WE ARE NATURE, Considerations on the Antropocene – Video

PRODUCED FOR FILM 4 CLIMATE 2016 COMPETITION by

Filmes Sombra

Lisboa, Portugal

Art / Audiovisual / Anthropology production company focused on what is seen and unseen.

Sombra means Shadow. It relates with shadowing a film subject and the unconscious mind.

Shooting and editing at a professional level since 2013.

João Meirinhos Filmmaker, Editor, Anthropologist
www.cinemadudesert.org | +351918183662 |

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“Why is climate change a problem?
When was the last you heard of a year not breaking a climate record?
And also because… lets be honest!

We, as a species, tend to struggle to see the bigger picture!

But all of these are symptoms of the same disease: The biggest challenge our species will have to face in the coming decades is man-made climate change.

But why worry?
Why worry about climate change? What’s the problem?
Is it the polar bears that are going extinct?

Yes sure the polar bears are going extinct and they probably will and that’s reall sad… but it’s not just about the polar bears.

We have to stop with this human-saviour complex that we have of thinking we are separate from nature and that it is our job to save nature from this impeding doom of climate change… We Are Nature!

We live inside this eco-system. So we should be acting because we want to save ourselves.

This is what it’s likely to happen in the coming decades. Resources will become more scarce. There will be less water; there will be less food. As temperatures rise, desertification is going to advance, meaning there’s going to be less land for agriculture.

But what really worries me are the communities that subsist on the produce of the land alone. And as soon as the climate starts to change to the point that they can no longer rely on the land they’ve cultivated for generations because it is not enough to sustain them… then this people will just have to leave. So we will start seeing climate driven migration, or Climate Refugees.

Sure we can carry on trying to recycle more and drive less and get less flights but that’s not it. This is not going to lead us to better our society and to adapt to climate change and to reduce it. What we need is more education about climate change and I’m going to call it Climate Education, we need more of it!

Because education gives people the tools to distinguish between good and useful choices for them… and negative ones… and this isn’t easy in a world where media are managed by organizations that have opposite interest of those of people. But… there are positive examples we can look at…

What can we do with all this information?
How to act upon it?

Our way of helping out… was to travel!
To travel and to share! To share the magic of cinema with people.
To provide free access to culture.
Because we believe education is, a pillar for human dignity.

We connected with populations that had never seen the moving image before in their lives. Some people had never seen the ocean before and the animals that live there. Other had never seen Alice in Wonderland or Charlie Chaplin before, thing we take for granted.

We provided a good experience I hope.
We’ve been doing it since 2009.
We’ve travelled more than 20 countries in continents… more than 100.000kms so far and we will keep on doing it because even if we change one persons’ life for the better, we believe it’s worth the effort.

Since we consume resources from all over the world and we call it globalization… we are all in the same boat here, and the boat, is the planet Earth.

If we really want to stop climate change, we have to start changing ourselves.”

Author:

The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.

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