Saturday, April 20

Earth Day 2013



Earth Day is celebrated just once every year but that doesn’t mean on that day you decide to pick up a piece of trash, say Happy Earth Day and it’s over. That’s the problem with people’s attitudes about the Earth. However immediate action is not always the answer because before action must come understanding.

From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative.

While there are some groups like “The Overview Institute” spreading the astronauts word about the overview and this need to have a united planetary society I still feel like they are trying to sell space travel more than the ideas behind this exciting effect. Make no mistake they do have a lot of good information to read there.

The group I want to recommend are the “Planetary Collective” the people who brought us the short film “Overview.” They are in the process of making a full length film about the Overview Effect called “Continuum” and this is what they have to say about it.

“The planet is in crisis. The root of the environmental and social crises facing humanity is the misperception that we are separate-from each other, the planet, and the cosmos as a whole. The solution to this crisis can be found in an emerging worldview that points to our interdependence.

The CONTINUUM feature-length documentary will explore this worldview, weaving together perspectives and ideas from some of the key theorists and thinkers in the fields of cosmology, environmentalism, sustainability, social theory, anthropology, and systems dynamics, telling the story of where we have come from, where we are now, and the possibilities for our future.

Featuring TALKING HEAD INTERVIEWS with key experts, stylish and clear MOTIONGRAPHICS, and an innovative VISUAL NARRATIVE the film frames our planetary crisis in a unique way, at the same time showing how awesome our planet is.

Using cutting-edge cinematography and techniques like time lapse, slow motion, and macro- photography, we will build a visual narrative that emphasizes the beauty and complexity of the natural world, the relationship between humanity and the environment, and the inspiring organizations and projects appearing around the world to confront and transform our current planetary crises.”

My hope is when this comes out and people see it at the movies that we will finally have the full awareness it will take for us to bring this new united planetary society to a global reality. 

When I discovered The Overview Effect it was like a door opened in my mind that had previously only been opened a crack and with it came a flood of realization that the Earth was much more than I ever imagined it was. It gave me a new understanding and feeling about the ground I walk on and the world I live in that I’m anxious to share with everyone.

“On the outside, in-between all of us and everything else.” Chris Hadfield

You can start as I did by learning about it. Watching just two videos completely changed my way of thinking about how I look at everything and one of those was “Overview.” Still, the Overview Effect is all fine and well for the astronauts that have experienced it but what about us Earth bound terrestrials?

“We may not be astronauts, and have not yet experienced our planet from space but we are human beings and as such can relate to each other all the experiences that man finds there.” Bekkie Sanchez

The great thing is that anyone can learn about The Overview Effect and once enough people do perhaps we can then demand that the government stop it’s control when it comes to the environment and we can start in earnest to do what really needs to be done to rejuvenate our planet and it’s resources.

I don’t have all the answers to tell you how to start an international planetary society to protect the Earth but it’s imperative that we start to try. I urge you to take the time to learn more about the astronauts point of view and each other. I feel that if more people could find the “Overview” within themselves, then together we can start to create a cleaner and healthier world for everyone.

Earth becomes what it has been since the beginning of time, a small planet with it’s own atmosphere hanging in space with a star warming it’s surface. A planet subject to meteors, the sun dying or even a catastrophe on the surface of the planet like a super volcano. Not to mention climate changes or acid rain.

Mother Earth isn’t called “mother” because she gave birth to us, she’s called that because without her we would all perish.


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The Overview Effect refers to learning firsthand, the reality of the Earth in space from the astronaut's point of view.Thanks for stopping by; your comments are greatly appreciated and may your view be an Overview.