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This Environment Edit Is All You Need To Learn More About The Planet

Our impact on Earth is much deeper than you think

By Gargi Agrawal  June 5th, 2021

As we continue to borrow from the earth and environment, it is important now, more than ever, to be aware of the consequences of every step. And we’re here to help you get started. From eye-opening documentaries about the earth to Instagram accounts that will educate you about a conscious lifestyle, here’s all you need to go green.

BOOKS

If you can’t step out, you might as well get nature closer to you. Add these to your TBR pile.

1. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if the entire human population is erased from the planet? Learn about the stunning revelation in this book which will help you gauge our impact on the environment.

2. The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline

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If your goal is to keep up with trends while saving the planet, then this book should find its way to your bedside. Packed with tips to help you make a sustainable sartorial statement, this is more than just a style guide. It will help you understand and love your clothes again–while being trendy and ethical.

3. Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils by David Farrier

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What will the world look like ten thousand years from now? David Farrier tries to imagine our present situation of climate and ecological crisis in the distant future. The book is a shocking revelation of the kind of fossils and impact that humans of today will leave behind.

DOCUMENTARIES

It’s time to turn your binging sessions into more thought-provoking hours. Delve into these documentaries that will entertain and keep you up-to-date.

1. Seaspiracy on Netflix

Released in 2021, this documentary is a devastating exploration of the impact of commercial fishing on the oceans. While the creation is filled with difficult scenes to digest, it ends with a fact that can really help make a change.

2. I Am Greta on Hulu

An internationally co-produced creation, the documentary follows the life of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and her personal side on the fight against climate change. I Am Greta showcases her international crusade to get people to join the movement while bringing to light the seriousness of what lies ahead for us.

3. Kiss The Ground on Netflix

A ground-breaking and inspiring documentary, Kiss The Ground, features science experts and celebrity activists who unravel ways in which earth’s soil can be used to combat climate change. To save the planet’s topsoil, they turn to regenerative farming, which could be the solution.

4. Before The Flood on Disney + Hotstar

Leonardo Di Caprio, the actor and UN Messenger of Peace, travels to five continents and the Arctic to uncover the reality of climate change. He discovers destruction, deforestation, floods and more which acts as a great reminder of the consequences of our actions.

5. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret on Netflix

This crowdfunded documentary examines the effects of animal agriculture on the environment, particularly cattle. Venture into the humorous and appalling journey of an aspiring environmentalist as he seeks to unravel the real solution to environmental issues while he tries to pave the real path to sustainability.

PODCASTS

Whether you’re planning to lead a conscious life or build an ethical capsule wardrobe, these podcasts have you covered.

1. TILclimate

Navigating and understanding climate change can sometimes be a minefield. Tune in as the podcast breaks down the science, technologies, policies behind climate change, how it’s impacting us, and what our society can do about it.

Listen to the podcast here.

2. Warm Regards

To put it simply, this podcast is about life on a warming planet. Expect honest and raw conversations with newsmakers, researchers, activists, policymakers, artists, and others as the hosts push past the graphs and the headlines to get at the heart of what it means to live and work in a warming world.

Listen to the podcast here.

3. Think: Sustainability

From waste to wealth and grids to growth, this podcast digs into the impact of consumption across all areas of life. It also tracks the movements, discoveries and technologies which can help us take practical actions for a better planet.

Listen to the podcast here.

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW

From colourful feeds that will compel you to turn vegan to jaw-dropping content about the environment, turn the notifications on for a greener lifestyle.

1. @thesustainablefashionforum

If you’re an ardent fashion enthusiast trying to build an ethical closet, look no further. This forum will educate you about everything from greenwashing to informing you about the origin of your clothes. Brownie points to this one for the impactful imagery, which will provoke you to stop, stare and wonder.

2. @veganbowls

With a massive 3 million following, trust this feed to present you with food that your body and earth will thank you for. The recipes are 100% plant-based, clean, healthy and worthy of making it to your ‘gram.

3. @styledsustainable

It’s no secret that fashion is one of the biggest industries causing environmental pollution. This account will help you shop smarter and better without compromising on those trendy silhouettes.

4. @forageandsustain

Want to get on with conscious living but don’t know where to start? Consider this account as the perfect kickstart to your journey. Packed with a marketplace of sustainable brands, informative blog posts, workshops and slow living guides—the task will be made simpler X10 times.

Photographs: Instagram