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All The Best Movies And Documentaries To Watch On Earth Day

From Zac Efron's doc to Meghan Markle's Disney+ debut, here are the best new offerings to watch on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

1. She Walks with Apes

Mark Starowicz / BBC America

Sandra Oh narrates this deep dive into the lives of three women — Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas — who have dedicated their careers to living and working with the Great Apes.

It airs Wednesday, April 22 at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.

2. The Great Global Clean-Up

Discovery Channel

Zac Efron and Zach King are joined by Cody Simpson, Liza Koshy, Lil Dicky and other celebs to highlight "individuals and organizations that have made it their mission to help clean up our planet."

It premieres April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel.

3. Climate Change — The Facts


Sir David Attenborough hosts this documentary that presents facts about climate change, interviews experts in the field, and presents potential solutions to save the earth.

It airs Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

4. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Apple TV+

Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, Meryl Streep, Chris O’Dowd, Jacob Tremblay, and Ruth Negga all lend their voices to this story of a young boy learning about the wonders of our planet. Check out the trailer here.

It's now streaming on AppleTV+.

5. Elephant

Disney Nature

Elephant is the latest release from Disney Nature and it follows African elephant Shani and her son Jomo. Narrated by Meghan Markle, you'll fall in love with this movie with ease.

It's now streaming on Disney+.

6. Born Wild: The Next Generation

Andy Richter / National Geographic

Good Morning America's Robin Roberts hosts this hour-long special that looks at the beauty of our planet through the eyes of baby animals and their families.

It airs Wednesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel.

7. H20: The Molecule That Made Us


This three-part series from PBS is a visual journey that dives deep into the relationship human beings have with water — you know, what your body is mostly made up of!

It airs Wednesday, April 22, at 9:00 p.m. ET. on PBS and will be available to stream for free online after.

8. Jane Goodall: The Hope

Michael Haertlein / National Geographic/Michael Haertlein

This doc from National Geographic is the follow-up to 2017's JANE. Picking up where it left off, the movie follows Jane Goodall through three generations of advocacy work as she spreads her message of hope around the world.

It airs Wednesday, April 22, at 9:00 p.m. ET. on National Geographic.

9. The Best of Seven Worlds, One Planet

BBC America / BBC Studios

From BBC Studios Natural History Unit comes this special, which includes the highlights from their series Seven Worlds, One Planet. Each of the seven continents (aka "worlds" in the title) will be featured.

It airs Tuesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on BBC America.

10. Dolphin Reef

Disney Nature

Dolphin Reef follows Echo, a Pacific bottlenose dolphin, in his daily life in his coral reef home. Narrated by Natalie Portman, this underwater adventure is sure to please the whole family.

It's now streaming on Disney+.

11. Earth Day Live

Earth Day Live /

Celebrities, politicians, activists, and others have signed on for this three-day event. Scheduled programs include Joaquin Phoenix in conversation with Moby, Patricia Arquette in conversation with Robby Romero, and musical performances from Jason Mraz, Angélique Kidjo, Emily Wells, Aimee Man, and Ted Leo.

It airs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 22–24 on Earth Day Live's website.

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