Climate Films

Hosting a film viewing is a great way to generate interest in potential members. Here are some tips on planning your event and a list of film suggestions. 

Planning your Event

1. Find a Venue: A screening may be held in any private home or venue — see the specific film or show guidelines. All you need is an area that will hold your expected attendees and a way to watch the film or show.

2. Invite guests: Make sure all the members of your chapters know about the screening and ask them to commit to inviting a few more people they think might be interested. Send email invitations early — at least three weeks before the event. Create a Facebook event or use an online invitation service like EventBrite. Include details about when the event will start, whether food and drinks will be provided, what time the screening will begin, and when you expect to wrap things up.

3. Schedule some social time: When you gather is up to you. One possibility would be to begin an hour early and socialize with snacks and drinks until it’s time for the screening and end by taking one of a few simple actions.Whenever you choose to start, please make a priority of having all your guests — especially newcomers — sign in with their names and email addresses. This is a great opportunity for recruitment, so be sure to collect names and emails for all those in attendance.

4: Include an action: After the episode, if they wish, your guests can contribute to our work in several ways:

5. Optional items: Some optional items you may want to bring with you to the screening include:

  • Name tags
  • Food/drinks to share
  • Paper/envelopes/stamps for letters to Congress

Recommended Films


Years of Living Dangerously (2016)

The Emmy-winning climate change series returns for a second season to tell the biggest story of our time. Featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential stars, Years of Living Dangerously reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from across the planet. CCL has an exclusive deal with Years of Living Dangerously to show the two episodes related to carbon pricing to higher ed audiences free of charge. To obtain a link, email Maggie Badore at and tell them that you are with CCL and Clara Fang sent you.

In addition, Greg Hamra distilled these three segments from the series showing just the carbon pricing parts: - shows the activity around promoting carbon pricing on college campuses - Saving Miami - about the work of CCL


Merchants of Doubt (2014)

Spin doctors spread misinformation and confusion among American citizens to delay progress on such important issues as global climate change. Thanks to a generous offer from Participant Media, CCL is able to provide our members who want to host a screening of Merchants of Doubt with a free DVD, screening license, and $100 gift card to offset costs of hosting an event (while supplies last). Email Adeline DeYoung if you are interested in hosting an event


Facing the Surge (2016)

Facing the Surge documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. But Facing the Surge is not a film about loss and inaction. It tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change. This 25:00 documentary includes an inspirational 5:00 section on Citizens’ Climate Lobby.


An Inconvenient Sequel (2017)

More than a decade after jumpstarting a global conversation on the climate crisis with the film An Inconvenient Truth, Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore returns to the big screen with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power tells the story of one man’s fight to solve this crisis at a time when the threat has never been clearer – and the reasons for hope have never been greater. We follow Vice President Gore as he travels the world training citizens as Climate Reality Leaders and building an international coalition to confront the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.


Chasing Coral (2017)  

From the director of Chasing Ice comes an epic adventure to capture our changing oceans. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.”


Before the Flood (2016)

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.


Time to Choose (2016)

Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an in-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.


The Age of Consequences (2016) 

'The Hurt Locker' meets 'An Inconvenient Truth', THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.


The Burden (2015) 

The Burden tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. The film is the centerpiece of a strategic media engagement campaign to inspire a movement that strengthens our energy security and harnesses the power of American innovation to make us leaders in the 21st century global clean energy economy.


Chasing Ice (2014)

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog with a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.


Happening: A clean energy revolution (2017)

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, by James Redford, takes a personal look at how clean energy is creating jobs, turning profits, and making communities stronger and healthier across the country.