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Fun & Inspiration

Lists of music, movies, and more to inspire and motivate for sustainability efforts.



Action movies


  • Soylent Green (1973)-Richard Fleischer
  • The China Syndrome (1979)-James Bridges
  • The Day after Tomorrow (2004)-Rolland Emmerich




  • Chinatown (1974)-Roman Polanski
  • Erin Brockovich (2000)-Steven Soderbergh
  • Whale Rider (2002)- Niki Caro
  • There will be Blood (20017)-Paul Thomas Anderson


Science Fiction Movies


  • Children of Man (2006)-Alfonso Cuaron
  • Avatar (2009)-James Cameron
  • The Road (2009)-John Hillcoat


Animated Movies


  • Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)-Bill Kroyer
  • Wall-E (2006)-Andrew Stanton
  • 9 (2009)-Tim Burton
  • The Lorax (2012) Christ Renaud, Kyle Balda


Indie Flims


  • Koyoanisqats: Life out of Balance (1983)-Godfrey Reggio
  • Fuel (2008)-Josh Tickell
  • The Garden (2008)-Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Gasland (2010)-Josh Fox, Steve Liptay




  • Winged Migration (2001)-Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Micheal Debats
  • Thirst (2004)-Alan Snitow, Deborah Kaofman
  • An Inconvienient Truth (2006)-David Guggenheim
  • A Snowmobile for George (2008)-Todd Darling
  • Crude (2009)-Joe Berlinger
  • Garbage Dreams (2009)-Mal Iskander
  • No Impact Man (2009)- Louie Psihoyos


TV Shows


  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990)-Ted Turner
  • Style of the Planet (2000)-BBC Natural History Unit
  • Blue Earth (2001); Planet Earth (2006); Frozen Earth (2011)-BBC National History Unit
  • Wild Chronicles (2005)-PBS
  • Big Ideas for a Small Planet (2007)-Sundance TV
  • Saving PLanet Earth (2007)-BBC Natural History Unit
  • Food, Inc (2008)-Robert Kenner
  • Renovation Nation (2008)-Destination America
  • Stuff Happens (2008)-Destination America
  • Carbon Cops (2009)-Sundance Channel
  • Eco Company (2009)-Broadcast Syndication
  • Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living (2009)-Sundance Channel
  • Poisoned Waters (2009)-Rick Young
  • Nature (2017)-PBS




Songs about Water


  • Cesspools in Eden by Dean Kennedys
  • Diamonds in the Water by Enya
  • Dirty Water by Standells
  • Don’t Go Near the Water by Beach Boys
  • Don’t Go Near the Water by Johnny Cash
  • Down by the River by Albert Hammand
  • New World Water by Mos Def
  • Poison in the Well by 10,000 Maniacs
  • Roll on Columbia by Woody Guthrie
  • Somewhere Down the Crazy River by Robbie Robertson
  • Ten Second News by Son Volt’s
  • Thank God for the TVA by Drive-By-Truckers
  • Trouble in the Water by Common & Malik Yusef
  • Uncle Frank by Drive-By-Truckers


Songs about Animals


  • Buffalo Return to the Plains by Jimmy LaFave
  • Cows with Guns by Dana Lyons
  • Don’t Kill the Whale by Yes
  • Dragonfly by Ziggy Marley
  • Farewell to Tarwathie by Judy Collins
  • Grazing in the Grass by The Friends of Distinction
  • Greenland Whale Fisheries by Peter, Paul, & Mary
  • Have to Have a Habitat by Bill Oliver
  • Last Great American Whale by Lou Reed
  • Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer
  • Songs of the Humpback Whale by Roger Payne
  • The Lone Rhinoceros by Adrian Belew
  • Whale Song by Pearl Jam


Songs about Air


  • Air from Hair, The Musical
  • Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan
  • Carbon Monoxide by Cake
  • Moon Over Marin by Dead Kennedys
  • Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
  • The Air that I Breathe by Albert Hammond
  • The Air that I Breathe by Hollies, BeeGees, k.d.lang
  • Why You’d Want to Live Here by Death Cab for Cutie


Songs about Climate Change


  • Another Way to Die by Disturbed
  • Four Degrees by Anohni
  • I Need to Wake Up by Melissa Ethridge
  • Kyoto Now! by Bad Religion
  • Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) by Marvin Gaye
  • Purple Rain by Prince
  • S.O.S. (Mother Nature) by Will.I.Am
  • Scottish Rain by The Silencers


