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Too Late to Be a Pessimist

July 9, 2009 by Melina Cinq-Mars
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Picture-1“‘Home’ brings it all home to our hearts: we are shaken by the facts of  the damage done in the last 50 years, and at the same time we are inspired to contribute to the change that is needed for the future. What an intensely interesting time to be alive, here and now, to be a part of this environmental revolution in the making.”A movie night was recently held so those of us at the Ashram could see the film ‘Home’ – Melina Cinq-Mars and Erinn Christie reflect on its powerful imagery and message.


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On June 5th, World Environment Day, Yann Arthus-Bernard released an incredible movie: ‘Home’. The film screened for free on the internet, on many TV stations, and in open-air venues and cinemas worldwide. The purpose was to raise awareness of our collective global crisis so that we can begin to focus our energy towards one common goal: saving what is left of our home, and cultivating change. 

Home reminds me that the sun is that inexhaustable source which creates and sustains all that we need to live…

The female narrarator of the movie speaks with awareness and precision, and has an amazing way of portraying through words the dramatic facts of the state of our interconnected world, and insights into what the future may hold. The movie takes us into the seat of discomfort, showing us the depths of the toll our selfish, consumer based society has taken on the earth and its precious resources.

…I can focus only on the regrettable actions, the wrong phrase I told someone, I can keep going deeper and deeper into my own misery by feeding myself with the fruits of the negative. At one point I’ll reach the bottom, no place anymore to go lower, and at that point I’ll start to open to something else: the power of the Divine, the inexhaustable sources, the Light…

Just as the facts are beginning to feel unbearable, there is a shift, a turning point in the movie. We are reminded again and again that it is too late to be a pessimist. Now is the time for global and personal change. Much has been lost, but what is most important is what we still have, and to remember that there is an immense power in our ability to change.

…Instead of focusing on the negative and reminding myself of how horrible I am, I’ll start to focus on what is there and what is beautiful in me. I’ll start to cultivate the Light and bring it into these dark and destructive times. This is how I save myself and share my potential with others for the benefit of all…

The movie presents captivating aerial views, showing us places of incredible beauty and diversity along with places that are being ravaged for resources. Each contains a beauty of its own from that higher perspective. There is an acknowledgment of hope: the positive progress we are making as a species; the solutions that human beings are creating around the world to become more sustainable in our daily efforts to provide for ourselves.

…we all have the power to change.

Home asks us to look at the bigger picture and to have consideration for others sharing our space on earth, to pick ourselves up from the falls, stand firmly on our feet, see clearly what needs to change and act on it. We have to cultivate the Light in our selves, in our own lives and in the world.

In the end the movie brings it all to the Light, as with Swami Radha’s teachings. An important fact mentioned in the movie is that all the energy we will ever need is in the light – ‘One hour of sunlight is enough energy for a year of all human needs.’ It is the solution! How do we harness it?

In the Light,
Melina & Erinn

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Watch “Home” here.

French-born producer and director Yann Arthus-Bertrand was influenced at a young age by film, history, culture and the environment. After working in film, running a French castle, and living amongst the Masai tribe in Kenya, he took on a new adventure in photography. Beginning to understand the power of communication through imagery, he captured the beauty of landscapes from above and published pictures for various books and magazines as a aerial photographer and international journalist.

In 1990 he founded the Altitude photo agency, and worked on a UNESCO project called Earth from Above (‘la Terre vue du ciel’)  – the book sold over 3 million copies and was translated into 24 languages. On April 22, 2009 he was officially designated as the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador and received the ‘Earth Champion’ award for his work raising public environmental awareness.

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, and is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), also created in 1972, uses WED to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action.

WED 2009’s host was Mexico, reflecting the growing role of the Latin American countries in the fight against climate change, including their growing participation in the carbon markets.

The theme for WED 2009 is ‘Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,’ reflecting the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen in Dec. 09. There is also a focus this year on overcoming poverty and improved management of forests.

In 1990 he founded the Altitude photo agency [http://www.altitude-photo.com/en_presentation-agence.php], and worked on a UNESCO project called Earth from Above (‘la Terre vue du ciel’) [http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=3619&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html] – the book sold over 3 million copies and was translated into 24 languages. On April 22, 2009 he was officially designated as the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador and received the ‘Earth Champion’ award for his work raising public environmental awareness.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, French born producer and director has been influenced in film, history, culture and the environment at a youthful age. After working in film, running a French castle, and living amongst the Massai tribe in kenya, he took on a new adventure in photography. He began understanding the power of communication through a picture and passionately captured the beauty of landscapes from above. He published pictures for various books and magazines as a aerial photographer and international journalist.
He founded the Altitu,worked UNESCO on a project called Earth from Above (‘la Terre vue du ciel’) that sold over 3 million copies and was translated into 24 languages. On April 22, 2009 he was officially designated as the United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador (UNEP) and received the ‘Earth Champion’ award for his commitment towards the environment and his work on public environmental awareness.
World earth day was first established in the 1970’s be the U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in order to inspire popel to apprecatie the earths environment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day
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World Environment Day[http://www.unep.org/wed/2009/english/] (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, and is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), also created in 1972, uses WED to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action.
WED 2009’s host was Mexico, reflecting the growing role of the Latin American countries in the fight against climate change, including their growing participation in the carbon markets.

 


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  1. I wonder how much fuel they consumed getting all of the great aerial footage to make this movie? Oh well, it’s too late to be a pessimist!

    Comment by Maria — August 8, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  2. Actually This men seem to be pretty consistent, if you look at the link bellow:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yann_Arthus-Bertrand in the
    Ecologic involvement section you’ll read that is helicopter where green,

    On July 1, 2005, he founded the international environmental organisation GoodPlanet, and set up the program Action Carbone to offset his own greenhouse gas emissions generated by his helicopter transports. Since then this program has evolved to help people and companies to reduce and offset their climate impact by funding projects on renewable energies, energy efficiency and reforestation.

    I see that you too, you are pretty consistant with your tone and attitude! Hope your well.

    Comment by melina — August 17, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  3. I think it’s also important to look at the positive exposure that people are getting to an important subject like this. I think it is necessary to applaud the awareness that it (and similar films) have created, especially in this time when we are experiencing such a global crisis. Every big and little bit helps.

    Comment by Andrew Baerthel — August 20, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

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