15 Sustainability & Vegan Documentaries To Watch In Lockdown

Stuck inside and can’t decide what to watch on Netflix? We’ve got you covered.

1. Seaspiracy (2021)

Root The Future Review 9/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 89%  |  IMDB 8.3/10

Where to watch – Netflix

Seaspiracy examines the global fishing industry, challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how human actions cause widespread environmental destruction.

2. Game Changers (2019)

Root The Future Review 10/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 99%  |  IMDB 7.9/10

Where to watch – Netflix

James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.

3. What The Health (2017)

Root The Future Review 8/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 62%  |  IMDB 7.4/10

Where to watch – Netflix

Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation’s leading health organisations doesn’t want people to know about it.

4. Cowspiracy (2019)

Root The Future Review 9/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 88%  |  IMDB 8.2/10

Where to watch – Netflix

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

5. Before The Flood (2016)

Root The Future Review 9/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 77%  |  IMDB 8.2/10

Where to watch – Everywhere! Youtube, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Twitter, Google Play, or google it!

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

6. Forks Over Knives (2011)

Root The Future Review 9/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 79%  |  IMDB 7.7/10

Where to watch – Amazon, iTunes, Forks Over Knives website

Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.

7. Ice On Fire (2019)

Root The Future Review 9/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 89%  |  IMDB 7.4/10

Where to watch – HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Visionaries and scientists work to mitigate climate change and minimize climate-related events, despite a rapidly warming planet.

8. True Cost (2015)

Root The Future Review 8/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 77%  |  IMDB 8.1/10

Where to watch – Amazon, True Cost Website

This documentary discusses several aspects of the garment industry from production—mainly exploring the life of low-wage workers in developing countries—to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death. 

9. Racing Extinction (2015)

Root The Future Review 9/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 82%  |  IMDB 8.3/10

Where to watch – iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, along with activists, scientists and others, draws attention to mankind’s role in a potential loss of at least half of the world’s species.

10. The Need To Grow (2018)

Root The Future Review 7.5/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes N/A  |  IMDB 8/10

Where to watch – Vimeo, Amazon, The Need To Grow website

“The Need to GROW” delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.

11. 2040 (2019)

Root The Future Review 7/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 100%  |  IMDB 7.2/10

Where to watch – Google Play, iTunes, 2040 website

Concerned about his young daughter’s future, filmmaker Damon Gameau travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change. He meets with innovators and changemakers in many fields to draw on their expertise.

12. David Attenborough : A Life On Our Planet (2020)

Root The Future Review 7/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 96%  |  IMDB 9/10

Where to watch – Netflix

This film acts as a “witness statement”, through which Attenborough shares first-hand his concern for the current state of the planet due to humanity’s impact on nature and his hopes for the future.

Root The Future note: This documentary is awe-inspiring, eye-opening and heartbreaking. It has the potential to make such a huge impact. However, we were disappointed that David Attenborough chose to share his opinion that we can continue fishing and consuming seafood whilst without damaging our planet. Watch Seaspiracy to see why this is not possible.

13. Blackfish (2013)

Root The Future Review 8/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 90%  |  IMDB 8.1/10

Where to watch – Google Play, Amazon, Hulu, Blackfish website

The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man’s relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.

14. Food Inc (2008)

Root The Future Review 8.5/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 86%  |  IMDB 7.8/10

Where to watch – Amazon, Hulu, Vimeo, Watch Documentaries website

Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.

15. My Octopus Teacher

Root The Future Review 8/10  |  Rotten Tomatoes 93%  |  IMDB 8.2/10

Where to watch – Netflix

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world. An oscar-winning documentary that will make you fall back in love with nature.

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