Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mission Blue: CODE RED
New Relationship with Nature Required!

Video: “Mission Blue” Credit: Netflix

“The Ocean is dying. … No ocean, no life. No ocean, no us.”
~ Dr. Silvia Earle
Source: “Mission Blue”

It’s not everyday one gets to meet a pioneer. In the latest Netflix Original film, “Mission Blue,” the viewer gets to do just that. What’s more, we are taken on a journey into the remarkable life of a remarkable pioneer: Sylvia Earle, “an American marine biologist, explorer, author and lecturer.” Source: Wikipedia: Silvia Earle.

Image Collage by PeapodLife: Looking back on a life dedicated to the sea:
Silvia Earle Diving early in her career; more recently on her “Mission Blue”

Just how much of a pioneer was she? Rather than reading through an impressive laundry list of her accolades, watch this short clip of from the movie. One quickly realizes that this feisty explorer and scientist was not just conquering the Great Barrier Reef, but breaking down social barriers as well:

Video: Mission Blue Clip: Breaking Down Barriers

But that was only the beginning. Now, in the twilight of her long and illustrious career, Dr. Earle is championing the creation of “hope spots,” her not-so-radical idea to save the dying oceans.

And they are dying. Ocean acidification due to climate change has ravaged the world’s coral reefs (over 50% of which have vanished in the last two decades). Overfishing and decimation of marine ecosystems—including foundational species like Menhaden, overfished for production of fish oil, and all things chicken feed—have caused the collapse of fish stocks worldwide.

But perhaps we should let the woman of the moment tell you herself…

Video: Sylvia Earle: How to protect the oceans (TED Prize winner!)

The Ecosystem Connection

Another famous personality and a marine explorer in his own right—he recently set a world record for deepest solo dive—James Cameron was one of the individuals interviewed for the film, Mission Blue. Something he said in the film certainly grabbed our attention…

“We need to develop a new relationship with nature.”
~ James Cameron
Source: “Mission Blue”
Image: James Cameron aboard his Deepsea Challenger Vessel during filming of National Geographic’s film “Deepsea Challenge”

That’s a profound platitude, to be sure. But how exactly does one do that? When our so-called “natural world” is becoming more and more remote, and our so-called “greenspaces” are little more than gardens masquerading as nature…they are anything but ecosystems.

That is one reason why the wildlife in cities like Toronto feed mostly on our garbage. There is no viable ecosystem for them to participate in. One of the reasons there is no viable ecosystem is because of us and our waste: the slowly dying Great Lakes is one prominent example.

PeapodLife’s approach are indoor rainforest ecosystems.  Living with and in an ecosystem—which is self-regulating and supporting, but still reliant upon us for establishment—is the key.

Living with an ecosystem changes our perception of nature. We are a part of it; it becomes a part of us. We choose to sip our coffee in the morning next to it, or a glass of wine in the evening in its company. There’s no better place to relax, unwind, read, meditate or do yoga than in the fresh air and warm embrace of an ecosystem’s electromagnetic field. It’s a positive energy field; a field of negative ions.  


If you want people to comprehend the importance of the oceans, and get them to “get it”—that oceanic ecosystems support all other ecosystems—we have to get ecosystems into their life. If you want oceanic ecosystems to be top of mind, we must make ecosystems every bit as prevalent as computers, TV screens and hi-tech gadgets!

Image by PeapodLife: Ecosystem helps you discover an Intimate Relationship of Symbiosis and Harmony

Just imagine if every school, public building, hospital, workplace, and certainly every home had a vibrant living ecosystem. Imagine children interacting with those ecosystems. Studying them. Comprehending the infinite complexity of high-order ecosystems, and their ability to self-organize, self-regulate, and creatively adapt to every conceivable change…true intelligence, not “artificial intelligence.”

Imagine what creative solutions and revolutionary new relationships between humanity and nature would be born of that kind of cultural shift…that kind of paradigm. Humanity once again connecting to and identifying with their organic nature and the consciousness of collective symbiosis and harmony (as opposed to their mechanistic nature and the ego-intelligence of individualism and competition.

As Dr. Earle points out in her TED Prize winning Talk, alternative energy and all the green technologies associated with sustainability are pointless if the blue heart of the planet isn’t preserved—preserved and resuscitated.

But just as a patient recovering from heart surgery needs to rethink their lifestyle which lead to heart failure, Cameron is right: humanity needs to establish a new relationship with the planet’s big blue heart…and that means a new, close, intimate, mutually symbiotic and harmonious relationship with ecosystems.

Humanity desperately needs to discover the PeapodLife.

Post Scriptum

Thank you The Nature Daily for re-publishing this article.

Image: The Nature Daily Screenshot: Shared by Genesis Eco Fund
PeapodLife: Mission Blue: CODE RED New Relationship with Nature Required!

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