The exploration of the remaining areas of wildlife on the planet has both a sense of adventure and tragedy. While the human species still has so much to learn about Earth’s fellow inhabitants, we may just destroy these other worlds before we even know the extent of what we’re losing.
Multiple Netflix documentaries explore this dichotomy by highlighting the breathtaking highs of the planet’s natural beauty while also providing the cautionary context that much of this will be lost. Annihilation doesn’t have to be inevitable, but the way things are going lately, who are we kidding?
So with those rosy thoughts in mind (sidenote: did you know that roses are contributing to environmental demise?), maybe you’re interested in a few Netflix recommendations?
Along with a selection of noteworthy nature documentaries, Netflix has debuted quite a few not-so-great projects recently. From a Zac Efron vanity project to the bafflingly annoying “Absurd Planet,” Netflix documentaries may have burned you worse than our burning planet.
But the below list will not let you down like that. It includes an Emmy winner, an Oscar nominee and generally just the best of the best in this craft. Whether you’re looking for some awe-inspiring escapism or to learn about parts of the world you may never get to see yourself, read on for the recommendations.
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Premise:David Attenborough narrates stories about animals affected by climate change and in need of conservation efforts. The show relies on extreme close-ups of wildlife in action paired with a sense this all could be lost.
“Our Planet” earned 10 Emmy nominations. It won two for Outstanding Narrator and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
Runtime: 8 episodes of roughly 50 minutes over one season
Premise: A freediver in South...