A World of Solutions: Humans Must Transform or Face Extinction
A World of Solutions is an inspiring short film about the need for humanity to awaken and transform before it’s too late. It’s produced by Lyn Lear, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and has an original score by Hans Zimmer. It’s a sequel to What’s Possible, another short film that was created for the United Nations Climate Summit.
A World of Solutions states that mass extinction is currently occurring because of human behaviour. We already knew this, but the interesting point this movie makes is that nature will eventually bounce back. And then, continue to evolve. What will be destroyed, however, is us humans. The only species with the ability to replicate nature, could bring about its very own demise.
Ironic really. You’d think that our species would be capable of living more sustainably? We already have most of the solutions. Can we apply them and change our ways before it is too late? Or will we end up being a cosmic experiment that went horribly wrong and a universal example of what not to do?
I often wonder (maybe hope is a better word) if there are other intelligent beings in the universe. If so, are they messing their planet up like we are with ours? Do all intelligent species in the universe have to go through the same lower vibrational way of life until they realise how they need to behave, in order to live as a sustainable cosmic race?
Who knows. In the scheme of things, it may not matter much to the universe whether humanity survives or not. There might be plenty more planets of intelligent life that can carry the torch of consciousness forwards. It would be nice though (I think), if we could.
Here’s the transcript to A World of Solutions. Be sure to watch it!
“In the beginning, there was Earth.World of Solutions UN Climate Summit
Paradise. An unspoilt sanctuary of beauty.
The only place in the known universe capable of creating and sustaining life.
Before humans came along, the Earth was in perfect harmony, right?
Well, not quite. The Earth has always been home to chaos and violence, constantly changing through what can be a brutal process of trial and error.
We are a product of this evolution. The first and only species so far capable of replicating nature’s uncanny power of creation. And destruction.
Over time we have literally changed the face of the Earth. So much so, that the harm we’ve done seems irreversible.
We are told that the Earth is dying and we must save it.
It’s a heroic notion, but it hasn’t been very effective in changing our behaviour so far.
Nor is it true. The Earth isn’t in danger. Not yet.
It has survived through far worse than this. But it is changing.
We are in danger.
Mass extinction has happened on Earth before. And because of our actions it is on the verge of happening again. Which means changing our actions moving forward is the one thing that can prevent our extinction.
World of Solutions UN Climate SummittOur best chance for survival lies in continuing to imitate nature, drawing inspiration from its awesome power.
Consider mycelium, a mass of filaments beneath the soil that allow the natural world to distribute nutrients and information without a central brain.
It’s not so different from the internet. Which allows us to share ideas and work to form a common vision for a shared future.
Most of us understand intellectually that we are connected to each other and our fate is tied to our planet. But now that we have the means and knowledge to affect change, we have to act.
We’ve already found many of the answers we need in the natural world. The process of changing the Earth back into a place that will support us is well underway. Progress is being made and there is reason to be optimistic.
The more we do, the more the Earth will help rebuild and remake itself. What is needed is a concerted effort. This isn’t a challenge that just a few countries and world leaders can fix on their own. It’s going to take all of us, through actions large and small.
One day very soon, we’ll be asked, “What did we do?”
And we’ll say, “We did everything we could.”
We have to. Because if we don’t, there won’t be anyone left to ask.
We have never faced a crisis this big, but we have never had better ideas to solve it.
This is our only home. You can choose today to make a world of difference.”