If you want to be in the know on some of the most relevant environmental discussions going on in Europe this year, why not make a new years resolution to check out these new documentaries picked for you by the Worldwatch Europe team.

One of the great things about Worldwatch Europe's headquarters being located in Copenhagen is that we are lucky enough to enjoy the 11-years strong CPH:DOX documentary film festival—the largest in Scandinavia and amongst the top film festivals in the world, representing 56 countries and showing some 200 international films. Because of its scope, the festival gives the perfect opportunity for environmental documentaries to reach a growing audience, increase awareness of environmental concerns and stimulate debates on topics relating to the environment.

What’s more, CPH:DOX has dedicated an entire category—Rethinking Resources—to films exploring natural resource use, sustainability and human-environmental interactions. In order to share the wealth of documentaries available at CPH:DOX this year, we have made a list of top environmental documentaries that also mirror five pressing environmental concerns we are up against in the new year—climate change, energy, waste, water, food and resources.


ThuleTuvalu — Directed by Matthias von Gunten, Switzerland

In two very different worlds yet entwined worlds, von Gunten presents the effects of climate change on the island nation of Tuvalu, experiencing sea level rise, and Greenland, experiencing ice melt. The film demonstrates how the effects of climate change are already talking their toll on such locations and linkages between these nations, despite being located in very different parts of the world.


Energized — Directed by Hubert Canaval, Austria

Explores the complex international web of meeting energy needs for growing demands in addition to exploring relationships between industry, politics and capital. The film also explores impacts of energy extraction and aspects of renewable energy concerning the scale of use of these technologies and potential environmental impacts of renewables.


A Journey to the Safest Place the Earth —Directed by Edgar Hagan, Switzerland

The safety and longevity of nuclear waste disposal seems to imply a big question mark for the long-term. How will we safely handle nuclear waste now and in the future? This film taps in issues surrounding nuclear waste disposal from the perspectives of a range of scientists and explores the relationship to economics and politics.


Natural Resistance —Directed by Jonathan Nossiter, Italy, France

Strict regulations imposed by the EU on grape growing and wine production make it difficult for the vitners depicted in this film to grow in accordance with nature—sustainably and with an emphasis on biodiversity—and for high quality tastes. Watch and explore the passion of wine from terroir to wine glass in Natural Resistance.


Black Ice — Directed by Maarten van Rouveroy, Netherlands

Black Ice uses previously unseen footage to tell the story of 30 Greenpeace activists determined to stop drilling in the arctic. Through the film, the audiences learns of the drama that ensued as the activists were detained by Russian authorities and the grit, passion and willingness required to become involved in such political hot topics as artic drilling.