020) by Sir David Attenborough. In this film, the 95-year old presenter tells us how he has seen the planet change over his lifetime. Continuing along the existing path is not an option. The Amazon forest would deteriorate into a savannah, ice caps would melt, coral reefs would die and food crises would ensue. But David Attenborough has a message of hope. If we succeed in restoring biodiversity, our planet will be able to regain a balance. And he proposes solutions to achieve this: we must stop population growth, switch to renewable energies, return agricultural land to nature and put an end to deforestation.


The history of oceans'

Seaspiracy (2021) plunges us into the oceans. The film’s producers show us that plastic soup is closely linked to fishing, and it threatens people and animals just as much as nature. The message is supported by a United Nations study warning that if we do nothing, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. The impacts of overfishing, fish farming and aquaculture are also explained in this documentary. The conclusion of the film is that sustainable fish do not exist and we would do better to remove fish from our diet.

Available on Netflix.

"'Blowout: Inside America's Energy Gamble' recounts the shocking tale of the US energy industry."

Energy and land use

Blowout: Inside America's Energy Gamble (2018) recounts the shocking tale of the US energy industry. The documentary reveals the plots of the fossil fuel sector to develop further in the US and the role of energy lobbying. It also details the negative consequences for human health and the environment.

Available on Apple TV and Amazon Prime.

Kiss the Ground (2020)
focuses on land use. The film shows that unsustainable land use has been harmful, from desertification to health problems. However, it is not too late to act. By adopting other habits of culture and eating, we can still reverse things.

Available on Netflix.

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