Here's What to Watch On Earth Day

Since everything from a burrito to finding a rainbow has a holiday, and those are just in April, today we pause and reflect on our planet’s well-deserved holiday…Earth Day.

Earth Day now in its 51st year, is the most universally observed secular holiday on the planet. Nearly 200 countries and over a billion people participate "to build environmental democracy and advocate for sustainability," according to and this year, it runs alongside the Biden administration’s global climate summit.

From the pandemic to other global calamities and social unrest we’ve all seen, felt, or been directly connected to, this moment to take in the majestic miracle that is earth comes at the perfect time. 

Says John Kerry in Climate Refugees, “Climate change is on a complete collision course with civilization as we know it.”

So what do we do?

According to, The 2021 theme of Earth Day is "Restore Our Earth" and ''focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only way to address climate change.''

At TheArchive, we took some time to curate a list of content that we thought may help shed some light on the many issues plaguing the earth but also some that illuminate new issues that we find fascinating. One of them, “Big Sugar” delves into the cartels and calamities wreaking havoc on our planet. From polar bears to parks we hope this selection provides a deeper look into issues that, as a billion people strong participating in Earth Day, we can learn more about it, in an effort to effect change.

Here is our list of “Earth Day Docs” to check out:

This documentary elucidates what transpires when an overpopulated world, dwindling resources, and a shifting climate all collide-an intersection of humanity that many call the greatest challenge mankind will ever face. If an "Inconvenient Truth" depicted what causes climate change, this film illuminates the calamity that we kindle by continuing to facilitate climate change.

From its early days with ties to slavery, to modern times with its detrimental effects on the Everglades & political ties, "Big Sugar" explores the dark history and modern power of the world’s reigning sugar cartels. Big Sugar reveals how sugar was at the heart of slavery in the West Indies, while showing how present-day consumers are slaves to a sugar-based diet.

This unique adventure series showcases the voyage of two icebreakers with 100s of scientists aboard to study the ecology and underwater morphology of the high Arctic and the political and scientific challenges faced in the Arctic Seas. 

A six-part docusoap about the rich world around the fabled Niagara Falls, its quirky characters, the tourists, and the marriage industry.

Hosts Joe Penny and Alexandra Cousteau are as inquisitive as they come, and it is this mutual hunger for knowledge that fuels this documentary series surrounding true contemporary groundbreaking stories happening all around the world. Whether in the studio or on location, Joe and Alexandra are the first to get to the bottom of any good story. Experience their research alongside them through hundreds of unique and truly unforgettable stories, all featuring interviews with none other than bonafide experts.

The Josh Freed Collection.
From famed and offbeat documentarian Josh Freed, comes a trifecta of environmental pieces:

A comic adventure film follows four teams competing by motorcycle, dog sled, ultralights, and helicopters to reach the North Pole while weather, distance and light conditions create havoc.

On an expedition in Canada searching for a polar bear, a wealthy hunter discusses how the local Inuit people rely on guiding these hunting trips in order to keep their community alive. 

People around the world have taken to watching the weather as a newer and more exciting form of reality television, and the ones who report the weather have taken notice.

Stream free on Roku. Do it for the Earth!



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