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Posted 07 November 2016 21:37

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Its free to watch on Leo's Facebook Page [url=https://www.facebook.com/LeonardoDiCaprio/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf][/url]

What do you think of the film?
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Posted 09 November 2016 19:05

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This film is also available on Youtube.

What a powerful message. The video was so smart on many points.

I like how this film addresses the issue of conflicting opinions that the average person (like me) is subjected to. Being not particularly deep in the science of it all, and having neither the time nor the attention span to connect the dots on who's saying what. This film compile the facts for me.

I like how this film show the environmental damage around the world, and what has been done about it by other countries. Sometimes I hear words like "well China is the biggest polluter in the world", as if that excuse our culpability. We unload the manufacturing and the pollution it entails on China, then turn around point fingers and say words to the effects of 'you've got to fix this pollution mess we've collective made over the last 200 years.' All the while being be big polluters ourselves.

The problems just seem insurmountable, that it tires me out after thinking about it for 10 minutes! I like that this video spells out that there are effective alternate choices we can make that will change the course of our future.

I think the film is a bit long for deniers, but great for someone like me, who is a bit confused by all the messages out there. The internet is great, but it's also a huge amount of truth and lies to sift through.

Lastly I'd like to share with you a famous picture. The Pale Blue Dot, along with it a speech written by the late scientist Carl Sagan.


Carl Sagan's full speech:
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.
On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever
heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.
The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident
religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager,
every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization,
every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother
and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals,
every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader,"
every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a
mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the
endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel
on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner,
how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another,
how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those
generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become
the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we
have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this
point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping
cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that
help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else,
at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes.
Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building
experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of
human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores
our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and
cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”

― Carl Sagan, exerpt from Pale Blue Dot

We know now that, with our existing technology, we can not reach another earth like planet. I've read somewhere that there's not enough resources on Earth to build a super space station. There's no cheat, no shortcut, no escape. Earth is all we have. We better wise up and take care of it.

(eta: Carl Sagan's full speech)

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