7 Best Videos About the Environment

Meaghan Weeden | December 2, 2020 | 6 min read

7 Great Videos About Nature and the Environment

For most of us, nature and trees live in the background of our lives, quietly filtering our air, stabilizing our soils, cleaning our water, moderating temperatures, providing habitat for wildlife, and more. We may not get outside as much as we'd like, and perhaps the closest we come is spending time with our furry friends. And that's understandable — we're busy, after all.

Still, study after study has proven the positive benefits we get from spending time in nature. But we don't need a study to tell us that we feel better when we can get outside. The good news? Even just looking at nature scenes and watching environment videos can have positive effects like reducing stress, boosting feel-good emotions like awe and wonder, and increasing energy. So the next time your boss wants to know why you're watching baby elephant videos on repeat, tell them that you're boosting employee morale. Without further ado....

Here's 7 of Our Favorite Environment Videos:

1. "Nature can repair our broken climate", say Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot.

In this inspiring tongue-in-cheek video, climate activist Greta Thunberg teams up with British writer and activist George Monbiot to encourage viewers to protect, restore, and fund nature — especially trees. If you haven’t been following Ms. Thunberg, we recommend that you start doing so!

2. How Trees Talk

Narrated by pioneering ecologist Suzanne Simard, this video explains how trees communicate via vast root systems, mycorrhizal networks, and chemical messages to protect and support each other against the many threats they face. After watching this, one can’t help but reflect on the power of community and the tragedy of competition-based forestry. In nature, there truly is so much more than meets the eye, and we have more in common with trees than we might think. 

3. Biodiversity Explained

Ever wondered what, exactly, biodiversity is — or why it's so important? Well, there's a video for that! Watch and you'll learn what biodiversity is, why protecting biodiversity is important, and how planting trees and restoring habitats and native species is central to our collective effort to preserve Earth's biodiversity. Prepare to be inspired in a big way!

4. Elegy for the Arctic

Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). With the beautiful composition and incredible, almost eerie setting, this video is guaranteed to give you chills!

5. The Beauty of Pollination

If you're familiar with the work of acclaimed cinematographer, director and producer Louie Schwartzberg, then you'll know you're in for a treat. This video, clipped from his "Wings of Life" film with Meryl Streep, uses high-end time-lapse cinematography to capture the magic of pollination, which we don't typically get to see in such intricate detail. Enjoy!

6. Jane Goodall Releases Chimp

Get the tissues ready, because this beautiful video of a female chimp that was rescued and is now being released back into the wild is guaranteed to bring you to tears. Her gratitude to her rescuers, and awe at finding herself back in the forest is further proof (as if we needed any) that animals are conscious, emotional beings. Sorry not sorry!
If you feel inspired, you can also check out our partnership with Jane Goodall and help plant trees for chimpanzees.

7. How tall can a tree grow?

If you’ve ever wondered what stops trees from stretching endlessly towards the sky, then Plant Genetics Researcher Valentin Hammoudi is your guy. In this fun video produced by TEDx, he shares some of his findings. A fascinating watch! 

And one bonus one, just because we mentioned baby elephants a while back...enjoy this adorable clip of a little guy throwing a tantrum:

We hope you enjoyed these videos, and perhaps learned a thing or two. Just want to plant a tree? Choose where yours is planted today!

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As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. For Treecember, we're planting trees that support a global forest fire recovery fund. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Reforest lands damaged by record-setting fires
  • Support healthy habitat for iconic biodiversity
  • Plant tree species that will help reduce future fire impact
  • This holiday season, we’re planting trees in areas around the world that have been severely affected by forest fires and aren't able to recover a healthy ecosystem on their own. The most common naturally-caused wildfires occur during droughts or dry weather, and under these circumstances, trees and other vegetation are converted to flammable fuel. Human-caused forest fires can be a result of various activities like unregulated slash and burn agriculture, equipment failure or engine sparks, and discarded cigarettes.

    After wildfires, reforestation is essential in areas where the fire intensity burned off available seed supply within the soil, and/or where there are not enough healthy trees still growing and producing new seeds nearby. Reforestation starts once professional assessments have been made to determine where human intervention would be the most ecologically beneficial. Help restore these vital ecosystems by planting a tree. 🌿
  • Every year, forest fires are increasing in size and severity, damaging vital ecosystems and creating a need for millions of trees. Some major consequences of forest fires include significant loss of wildlife, loss of vegetation, soil erosion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    With so much fire damage, reforestation is essential to catalyze the environmental recovery process. The trees are carefully planted to prevent invasive species from colonizing burn scars and restore quality habitat for native biodiversity. One Tree Planted is connecting with on-the-ground partners to establish viable reforestation projects when the recently affected regions are ready for planting. This fund will contribute to planting projects in British Columbia, Idaho, Ghana, Portugal, and beyond. Let's get to work! 🌲
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partners on the ground will determine the most appropriate species of tree and shrubs. We only plant native tree species that will restore the local ecosystem, re-establish wildlife habitat, and reduce the likelihood of future fires.

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