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

The Human Element(2018)

In an arresting new documentary from the producers of Racing Extinction, The Cove, and Chasing Ice, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element’s coast-to-coast series of captivating stories inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world. The film is available for free streaming. Use this form to request a screening and get streaming access.

True North (2018)

True North consists of 16 11-minute episodes, led by John Iadarola — who co-hosts The Young Turks’ ThinkTank channel and investigative reporter and filmmaker Chavala Madlena — who has worked with The Guardian and BBC. Alongside a retinue of scientists, cartographers, and other associates, Iadarola and Madlena report from remote Arctic locates in order to ascertain how climate change is affecting local populations and ecosystems.

 

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.

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.

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.

A Beautiful Planet (2016)

A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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 margaret@theyearsproject.com. Tell them that you are with CCL and that Clara Fang sent you.

In addition, Greg Hamra distilled these three segments from the series showing just the carbon pricing parts:

bit.ly/pricelessyears - Shows the activity around promoting carbon pricing on college campuses
bit.ly/savingmiami - Saving Miami
bit.ly/cclnatgeo - About the work of CCL

 

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.

Interstellar (2014)

Director Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is that rarest of Hollywood anomalies – a wildly complicated, lavishly expensive, wholly original mainstream blockbuster. It doesn’t exist in the Marvel or DC cinematic universes; instead, it occupies a not-so-distant-future version of our very own – and things aren’t exactly going great. While the words “climate change” are never explicitly said in the film, the impacts of the crisis are writ large, driving a plot about an attempt to flee a near-future Earth reeling from drastically changing weather patterns and global food shortages for the safety of a new habitable planet.

Merchants of Doubt (2014)

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Snowpiercer (2013)

The film is set in a future where a failed geo-engineering experiment to counteract climate change plunges the planet into a new ice age, killing all life except for those lucky enough (a phrase we’re using loosely here) to have boarded the titular train. This train now circles the globe on a constant loop and a tyrannical class system has taken hold onboard. It’s an important cautionary tale: while we should investigate any and all scientific developments to stop the climate crisis, dangerous gambles like geo-engineering – or for that matter, fleeing our planet for an imagined oasis somewhere deep in the universe – could come with unintended consequences. So, why risk it when we know for sure that quickly transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables can and will work?


Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Living in a Louisiana bayou community called “the Bathtub,” six-year-old Hush Puppy (youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) can’t get the prehistoric aurochs her teacher tells her will be released from melting ice caps off her mind – even as the world in front of her crumbles and cowers, the victim of powerful storms, failing levees, and familial health problems. While the film’s setting is technically fictional, it was inspired by several very real fishing villages in Southern Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish. These small, isolated wetland communities are threatened by climate-driven erosion, extreme weather, and rising sea levels. Most notable among them is the rapidly disappearing Isle de Jean Charles, former home of “the first American climate refugees.”

Chasing Ice (2012)

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.

11th Hour (2007)

“The 11th Hour” is a 2007 documentary film, made, handled and depicted by Leonardo Dicaprio, on the state of the earth. “The 11th Hour” is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment – how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course.  Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.