Songs about Planetary Destruction


  • Burning Too by Fugazi
  • Collapse by Rise Against
  • Death of Mother Nature Suite by Kansas
  • Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire
  • Fire and Rain by James Taylor
  • It’s the End of the World as We Know it by REM
  • Throwing Stones by Grateful Dead
  • Watch it Die by Bad Religion


Songs about Pollution/Contamination


  • A Day in the Life of a Tree by Beach Boys
  • A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan
  • A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Joan Baez
  • Bright Lights, Big City
  • Monkey Gone to Heaven by Pixies
  • Pollution by Tom Lehrer
  • Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  • Spring Wind by Greg Brown
  • The New Pollution by Beck
  • We Can Run by Grateful Dead
  • Where Do the Children Play by Cat Stevens


Songs about Nature


  • (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads
  • A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals
  • After the Gold Rush by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton
  • After the Gold Rush by Neil Young
  • Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Beautiful Day by U2
  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Donovan
  • Daylight by Coldplay
  • Garden Song by John Denver
  • Here Comes the Sun y Richie Havens
  • Morning Dew by Grateful Dead
  • Mother Nature’s Son by The Beatles
  • Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Peace of the Wild Things by Crooked Still
  • Redwood Tree by Van Morrison
  • Staring at the Sun by TV in the Radio
  • Sun Giant by Fleet Foxes
  • Sun is Shining by Bob Marley
  • The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys
  • Where have all the Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger
  • Where have all the Flowers Gone by Peter, Paul, and Mary


Songs about Land/Land Rights


  • Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows (also Joni Mitchell)
  • Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell (also Counting Crows)
  • Billy From the Hills by Greg Brown
  • Cuyahoga by REM
  • Dark as a Dungeon by Dolly Parton
  • If a Tree Falls in the Forest by Bruce Cockburn
  • Little Boxes by Pete Seeger
  • Mining for Gold by Cowboy Junkies
  • Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
  • My City was Gone by The Pretenders
  • Natural Beauty by Neil Young
  • Novia Scotia by Dean Magraw
  • Paradise (Mr. Peabody’s Coal Train) by John Prine
  • Rocky Top by The Osbourne Brothers
  • Seminole Wind by John Anderson
  • Sixteen Tons by Johnny Cash
  • The Landscape is Changing
  • The Last Spike by Cowboy Junkies
  • There Goes the Mountain by Tom Paxton
  • This Land is Your Land by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie


Songs about Consumerism/Corporate Greed


  • Garbage by Pete Seeger
  • Industrial Disease by Dire Straits
  • The Revolution Will Not be Televised by Gill Scott Heron
  • Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd
  • Worn Out American Dream by Jimmy LaFave
  • Song for a Dying Planet by Joe Walsh


Songs about Recycling/Plastic


  • Canned Goods
  • Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
  • The 3 R’s by Jack Johnson


Songs about the World


  • Back to the Earth by Jason Mraz
  • City of Dreams by Talking Heads
  • Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel
  • Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel
  • Earth Blues by Jimi Hendrix
  • Earth Song by Michael Jackson
  • Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen
  • Going Home by Jimmy LaFave
  • Gracias a la Vida by Joan Baez
  • Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle
  • I Will be Your Friend by Sade
  • In the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
  • Lavender by Ray LaMontagne
  • Let’s Go Forward
  • Look Out Any Window by Bruce Hornsby
  • Love is the Seventh Wave by Sting
  • Love Song to the Earth by Paul McCartney (and many others)
  • Miles Away by Basia
  • Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth by Neko Case
  • One Sweet World by Dave Matthews Band
  • Out in the Country by Three Dog Night
  • Planet Earth by Duran Duran
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2
  • Small World by Huey Lewis & The News
  • Tango Habanera (Youkali) by Kurt Weill
  • The World’s Green Laughter by B-52s
  • This Time by INXS
  • Till I Die by Beach Boys
  • We Are the People by John Mellencamp
  • What a Wonderful World
  • When Tomorrow Comes by Eurythmics
  • Why Worry by Dire Straits
  • Yellow by Coldplay
  • You Oughta be in Audubon by Bill Oliver
  • You’re the Voice by John Farnha