The picture of the earth with its hues of blue and white is a gem hanging in the majesty of space. Humans and other fauna and flora inhabit the only living world in our solar system as far as we know in 2013.
Today humans are referred to as Homo sapiens. Homo sapiens mean wise human.
A number of people may debate the wisdom of humans. Many people will debate the concept of origins.
However, the earth is our home. This is where we were born. This is where we live, work, play and survive. This is where we will die.
Since humans first watched the night skies, the question always has been: where do I belong? Where did I come from? What is my destiny? Why do I feel the tug of the stars which beckon me? Is this all there is of life?
As humans spread across the earth, they took with them their tales, oral and eventually written. As cultures developed in many parts of the globe, these stories became their religious belief system. The vast arrays of cultures on this planet traversing the cosmos all have the basic core of origins as their centre of their religious belief.
It has not been two centuries since the theory of evolution arose to challenge these origin stories. The great debate of origins came into full play on this earthen stage.
Today, the camps of belief, both religious and non-religious, are very precise. For thousands of years religion and science were the same glove directing and affirming the special creation of the world, life in all its diversity and humans to watch over and care for this living world.
For millennia humans were in harmony with their environs. The ecosystem was in balance for the most part except in small sections on the globe.
The ecosystem of the biosphere is fragile as we know. Life is as delicate as butterfly wings.
As humans gained more knowledge and applied it to their survival, they began to alter their environs. From the simple huts to the futuristic skyscrapers of Dubai humans have evolved as masters of their milieu.
In the brilliant film, HOME, the question is asked: “at what price have humans evolved as masters of their milieu?” This film presents the planet in all of its beauty and the changes that humans are bringing to it.
A description of the film is listed below. If you have an interest in what is transpiring on this orb hanging in space and where we are heading, then take time to watch and reflect on the film.
Many will embrace its message. Many will disregard the message.
However, what is undeniable is that we, the home sapiens of 2013, have affected our home to a disturbing point of reality. This disruption is not wise.
What is happening on the climatic scale is unprecedented. Our biosphere is damaged; what the future holds for the next two generations is a realm with too many unknown factors. Survival will become a struggle as food and fresh water cease to be available to a growing world population; we are running out of time.
As the film says we have shaped the earth into our image. Unfortunately, the image is a shadow of the dark night to come unless we come together to save the planet and the humans who suffer daily without food and fresh water.
I will leave you with this question. Regardless of what you believe about the origins of this planet and its life forms, what are you doing to help the environment and those fellow travellers in need? As you look at your children what are your hopes for their future and their children? Only you can answer these questions.
G. D. Williams © 2013
Internationally renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes his feature directorial debut with this environmentally conscious documentary produced by Luc Besson, and narrated by Glenn Close. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, Home presents the many wonders of planet Earth from an entirely aerial perspective. As such, we are afforded the unique opportunity to witness our changing environment from an entirely new vantage point. In our 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has hopelessly upset Mother Nature’s delicate balance. Some experts claim that we have less than ten years to change our patterns of consumption and reverse the trend before the damage is irreversible. Produced to inspire action and encourage thoughtful debate, Home poses the prospect that unless we act quickly, we risk losing the only home we may ever have.