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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

  • Canada
  • 86
    Directors:
  • Jennifer Baichwal
  • Nicholas de Pencier
  • Edward Burtynsky
WATCH ON TVO

A stunning cinematic meditation on humanity's massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is the final film in an award-winning trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark. (TVO)

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Autumn Pelletier

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Water protector Autumn Peltier speaks at the UN. Autumn is an Anishinaabe water-rights advocate from Wiikwemikoong Territory, Manitoulin Island. She is a leading water-rights advocate and global youth environmental activist. In 2019 she was appointed Chief Water Commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation.

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Life At 50 C

BBC – Life at 50C

  • UK
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  • BBC

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The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found. These high temperature days are happening in more areas of the world than before, presenting unprecedented challenges to human health and to how we live.

The Beauty

The Beauty

  • Germany
  • 4
    Director:
  • Pascal Schelbli

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What if plastic could be integrated into sea life? The Beauty is a poetic journey through the oceans, which are simultaneously stunning and filthy. Discover a world where concerns and fears dissolve into the mysterious depth of the polluted blue sea.

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Chasing Coral

  • USA
  • 88
    Director:
  • Jeff Orlowski

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From the director of Chasing Ice comes this breathtaking cinematic journey below the world’s oceans to its coral reefs. Spectacular time-lapse footage reveals the devastating impact of climate change, which threatens to eradicate this marvelous ecosystemwithin our lifespan.

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Thunberg Peltier Tiff

A Conversation with Autumn Peltier and Greta Thunberg moderated by Naomi Klein

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Anishinaabe water activist Autumn Peltier and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg discuss their individual work—celebrated in two new films about their journeys, The Water Walker and I Am Greta—and its impact on future generations. TIFF 2020

Eve

Eve

  • UK
  • 21
    Directors:
  • Joya Berrow
  • Lucy Jane
WATCH ON THE GUARDIAN

A charming short doc about nine-year-old Eve, a young climate activist who lives with her family in an off-grid community in England. The film follows Eve as she plans and nervously anticipates her return to traditional schooling. Her schoolmates recognize Eve from a recorded protest in London, and she soon learns she is a welcomed new student to the school.

Fashions Dirty Secret

Fashion's Dirty Secret

  • UK
  • 45
    Directors:
  • Emeka Onono
  • Executive Producer: Wendy Rattray
  • Producer: Allanah Langstarff
WATCH ON CBC

Stacey Dooley travels the world to uncover the hidden costs of our addiction to fast fashion. She will see for herself how toxic chemicals released by the garment industry are polluting waterways that millions of people rely on. She’ll witness the former Aral Sea, once one of the largest bodies of fresh water now reduced almost entirely to dust. These are shocking discoveries likely to make you think twice about whether you really need those new clothes.

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Hurricane Harvey

Flying into the Eye of Hurricane Harvey

  • UK
  • 8
    Director:
  • BBC Earth Unplugged

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Meet the men and women who fly into the eye of a developing hurricane to collect data before the storm reaches land and how that data is used to potentially save the lives of of countless people.

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Greta Thunberg's address to the World Economic Fund, Davos Agenda, January 2021

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Greta Thunberg is invited to speak each year to the World Economic Fund event in Davos. She talks about their ineptitude and insincerity to bring change, while making empty promises with more ‘blah, blah, blah’.

Last Days Paradise High

Last Days at Paradise High

  • USA
  • 23
    Directors:
  • Emily Thomas
  • Derek Knowles

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The end of the school year is a time for reflection and celebration and that is especially true for the staff and students of Paradise High School. After the deadliest wildfire in California's history destroyed their town, they were forced into a new way of life.

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Plastic Wars

Plastic Wars

  • USA
  • 45
    Director:
  • Rick Young
WATCH ON GEM

Did the plastic industry use the lure of recycling to sell even more plastic? A look at the mounting crisis of plastic waste in the environment.

Sea Legacy

Sea Legacy

  • Canada
  • 5
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SeaLegacy’s pioneering photographic expeditions and global campaigns aim to shine a light on the threats our oceans face and the extraordinary opportunities we already have of healing the future — one sustainable solution at a time. (SeaLegacy)

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Mill

The Mill

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • David W. Craig

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When the Nova Scotia government mandates Northern Pulp to clean up their site in Pictou County, it is a victory for many members of the community. The Pictou Mill is the most polluted site in Nova Scotia, contaminating the water of the largely Indigenous land it is located on. The good news of the cleanup, however, comes with financial and environmental consequences that spark tensions in the region.

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Toad People

Toad People

  • Canada
  • 26
    Director:
  • Mike McKinlay

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Every year in early summer, thousands of fingernail-sized juvenile western toads must migrate from the wetlands where they’re born to the forest where they live, in the rural community of Ryder Lake in Chilliwack, BC. The only problem is that there’s a highway running between the two. Members of the community have taken it upon themselves to aid the toadlets make the journey safely, helping to preserve the species against all odds.

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Water Warriors

Water Warriors

  • Canada
  • 22
    Director:
  • Michael Premo
WATCH ON PBS SOCAL

When Texas-based SWN Resources arrives in New Brunswick to explore for natural gas, a multicultural group of warriors, including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians, and English-speaking families, set up a series of road blockages to prevent exploration and protect their water and way of life.

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