Respect for the Environment

The Salt of the Earth
The Salt of the Earth

Covering the wealth of human and animal life on our planet, this film list explores the globe and its infinite yet endangered wonders. Examining the impact that human progress has on the world in both positive and negative ways, this list encourages respect for the environment and stimulates debate about how we can work together to protect it. 

One Life

CertU

Age group7–16

Duration84 mins

One Life(2011)

Spectacular nature documentary featuring amazing photography of seals, eagles, hippos and many more, narrated by Daniel Craig.

The wide variety of animal life on earth is investigated in this entertainingly narrated documentary that looks at important processes that all living beings share. Structured through chapters on seeking food, avoiding predators and caring for young, this is an accessible and stimulating introduction to documentary for younger viewers.

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March of the Penguins

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration77 mins

March of the Penguins(2005)

Documentary capturing the remarkable journey the Emperor penguins of the South Antarctic make every winter.

Celebrating nature’s triumph over the odds, this documentary charts the penguins’ struggle to raise the next generation in their beautiful but often brutal habitat. This film explores a threatened landscape and opens up discussions on animals and the habitats they rely on to survive.

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Arctic Tale

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration84 mins

Arctic Tale(2007)

Absorbing documentary about the pressure global warming puts on the arctics inhabitants' daily fight for survival.

An accessible way into the debate about climate change and how its effects can already be seen, this documentary forms a narrative about the lives of polar bear Nanu and walrus Seela in a way that young children will understand the threats that they face.

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The Lorax

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration86 mins

The Lorax(2012)

Lively adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book, with a strong environmental message amidst the nonsense, riddles and giggles!

In a world where nature is considered ‘dirty’ and everything is fake, one boy discovers the truth when trying to track down an elusive real tree for the girl he’s trying to impress. Keeping true to the themes of the book, this film warns not to value products and money over the free but essential gifts that nature provides.

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Earth

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration96 mins

Earth(2007)

Poignant and entertaining nature documentary about a year in the life of planet Earth with narration from Patrick Stewart.

Featuring incredible footage compiled for the television series of the same name compacted into a feature-length film, Earth explores the changing seasons and its effects on species across the planet. Not only informative and visually stunning, it provides food for thought on how these creatures are affected by shifting seasons due to climate change.

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More Than Honey

CertE

Age group7+

Duration91 mins

More Than Honey(2012)

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies around the globe, and the importance of their contribution to the world's ecosystem.

Why is the humble bee so important to human life? This documentary explores how bees, and their pollination of the world’s crops, makes them vital to our and several other species’ survival. Looking at the situation in different countries, it also examines their mysterious and increasing disappearance in ‘colony collapse’ syndrome.

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FernGully - The Last Rainforest

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration72 mins

FernGully - The Last Rainforest(1992)

Charming eco-conscious animated tale about a rainforest inhabited by sprites and talking animals, who find that humans are chopping the forest down.

A magical take on an important subject, this animated adventure leads the audience through the journey of discovery made by Zak, who learns about the vital importance of trees to human life and learns to appreciate the beauty of the rainforest.

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Binn Bunny Goes Green

CertE

Age group5–11

Duration6 mins

Binn Bunny Goes Green(2009)

Join Aggie the stag beetle, Shirley Girley Squirrley and the rest of the gang as they battle to save the forest and turn around their feisty friend.

This charming youth-made short animation highlights how encouraging everyone to work together to protect the environment can make a big difference.

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A Turtle's Tale - Sammy's Adventures

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration85 mins

A Turtle's Tale - Sammy's Adventures(2010)

A turtle's adventures travelling around the world looking for his true love and showing the damage done to the oceans.

In Sammy’s adventures around the globe during his long lifespan he discovers that the planet is changing, and how much of it is due to human activity. It’s not all bad news though - there are glimmers of hope in conservation projects he encounters along the way.

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WALL-E

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration98 mins

WALL-E(2008)

A small, rather hopeless looking robot is left alone on Earth to clean up the mess left by humans, in this wonderful Pixar animation.

In this gentle futuristic cautionary tale we get a glimpse of what the earth could be like in years to come if people continue to pollute the planet with litter.

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Ice and the Sky

CertU

Age group14+

Duration89 mins

Ice and the Sky(2015)

Documentary about the research project that first revealed evidence of global warming and the scientist who made it his life’s work to uncover it.

A fascinating insight into the endurance of scientific vision and physical perseverance of scientist Claude Lorius, who spent his career at the Earth’s poles collecting evidence of climate change on the atmosphere.

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Encounters at the End of the World

CertU

Age group14+

Duration96 mins

Encounters at the End of the World(2007)

When legendary director Werner Herzog journeys to Antarctica, the people he meets there are just as fascinating as the wildlife.

Acerbic director Werner Herzog turns his attention to the researchers based at the South Pole, attempting to uncover what drove them to pursue a tough lifestyle at ‘the end of the world’. This film celebrates their pioneering spirit and dedication to Science, as well as capturing some beautiful footage of the South Pole’s natural inhabitants.

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Baraka

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration92 mins

Baraka(1992)

A film told through extended shots of various worldwide events, settings, and creatures, creating a dreamy, universal resonance.

This sweeping and visually impressive film takes in the wonders of life on Earth, from the daily routines of its human inhabitants through to the marvels of nature. Many facets of our existence are contemplated including spirituality, the effects of industrialisation, and the struggle for survival.

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The Salt of the Earth

Cert12

Age group14+

Duration110 mins

The Salt of the Earth(2014)

Documentary about the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado over the last four decades.

An insight into the scope of human life on earth through the lens of photographer Sebastião Salgado. When Salgado changed his focus from humanitarian crises to the natural world, it became his mission to preserve the environment. Showing the delicate balance of human life and its dependence on the health of the planet, this is an eye-opening and inspiring film.

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Big River Man

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration97 mins

Big River Man(2009)

Documentary following a man swimming the entire length of the Amazon river, all 3375 miles of it!

This documentary not only charts a feat of human endurance, but also gives a rich impression of the changing banks of the Amazon, and how precious it is to the life it supports.

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Powaqqatsi

CertU

Age group11+

Duration99 mins

Powaqqatsi(1988)

A shocking, beautiful film made up of a series of images of the world around us, focusing on the industrialisation of the developing world.

The title of this impressionistic documentary is taken from Hopi Indian, combining the idea of a sorcerer who takes energy from others to exist, and the essence of life itself. This vision is applied on a global scale, as we see how industrialisation affects civilisation and the planet, in both positive and negative ways.

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Earth

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration96 mins

Earth(2007)

Poignant and entertaining nature documentary about a year in the life of planet Earth with narration from Patrick Stewart.

Featuring incredible footage compiled for the television series of the same name compacted into a feature-length film, Earth explores the changing seasons and its effects on species across the planet. Not only informative and visually stunning, it provides food for thought on how these creatures are affected by shifting seasons due to climate change.

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More Than Honey

CertE

Age group7+

Duration91 mins

More Than Honey(2012)

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies around the globe, and the importance of their contribution to the world's ecosystem.

Why is the humble bee so important to human life? This documentary explores how bees, and their pollination of the world’s crops, makes them vital to our and several other species’ survival. Looking at the situation in different countries, it also examines their mysterious and increasing disappearance in ‘colony collapse’ syndrome.

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