As a millennial, I don't have cable (does anyone anymore?) but I do have Netflix and it is my favourite source for binge-worthy TV shows and captivating documentaries.
I've rounded up 10 of my favourite documentaries about sustainability and intentional living:
Sustainable is a documentary about connecting back to where our food comes from. Choosing local and organic wherever possible, going back to our roots when it comes to wheat and grains, and helping out local farmers to really understand the process of raising healthy, quality crop.
The "Minimalists" Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn take us on a journey of living with less. They urge us to rethink the way we shop and acquire goods by taking ourselves out of the automatic, habitual behaviour of always seeking more.
3) Before the Flood
This documentary is thought provoking to say the least. It follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he delves deeper into the issue of global warming - whether it is man made and if there is anything we can do about it.
4) Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
This docu-series focuses on intentional living. Marie Kondo helps people/couples/families to sort through all of their belongings and decide what items "bring them joy" and which items can be discarded in order to clean up the home and open up space for better energy flow.
The raising of livestock is one of the major contributors to climate change. We are wiping out entire forests just to sustain human desire to eat meat. There is no single diet that is suitable for everybody, and it is not feasible for some people to stop eating meat completely. But it is important no matter what you eat, to realize how your food choices are affecting the environment.
6) Chasing Coral
Chasing Coral is a really heartbreaking documentary for those who have a special connection with coral reefs and the ocean. It documents the phenomenon of coral bleaching - entire coral reefs that are dying off at an exponential rate. This is an eye-opener to the visible effects of global warming and climate change.
7) Tiny House Nation
This is a docu-series that I just finished watching and let me tell you, it has made me want to live in a tiny home! It is incredible what is possible in such a small space, and beyond that, realizing that we actually don't need that much space to live and to be happy.
Although a bit slow moving throughout the documentary, Terra reflects on the relationship between humankind and nature. It explores how disconnected with have become with our earth in favour of creating a world that serves mankind and holds wild life as refugees more so than respecting them as sentient beings.
9) A Plastic Ocean
This documentary was by far, hands down, the hardest one for me to watch. I have always loved the ocean, even dubbing it my spiritual sanctuary. So to see the sheer amount of plastic and garbage that is sitting at the bottom of the ocean floor and entangling our marine wildlife absolutely gutted me to my core. A Plastic Ocean is a documentary that reminded me exactly why I started The Eco Love Collective and why I want it to be a revolution for sustainable change.
10) Mission Blue
Mission Blue was both inspiring and heart wrenching. The over-fishing of our oceans, as well as the dumping of toxic waste, has led to a mass deterioration of entire species of marine life. This documentary follows an insanely inspirational scientist named Sylvia Earle whose love for the ocean radiates throughout documentary.
Have you seen any of these? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!