Every once in a while, a film presents statistics that stop you in your tracks. Love Thy Nature, an uplifting and beautifully choreographed film about the interconnectedness of the world, has a few important factoids for you to noodle on.
Take these for example: If the earth’s 4.5-billion-year history could be compressed into one single 365-day period, dinosaurs would be extinct by Christmas, with humans appearing on the scene with just 23 minutes to go on New Year’s Eve. The 200-year Industrial Age, which profoundly changed the planet and its inhabitants, would zoom by in just one fleeting second.
Talk about a blink of an eye.
On the eve of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, there is perhaps no better time for you to host a screening of Love Thy Nature. Whether you believe in the Big Bang, Adam and Eve, or both, the 76-minute film makes one thing absolutely clear: Humanity relies on nature for survival. The movie takes viewers on a journey through time, closely examining the interactions of our species with the natural world, a relationship that has evolved into environmental domination rife with catastrophic extinctions and climate change.
Will humans be able to survive despite their self-destructive behaviors that poison the atmosphere with heat-trapping gases and destroy the rainforest, the lungs of the world? The key, the film says, will be to get back to our roots and embrace biomimicry—the search for solutions that emulate natural structures and processes. “The only way we’ll make it as a species on this planet is if we reconnect with nature,” says Dayna Baumeister, a biomimicry expert featured in the movie.
That jives with the pope’s encyclical on the environment, the importance of respecting and protecting the natural world that sustains us all. Loving thy neighbor by loving thy nature.
The film will be screening in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on September 29 and will hit theaters and the internet next year.
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