Good reading to all. Chilly days down here in the wide flatlands, which invite you to relax a little bit and enjoy a good documentary.
I love movies, but there is something about documentaries that is different to the stories told in action, drama, science fiction films… in documentaries, the stories told are emotively real. Documentaries are loaded with images that impact your thoughts and leave you clinging to them. But documentaries are mainly loaded with information – information worth being listened to, accepted, processed and stimulated for action.
The Ecoportal.net website, quoted several times on these newsletters, contains tons of environmental information, as well as a section with several documentaries to enjoy any given day we decide to know what’s going on between the planet and us.
In this website, I found a documentary produced by Bill McGibben, an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. The first time I heard McKibben speaking was in The 11th hour, another strong environmental documentary, in which I felt comfortable with the serenity of his speech, being able to transmit concepts of change to everybody.
This new documentary is called: “Do the math – the fossil fuels industry is killing us” – where it invites us to DO THE MATH, and make the calculations necessary to come to realize that our extractive and unnatural ways of living are making it very unlikely for us to perpetuate our lives through time and space. You can watch it here, if you have 44 minutes available in your day.
And if you do not have that ¾ of an hour, you can watch another documentary of only 13 minutes (a cup of coffee, or tea, just a pause), with the same philosophy, but filmed 24 years ago (1989) by Jorge Furtado, a Brazilian scriptwriter and director, called “La Isla de las flores” (The Flower Island), which analyses human social evolution from its highly developed brain and opposable thumbs, to the malformation of our culture.
“There is no economic problem… what exists, is a moral problem” – E. F. Schumacher.
“I want people to learn. I want them to understand things. I want them to be able to go through our world and enjoy the universe.” – Isaac Asimov.
It will be until next week.
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