Earlier this month, I put together my list of environmental documentaries that deserved a spot in everyone's Netflix queue. It sparked quite a discussion on our Facebook page, and a handful of mbg readers shared their top picks. Here are eight more docs to check out, based on popular suggestion.
To beef or not to beef? That's the question in this doc that explores the importance that local, grass-fed cattle will play in the future of human and environmental health.
Watchers prone to motion sickness beware. This new flick follows a group of acclaimed climbers as they traverse 21,000 feet to the summit of Meru Peak in the Himalayas — one of the most grueling ascents in the world. Their dedication borders on obsession and demonstrates nature's effect on the human spirit.
Sunshine Superman follows the rebellious origins of BASE jumping and tells the story of its fearless creator, Carl Boenish. A weaving of Boenish's personal footage and modern-day accounts, it's as visually stunning as it is emotionally moving.
An Inconvenient Truth
Watch former vice president Al Gore give a harrowing account of human-caused climate change and what it means for future generations. Do yourself a favor and pick up his book by the same name too.
The Botany of Desire
Based on Michael Pollan's acclaimed book, The Botany of Desire explores the role that plants have played in human existence and celebrates the intimate relationship we share with food found in nature.
The True Cost
This film will change the way you look at your closet. It paints a disturbing picture of the garment industry by exposing the filthy, often dangerous conditions in which factory laborers in undeveloped countries work to bring fast fashion to the rest of the world.
America's ongoing reliance on oil continues to take an ugly toll, and Pump explores cleaner, more efficient energy sources that hold the potential to transform the way we use transportation.
Forks Over Knives
This powerful doc explores the idea that some of the most dangerous diseases in America are a direct result of a Western diet filled with processed food and animal products.