Environment: Making it better wherever you are
Nature is Speaking
What if you suddenly heard booming voices coming out of the ocean, the soil, the rivers, and the forest, telling you to listen up? If our planet could cry out, begging us to stop destroying it, would we listen?
Conservation International has produced a series of one-minute films entitled, Nature is Speaking. I watched the first six. The last two are yet to be released. If I could blast these films on top of every mountain, every building, every town hall in America, I would. The theme is straightforward: Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.
Julia Roberts plays Mother Nature and what a voice she gives to the grand lady that we joke about, yet never take seriously, as she reminds us, “I have fed species greater than you. And I have starved species greater than you.” Harrison Ford’s voice booms from the depths of the oceans as he tells us, “I covered the entire planet once. I can always cover it again.” Kevin Spacey rings out of the rain forest and asks, “Can you make your own air?” Edward Norton growls about our disregard for the soil, “You treat me like dirt.” Penélope Cruz speaks for water, informing us that it takes 10,000 years for water to make its cycle from mountaintops to the oceans and back again, then poses the question, “Will they wage wars over me like they do over everything else?” Robert Redford and Lena Redford converse as old and young redwood trees. “Why do humans think they can use us up?” asks the young sapling. “I don’t know,” responds the old tree, “Maybe they don’t realize that nature is part of them and they are part of nature.”
Here is the Humanifesto from Conservation International:
Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist.
Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist.
The growing number of people on the planet and how we live here is going to determine the future of nature. And the future of us.
Nature will go on, no matter what. It will evolve. The question is, will it be with us or without us?
If nature could talk, it would probably say it doesn’t much matter either way.
We must understand there are aspects of how our planet evolves that are totally out of our control. But there are things that we can manage, control and do responsibly that will allow us and the planet to evolve together.
We are Conservation International and we need your help. Our movement is dedicated to managing those things we can control. Better.
Country by country. Business by business. Human by human. We are not about us vs. them.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an American, a Canadian or a Papua New Guinean. You don’t even have to be particularly fond of the ocean or have a soft spot for elephants.
This is simply about all of us coming together to do what needs to be done. Because if we don’t, nature will continue to evolve. Without us.
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Conservation International (CI) applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity and demonstrate that human societies can live harmoniously with nature. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents to help people find economic alternatives without harming their natural environments. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. Conservation International is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development - one that considers and values nature at every turn.
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