An eye-opening documentary entitled “Home” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand was released in 2009. This 2 hour video, which can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube, emphasizes that if we, humanity, continue to live the way we have for the past 60 years, using finite resources at an astonishing rate, we will destroy the only “Home” that we have.
It showcases that every living organism plays a crucial role in life and in sustainability.
“A theme expressed throughout the documentary is that of linkage—how all organisms and the Earth are linked in a “delicate but crucial” natural balance with each other, and how no organism can be self-sufficient.”
It also teaches incredible facts that we should all be aware of such as:
- In 40 years the Amazon was reduced by 20 percent
- Half the world’s wealth is in the richest 2 percent of people
- During the last 50 years we have radically changed the earth and environment more than since the beginning of man
All areas of the globe are covered with examples of changes that have occurred, whether by choice or by necessity. I found that the most shocking statistic was about Dubai. “Home” states that as it peaked as a modern city it was using no natural resources, including no solar panels in a desert where sun is plentiful.
“Home” discusses what the impacts on the future will be if we continue to live without regards to our consequences. Consequences such as:
- Food shortages
- Fresh water shortages
- Survival tactics
Fish, which is a staple diet of 1 in 5 humans, is being harvested at a rate that cannot be naturally replenished.
The fresh water supplies are being transported to places like Las Vegas, Nevada and Palm Springs, California at a phenomenal rate. These are among the biggest consumers of water. If these practices continue “Home” predicts that by 2025 water shortages could affect two billion people.
“Home” discusses that most people’s lives are changing as they are now, like in prehistoric times, living for survival rather than for prosperity, as has been true since the Industrial Revolution, where money was the dominating factor of most life styles.
This documentary gives brilliant insight on what we can do to change for a better, longer future. The video runs from agriculture which was man’s first major revolution through the future where we make the changes necessary to continue our existence. It states that 1 out of 4 humans live on earth’s energy alone. As we are finally becoming aware of the dire situation we have created, it is easy to see that we must increase this number and with the technologies that are being developed today, it should be an easy fix in the very near future.
This documentary is beautifully produced with breathtaking scenery but the facts this it brings forth are more horrifying than lovely, more real than normally portrayed and more crucial than we would like to consider day to day. But the truth is there, we must consider it and weigh our consequences or our lives and our very “Home” will perish.