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Environment: Media


10 Great Documentaries to See By Earth Day. Poster for An Inconvenient Truth (2006); trailer: 2:32.

10 Environmental Documentaries to Stream This Summer. Image from My Octopus Teacher (2020); trailer: 2:27.

"30 true stories that should remind us all of our collective responsibility to Mother Earth." Image from Racing Extinction (2015); trailer: 2:39.


The Climate Question covers stories from around the world on why we find it so hard to save our own planet, and how to change that. From BBC News.

This podcast is about "regenerative agriculture", and the scientists, farmers, and others, who are working to make a healthier food system for all of us.

Another NPR offering, Earthwise looks at our changing environment by examining everything from business operations to nature to legislation.

This 50-minute episode of NPR's Throughline reviews how public support plus sweeping legislation came together to produce a movement, culminating in the first Earth Day.

Awarded Best Narrative Nonfiction Podcast Award at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The "guardians" attempt to protect a remote, near pristine environment surrounding a network of rivers in Africa.

A podcast about people, technologies, and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the air and reverse climate change.

The climate crisis in 10-minutes segments. Topics include carbon emissions, sustainable milk, extreme weather, and of course, plastics.

Other Media

Iconic photograph taken at the first Earth Day observance in New York City, April 1970. The model was later identified as Peter Hallerman, sophomore at Pace College (NY).

Photos of the environment from National Geographic magazine

Photographs about environmental problems taken from 1971-1977 for the Documerica Project, US EPA.

Earth Day 2022

Search Google Doodles for Earth Day doodles over the years.

Mandy Barker art

REACH MERMAID; photograph of toothbrushes collected from oceans (often from stomachs of dead birds) in the U.S., Asia and the Caribbean. Commissioned photo by acclaimed environmentalist and photographer Mandy Barker

Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment

Cronkite on Earth Day

Special report on the first Earth Day on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (part 1, 3:21; see playlist for additional programs)

An Inconvenient Truth, 2006 (trailer, 2:31); revisited in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power in 2017 (below; 2:32)

Earth Focus





KCET's Earth Focus features investigative reports and in-depth stories about our changing environment and how it affects people around the world (~30 mins)

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a Texas-sized island made entirely of our trash, is profiled on Vice (2017; 1:06)