45 years ago, for the first time in 1974 World Environment Day was celebrated with the theme of “Only One Earth.” It was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972. Every year, we celebrate the Environment Day with a particular theme.

In 2018, it was “Beat Plastic Pollution” , in 2019 it was “Best Air Pollution” and this year, the theme is “Celebrate Biodiversity.”

Now when with the pandemic, and the global lockdown how do we celebrate the World Environment Day? Well, we can celebrate the day by watching documentaries and educating ourselves about the nature. Because, I am sure, not many of us has a habit of binge-watching documentaries. So here is a list of documentaries, that you can watch on Netflix.

The Ivory Game

The 2016 American documentary film,directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. It had its world premiere on September 16, 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released to Netflix on November 4, 2016.

The official synopsis reads: Ivory is a prized status symbol for middle-class Chinese, and poachers in pursuit of white gold are slaughtering African elephants in record numbers. Filmmakers went under cover for 16 months, infiltrating and documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.


The 2014 British Documentary directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel. It first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on 17th April 2014. Later, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. On 28th July 2014, Netflix picked up the exclusive rights to the film and it was released on 7th November.

The official synopsis reads: The Oscar-nominated true story of the rangers risking their lives to save Africa’s most precious national park and its endangered gorillas.

Night on earth

The British nature documentary series made for Netflix is produced by Plimsoll Productions. The series follows animals that are active during the night using state of the art, low-light camera technology.

The official synopsis reads: This nature series’ new technology lifts night’s veil to reveal the hidden lives of the world’s creatures, from lions on the hunt to bats on the wing.

Episode 1Moonlit Plains
Episode 2Frozen Nights
Episode 3Jungle Nights
Episode 4Dark Seas
Episode 5Sleepless Cities
Episode 6Dusk Till Dawn

Our planet

The British nature documentary series addresses issues of conversation while featuring these disparate animals in their respective home regions, and has been noted for its greater focus on humans’ impact on the environment.

David Attenborough talking about the series said, “This series will explore the Earth’s most important habitats, and celebrate the life they still support. We will reveal what must be preserved if we are to ensure a future where humans and nature can thrive.”

As David Attenborough warns: “What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future for all life on Earth.” It’s groundbreaking both in its boldness and its videography, using new techniques to capture the calving of a glacier.

Episode 1One Planet
Episode 2Frozen Worlds
Episode 3Jungles
Episode 4Coastal Seas
Episode 5From Deserts to Grasslands
Episode 6The High Seas
Episode 7Fresh Water
Episode 8Forests

These were the four documentaries that you could watch this week instead of binge-watching on a series and celebrate this week of World Environment Day with us.

By Rajrita Chattopadhyay

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