In the past year, since I created this personal project and I have been more open and vocal about sustainability, one of the things that I always keep thinking is about ways to make more people aware of the magnitude of the environmental problems our planet is facing, and how we are all part of it – and we have a role to play.
Nathaniel Branden once said “The first step toward change is awareness”. I think people sometimes don’t get involved because they don’t know much about these topics beyond news they have seen here and there, but if they took the time to appreciate, learn and understand more, they would be more open to care and act.
Recently, I have been watching 2 documentary series on Netflix that I believe are truly amazing and everyone should watch them, so that’s the topic of my post today.
One Strange Rock
This National Geographic series hosted by Will Smith, presents the story of our planet and the life on it, through the lenses of a group of NASA astronauts. They share their experiences, perspectives and a deep appreciation for the planet earth.
“One Strange Rock explores the fragility and wonder of Planet Earth, one of the Strangest Places in the Entire Universe. Filmed across 45 countries, 6 continents and in outer space, this epic 10 part series tells the extraordinary story of Earth and the life on it.”
This is not precisely a sustainability documentary (although they do mention environmental problems in several sections of the series), but the reason why I include it here is because it teaches/reminds us so many important lessons:
- We take life on earth for granted, we forget how incredibly small we are in this vast universe.
- Life on this planet is a true miracle. Amazing events had to happen for us to be here today, for life to thrive on this planet.
- Everything in nature is interconnected.
- Our life in this planet is so fragile and it depends on the right conditions and balance.
- We live in a beautiful, complex, rich and amazing planet. This is our home and we must appreciate it and protect it.
This series is marvellous, interesting and mind blowing. Please, don’t take my word for it, here’s the trailer.
If you don’t have Netflix, you can borrow the DVDs or watch it online on Amazon.
If you have watched blue planet, frozen planet, planet earth and similar documentaries, you’ll love this series narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
The difference is that this time, this series has been made in collaboration with the conservation charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF), so they are not only showing the wonders of the natural world, but also raising awareness about how our planet is being threatened by climate change/human activity.
I haven’t finished all the episodes, but what I have watched so far it has been more than enough for me to recommend it.
I really love the fact that this documentary presents an urgent call to take action. They put together a website with information, a message from Sir David Attenborough and a “What can I do?” link with practical tips.
Please watch this WWF video from “Our Planet”:
“What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.”- David Attenborough
That’s it for today. Please talk about these documentaries to your friends and family, share the videos, spread the message. What we really need is more people to be aware of these issues and be involved. There is hope if we have the commitment and the courage to act.
Thanks for reading,