When Ciara asked for a documentary to show for a Heart to Heart event, there was only one that I felt would be perfect, Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s breathtaking doc, Home. This movie was simultaneously released on June 5th, 2009 in theaters around the world, DVD/Blu-ray, television and on YouTube opening in 181 countries. The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet. The film sticks to the theme of how all organisms and the Earth are linked in a “crucial and delicate balance“. What a beautiful truth; that we are are intricately connected and if one species is harmed, it will affect all the others.
Even while 80% of the world’s resources are being used by only 20% of the population, everyone and everything will have to bear the impact.
Home highlights the story of humans and our planet, from the origin of single-celled algae cells, to the current state of humans and countries across the globe, and showing the drastic climate changes of the present. It portrays the current problems regarding factory farms, deforestation, food and water shortages, the use of non-renewable “fossil water”, the over-quarrying crisis and the shortage of energy, namely electricity.
The majority of the documentary has a human-oriented scope, showing the agricultural revolution, harnessing of oil, formation of industry, creation of mega-cities and the largest rich-poor gap ever. The degrading impacts of our past are touched on and how every human, whether from a developed or third-world country, will be affected in the future.
From Social Earth.org
The images alone are worth the watch! It is absolutely stunning and I’m not sure any other documentaries have captured our amazing home in this way. But there is more. The film delivers alarming statistics about climate change and how quickly it is transforming our beautiful planet into a place that will be uninhabitable. This is our only home after all.
There is hope of course and the last few minutes display the harsh facts in large white text on a black background followed by a video representation of the fact. It then goes into what we are doing now to reverse these effects including renewable energy, the creation of more national parks, international co-operation between various nations on environmental issues and education and reform by governments around the world. It gives us 10 years to turn around our damaging ways, switching to renewable resources from fossil fuels. Only then will we be able to avoid the worst of climate change.
This is how the planet has changed in my lifetime.
Glenn Close does a beautiful job with the English language narration, Salma Hayek voices the Spanish version and other ecology-minded actors contribute the French and other language editions. You can find them all on YouTube for free. The film was financed by PPR, a French multinational holding company specializing in retail shops and luxury brands.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand said in a TED talk that the movie has no copyright:
“This film have no copyright. On the fifth of June, the environmental day, everyone can download the movie on Internet. The film is given for free to the distributor for TV and theater to show it the five of June. There is no business on this movie. It is available for schools, cities, NGOs and you.”
So in honor of that, the movie is featured here. (I suggest plugging into a larger screen to really take in the gorgeous images.) And in the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting environmental organizations you can volunteer with that are working on making big change for our planet not to mention things you can do at home to make a difference. It’s not too late. Watch and then let’s get to work!
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