What can one person do?
This TED presentation by Rob Stewart, director of ‘Sharkwater,’ and ‘Revolution,’ shows what can one person do…
“What Can I Do?” So we have two choices as I see it!
One can say these words with a negative shrug of incapability! That is the cowards way out! It is a death knell statement that inflicts even more misery on a dying world! And it ultimately will be our grandchildren and their offspring who will see the final hellhole of lifelessness on the planet that no longer supports our wildlife or humanity.
One can also say these words with a positive, hopeful tone and an eager attitude to do something, anything, rather than nothing. This is the brave approach to making the world kinder, more sustainable and species friendly across all life forms, and yes, recreate healthy ecosystems that maintain ‘Life.’
‘So What do I do?’ Well first, get off your couch and go look outside…that air, water, trees and plants (food) out there, it is what supports your life. If you cannot see these important things that you need to sustain you, then educate yourself now. Stop watching the time-wasting stuff and trivial hypnotising games on TV and the Internet (no educational value) and instead, watch every documentary you can about what is happening to you and all other life on Earth. Read articles and reports that people spend whole lives producing. There is some shocking stuff going on in the world just so you (like me, and all of us) can have material goods. And if you really think about it, you don’t actually need most of them to live a happy life! You just think you do because modern society has brainwashed us into becoming slave robots in a massive economic production line. Earning supposed life rewards are a treadmill of misery for most. End result of your toils – death.
I have included just a few good documentaries ( in a huge inexhaustible list) to start your search (see below). Then, you need to decide what you, personally, are going to do?
Some of the full documentaries may be free to view, so try a Google or Youtube search for the full documentary…
‘Earthlings’ directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings Trailer)
‘Blackfish’ directed by Gabriela Cowperthwait (Blackfish Trailer)
‘The Cove’ directed by Louie Psihoyos (Official Trailer)
‘Cowspiracy’ directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn (Official Trailer)
‘Racing Extinction’ directed by Louie Psihoyos (Official Trailer)
‘Food Inc’ directed by Robert Kenner (Official Trailer)
‘The Ivory Game’ directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. (Official Trailer)
‘Final Straw’ directed by Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang (teaser interview)
‘SharkWater’ directed by Rob Stewart (Official Trailer)
‘A Plastic Ocean’ a 2015 documentary by Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter
‘Overburden’ a 2015 documentary exposing the coal industry (Trailer)
But if you can only watch one documentary right now, pick …
‘Revolution’ directed by Rob Stewart. (Official Trailer)
‘Revolution’ is a truly remarkable piece of work to demonstrate the implications of climate change. Shot in 2012, it indicates the urgency of dealing with the massive buildup of greenhouse gases and the effect on the ocean chemistry. His work shows clearly how close we are to annihilating ourselves along with all marine life. Five years on from its debut, his message is even more critical. It is currently available on Freefilms.Org
Rob Stewart died in January 2017. A young Canadian Biologist and film maker with a passion for life and saving our earth and the wildlife within it, he was making a follow-up documentary to ‘Sharkwater’ to expose such things as the Cape Verde (endangered) Blue Shark exploitation for cat food production in Spain. He was using a rebreather tank (to avoid bubble exhalation) and speculation is that there may have been some negligence by the dive team operators. He passed out and disappeared from view after resurfacing with another diver. After a massive two-day search encompassing many miles, his body was eventually recovered from the sea floor only 300 metres from the dive site. His family issued a lawsuit in late March 2017.
You can view interviews and a tribute to his amazing work here. R.I.P. and thank you Rob Stewart. Your legacy will continue.
Let us all be like Rob Stewart and start making a difference, because anything else is not an option!
He was not afraid to do the impossible, and he has changed attitudes world wide.
My next blog entry will start the task of looking for our way to a ‘stargazing future,’ for our ideal lifestyle for true happiness, health and completeness in the world. There is so much you can do, it just takes a moment for you to look inside your heart and find its kindness and to see what you really need from life! And you can make a difference to all life on this planet. We all can.
Our voices are powerful if we raise them loud enough. Our actions even more so. We need to decide to do the right things and stop wars, exploitation of the poor, ecocide of the planet and its animals, and start to live harmoniously. It is our choice…and I think we have come to the point of ‘It’s now or never!’