How to boost my positive impact? Step1: LEARN - Gather Knowledge

Morgane Soret @ 2022-02-23 16:04:16 +0000

When it comes to sustainability, we are all on a different path, a different journey. And it is ok! It is a continuous leaning curve about understanding our impact, understanding the current challenges we are facing, understanding where we can take actions.

The common point is that at some point we all got a wake-up call. It can be a documentary we watched, a song we listen to, a friend at a dinner party, a podcast, a YouTube video, a TikTok, a brand. What was your wake-up call? Are you still looking for a wake-up call?

The very first step to boost your positive impact on our planet is to learn, gather knowledge. Indeed, knowledge is the key, images & words are powerful. This week we invite you to gather even more knowledge and we pulled out for you the TOP 7 MUST WATCH documentary on sustainability to learn about climate change and circular economy.

Just before listing the NOICE team selection, we’d like to give a clear definition of the word sustainability, climate change & circular economy.


Sustainability - Definition from the McGill university

“Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources. Sustainability is not just environmentalism. Embedded in most definitions of sustainability we also find concerns for social equity and economic development.”

Climate change - Definition from NASA

“Climate change is a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth's local, regional and global climates.” To go deeper in this definition we interpret Climate Change from the discussion with Dennis Meadows in this podcast as a symptom of the limit of growth we are reaching.

Circular economy - Definition from the Ellen MacArthur foundation

The circular economy is a systems solution framework that tackles global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution.



We gather some of our team #sustainability wake-up call content for you to watch, listen & share 👀

Positive impact solution to sustainability

#1 - “A Life On Our Planet” by David Attenborough 🪐


 Available on Netflix 


To rediscover the urgency of why our choices matter. Grab some organic pop corns, sit tight, listen, watch and do not loose hope! Solutions are here.

In his 93 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of the planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. But during his lifetime, Attenborough has also seen first-hand the monumental scale of humanity's impact on nature.

#2 - "A Sustainable Mind" by Marjorie Alexander 👂— Available wherever you listen to your podcasts

To get key insights to questioning and providing solutions with the way we see our everyday lives.

A Sustainable Mind started out as Marjorie master’s thesis project to expand the sustainability conversation to include everyone. Anyone, from a middle school student to a retiree, and everyone that is not necessarily educated on the topics at hand should be able to listen with ease. “It is the responsibility of all of us to improve this place we call home so we must all be present at the table.”

#3 - "The Story of Stuff" based on the book by Annie Leonard 📖📽️ — Available on YouTube


An Emmy winning online film which unleashed a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture. Their team continues to generate conversations and enact change. Find the documentary online and read more about this powerful and inspiring team!

#4 - “Before the flood” presented by National Geographic & narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio 😍 — Available on YouTube

It features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

In this documentary, we learn that information is key, climate change is real, there are solutions, and we have the power! 💪

#5 - “The Naked Arctic Adventure” by Paula Miquelis & Stephanie L Dickson 💚 — Available on YouTube


Green Is The New Black founders Steph L Dickson and Paula Miquelis went on a life-changing expedition to the Arctic Circle to witness the effects of climate change firsthand. The mission was led by Robert Swan, one of the world’s greatest living explorers, and his son Barney Swan, through the 2041 Foundation aboard the National Geographic Explorer. They joined 80 youth ambassadors and sustainability leaders from around the globe who together worked towards solutions to mitigate the greatest threat that our planet faces – the imminent climate catastrophe. This is the story two women and their journey, immersed in the beautiful Arctic landscape with adventurers, leaders, and change-makers from all over the world, they seek to answer 1 question: is there anything we as individuals can do about climate change? Educating the audience as the documentary unfolds, the accessible narrative tackles the climate crisis from a macro and micro perspective, empowering viewers to take action.

#6 - “8 Billion Angels” by Victor Velle 😇 Available here


Today, humanity’s demand for resources vastly exceeds nature’s ability to supply them. Food, water, climate and extinction emergencies are unfolding before our eyes. 8 Billion Angels tells the truth about the conflict between the size of our global population and the sustainability of our planet. It dispels the misperceptions that technology can save us, that reducing consumption is the answer, and that the blame lies solely in the developing world.

With passion, humility, and honesty, experts explain the indisputable connection between our environmental catastrophes, unsustainable population and increasing consumption. The consequences to humanity and the planet are laid bare if we do not quickly and dramatically alter our current population and consumption trajectories. But remember we got the power ;)

#7 - “My Octopus Teacher” by Pippa Ehrlich & James Reed 🐙 — Available on Netflix


To seize the infinite beauty of nature.

How many of those ressources have you listen/watched? Do you recommend other wake-up call ressources for our team to listen/watch/read? We love learning at NOICE and at Re.Fresh. Let us know! And in our next blog we will share with you concrete impactful and positive solutions that we can implement in our daily lives. Because yes, sustainability can be FUN & EASY and because yes we have the power to create the world we want for us and for our children.

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