Not just a single video, Nature Is Speaking is a whole series of short videos that are actually a public awareness campaign attempting to make young people realize that drastic action must be taken to save the human species. Speaking through top Hollywood talent and visually gorgeous cinematography, the individual videos convey the message that nature, in all her magnificence, doesn’t really give a damn whether the human race survives, and in fact might prefer it didn’t.
Nature doesn’t need people. But we rely on a health ecosystem for food, our water, health and life. When we continuously take more from nature than nature can give, we weaken the earth’s ability to provide what we need.
Julia Roberts, speaking as Mother Nature, issues an almost hostile challenge: “I don’t really need people, but people need me… I have fed species greater than you and I have starved species greater than you. I’m prepared to evolve. Are you?”
In other words, we’ve created a crisis and we need solutions. The mission of series producer Conservation International (CI) is “moving entire societies toward a healthier, more sustainable development path—so that we don’t use up today what we’re going to need tomorrow.”
M. Sanjayan, CI’s senior scientist, notes that the series isn’t necessarily calculated to brighten your day. “The ocean is angry, Edward Norton is edgy, Kevin Spacey drips with sarcasm,” he notes, but in the suddenly popular culture of anger and sarcasm, maybe this is just the approach our planet needs to seize attention from the generation that is going to inherit it. #NatureIsSpeaking, Conservation International
This article is a part of the Relationships 2016 issue of Whole Life Times.