I just finished watching a documentary called ‘Home’. It’s a film about our home, not the roof over your head but the planet you live in, earth. I sat in my dark living room learning about our planets extraordinary beginnings, and its progression through its own life. Then came humans, you and I, and as the music and images build tension, you start to lose faith in the role of mankind. The film paints a gloomy picture of the effects of humans on the planet, and it builds up to a climax where you think the film couldn’t get any more depressing. But luckily there is a turning point in this film, as the good things that mankind has done, and can do are outlined, leaving you with a spark of hope in a dreary mind.
Here is some of the good and the bad, according to the film:
Over 50% of the grain traded around the world is used as livestock feed or biofuels.
13 million hectares of forest disappear every year.
100L of water produces 1kg of potatoes, 4000L produces 1kg of rice, 13000L produced 1kg of beef.
Since 1950, fishing catches have increased from 18 million to 100 million metric tonnes per year.
The average global temperature in the last 15 years is the highest on record.
1 in 10 rivers in the world no longer reach their delta’s for months at a time due to heavy irrigation.
95% of soybeans produced in Brazil are used to feed livestock and poultry in Europe and Asia.
3/4 of the varieties of crop developed through mankind’s history have been wiped out.
Antarctica has immense natural resources which no country can use for themselves.
2% of the worlds territorial waters are protected, not much, but thats 2 times more than 10 years ago.
13% of the continents of the world are covered in natural parks.
South Korea restored 65% of its depleted forests through reforestation.
The U.S, China, India, Germany and Spain are the biggest investors in renewable energy.
Although the dialogue and text may be a little rough around the edges, the imagery is stunning, and the message is important and clear. We must change.