by Arjun Walia
May 21, 2015
The clip below comes from Planetary Collective, a group of
filmmakers, visual media creative, and thinkers who work with
cosmologists, ecologists, and philosophers to explore some of the
big questions facing our planet today.
It's the trailer to their most recent film titled "Planetary," that
was released on April 22, 2015 (Earth day). You can find out how to
access it through their website in the link above. You can also see
an exclusive look at the first 8 minutes of the film below the
The message I was trying to get across in the title is the fact that
that WE - humans, society in general - are dictating in what
direction our planet is headed, and what type of experience the
human collective is having right now.
We think we are powerless to create
change, but that is not true.
We created this mess and we can get
ourselves of it, but it's up to us how and when that happens. It's
our choice, and as one human race we are facing multiple issues that
drastically need our attention right now.
There IS something we can do about it
and there are multiple solutions to all the problems we currently
face, so ask yourself:
Why have we not implemented
Why have major organizations
charged with the care of out planet, like the United
Nations, not emphasized and executed these solutions?
If we continue to look towards
organizations that are politically based and therefore still harbor
a great deal of corruption within them, we will never change our
world. It's time to stop looking to them and instead look to
ourselves for solutions.
I don't know exactly how, but I know
doing nothing about it is not the answer.
Working in this field for approximately five years now, and having
been interested in it for most of my life, I am amazed at the
progress we have made so far. At the same time, I am also very aware
of the fact that now is the time to take drastic measures to change
All the quotes below are from the film.
"Not only do we have an ecological
crisis, we also have a story crisis. That is to say, there's
something very wrong about the way we understand who we are, and
our relationship with the Earth."
"We're at the point in time now where we need to take radical
leaps in order to be able to continue to live on this planet. We
have to think about it in a much broader, grander fashion."
"We are part of a process that includes all beings, and is one
hundred million galaxies wide."
PLANETARY is a feature length
that expands on the mind-blowing
shared by astronauts and indigenous
- that each and every one of us is
inseparable from each other,
the planet and the universe as a
a realization that is both humbling and
If more of us start to experience the
of our interdependence and connection,
we believe there is hope for the next
stage in our human journey.
PLANETARY is meant to inspire awe and
by seeing things as they are,
placing our individual stories
in the context of the larger