What better time to watch some incredible documentaries from around the world than Earth Day?
In all of the hustle and bustle in our day-to-day lives, it's important to take a moment to wonder how much of an impact we make on our environment. One way to do this is by educating ourselves with nature documentaries.
You might already have seen your fair share of David Attenborough docs (and yes, he appears twice on our list here) but we've chosen a collection of new and old gems which you might have previously missed.
'Secrets of the Whales' (Disney+)
Executive produced by James Cameron and narrated by Sigourney Weaver, 'Secrets of the Whales' launches today on Disney+ as part of the National Geographic. Showcasing the similarities between ourselves and some of the biggest mammals in the deep ocean blue is the central message of the series. Be sure to read our one-on-one interview with director Brian Armstrong here.
'The Year Earth Changed' (Apple TV+)
A new release this week on Apple TV+ is a David Attenborough narrated title which became the most-watched documentary on the streaming platform. The most timely nature documentary on our list, 'The Year Earth Changed' examines the impact 2020 had on our environment, showing how a global lockdown led to a brief, more peaceful Earth for the first time in living history.
'David Attenborough's Kingdom of Plants' (Sky & NOW)
David Attenborough is the king of nature documentaries, and we owe him a lot for spearheading the genre into our lives over the years. The activist and presenter's second appearance on our list is his 'Kingdom of Plants' series sees him explore The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in the UK and the secret wonders of plant life.
'Saving the Amazon' (Amazon Prime)
A lesser-known title than others on this list, 'Saving the Amazon' examines how one of the biggest ecosystem's in the world is deteriorating as the years go by. With pressure from politicians, and Brazilian Amazon saw destruction soar 85% in 2019. The outcome? Heavier pockets for businessmen and a devastating impact on wildlife, Amazonian tribes, and the world as we know it.
My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)
Finally, it's a documentary you might have heard a great deal about but haven't yet sat down to watch. The Oscar-nominated documentary feature documents a year spent between filmmaker Craig Foster and his blossoming relationship with an octopus in South Africa. A film 10 years in the making deserves just an hour and a half of your time.