Today is Earth Day. This year’s campaign is all about environmental and climate literacy. Historically people have “celebrated” Earth Day simply by shutting off their lights in the evenings, perhaps playing a board game rather than watching TV, which requires electricity. The Earth actually needs us to do more. This year there is a March For Science in Washington, DC, a rally and teach-in to defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world. Is it crazy sad that such a rally is necessary? Yes it is.
In 2012, Nature published a study led by more than 20 researchers from the top scientific institutions in the world predicting that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. Like, extinction! But it also said that it could be avoided by drastically changing our way of life if we take appropriate measures right now. Scientists are always telling us this and we’re always not listening. Well, listening maybe, but not really willing to change our lifestyle. But a bunch of French film makers got together and decided to try to rattle our cages a bit.
Tomorrow is a documentary that doesn’t just hit us over the head with the problem but rather offers solutions. For the coming food shortage, they explore urban agriculture, microfarming, and permaculture. As to our reliance on fossil fuels, they visit places that are moving successfully toward renewable resources, cities declaring themselves carbon neutral. They also tackle some of the big things holding us back: economy and government. Since democracy runs on the steam of big business, how can we ever move away from consumerism?
There are lots of important questions to consider in this work by Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent, but the greatest takeaway is that of hope. If the documentary is a little too ambitious to keep laser focus, it at least presents viable solutions , things you and I can do in our very own communities that will make a difference.
Tomorrow is in theatres in New York and L.A. in time for Earth Day, and a wider release will follow. It’s required viewing for those of us who want to leave this planet in better condition than we found it.
Good idea to have a movie with solutions rather than harping on the problems we already know all about.
I agree. People get too stunned, they need hope.
I sometimes think the way the world is, extinction doesn’t seem such a bad thing.
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Maybe not. But it seems a little cruel for us to enjoy the benefits and leave the fire and brimstone to another generation.
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True, but all the solutions to the earths diminishing resources aren’t going to mean a thing if you don’t have the governmental will to pursue these solutions. Unfortunately people of all generations are voting in people who don’t give a rat’s arse about conservation (with the possible exception of your wondrous Mr.Trudeau) and either seem hell bent on reversing what progress has been made, or playing with bombs that will do even more damage, and dictatorships abound where personal profit comes way ahead of doing any good for the planet or the people living on it. Still, we live in hope that films like this can make a difference.
Agree with the first comment (and the second too for that matter! ;)). Thanks for the heads up about this movie I will def check it out. Have a great weekend.
This one sounds good. I’m also in agreement with the first two comments; sometimes we really need a reset button (and it’s not just the state of the Earth that’s concerning).