Last week I went with Anita to the Quad Theatre to see One Day On Earth. The movie was filmed in every single country of the world on the same day. The film makers took all of this footage, edited and compiled for an insane amount of hours, to show the world what was going on in each country on October 10, 2012 (10-10-10). I truly wish everyone could watch this movie. To see and be reminded that everyone on Earth is living, and often struggling at the same time as you might be leading a more comfortable life. It’s a reminder just how many people are in this world, but yet how we are all similar in many ways, but living a wide range of different lives. Through the footage, there were certain themes captured along the way:
- Trash and Waste
- Education Religion
These were themes that occurred in some way in basically every country. It was very emotional to watch for me in a number of ways. One, was in the way that it showed how love is universal and all the different but still beautiful ways people feel and express it. Another was struggle, and how unfair it is what some people have to live through just by the pure chance of where and what they were born into. Though there are different cultures and practices, these themes often come through to many of us. The media often portrays a certain group of people in the same light over and over again. Eventually we assume that for example, everyone in Africa lives in shacks, everyone in the Middle East has terrorist tendencies, that certain religions are better or more “right” than others. I enjoyed this movie because it didn’t stay on track with the media’s agenda. It showed the world in a way that covered a lot of average people. I think if people saw it, those in the U.S. that only watch the news might be surprised that in countries they know less about, people are living similarly to them. Therefore, instead of dehumanizing a situation where human rights abuses are occurring, they may be reminded that people just like them are being hurt or sometimes killed, that it is real, and that it is just as painful even if it’s happening far away and not right in front of their eyes.
Now, even though I think it’s important, sustainability and the “green movement” has not been an area I have focused on or studied as much as human rights. However, this film really caught my attention. One quote that was used, which I think will always stick with me is “we [humans] need nature, nature doesn’t need us.” Which is absolutely true. There aren’t really plants or species out there that rely on humans to survive, but without those things, humans in turn would not be able to live and grow. It made me think of it in a way that needs to be more appreciated. There was even an organization highlighted, and a representative spoke after the film, that takes trash and turns it into novelties. For example, furniture that could still very much be used and there are many out there who are in need. There are billions of people in the world, what we throw away is insane and the amount of landfills is one of those topics that is painful to think about so we often block it out of our minds.
Another area that I know should always be remembered, but often forgotten in day to day life is the importance of living life to the fullest and doing what you enjoy and what makes you happy. I remember when I saw Nick Kristof speak and he mentioned that those of us in that room won the lottery of life. I’ve thought about that more than ever. Sure, everyone has their struggles and their problems. But the atrocities that millions and millions of people face in this world makes being a middle (or in some cases even low) income, average American makes you in the minority of the world who are lucky enough to have such a privileged life. But, anything could happen in a moment’s time, and so no matter what society things (as long as you aren’t harming yourself or anyone else) don’t let the thoughts of other’s run your life. You have to make it yours, or you truly will never be able to enjoy it the way you should be.
There will be another film that was created on 11-11-11 coming out. One Day On Earth is also an organization as well which I encourage you to take a look at. They also have many partner organizations that have helped them through their journey. I know Anita and I laughed, cried, and got goose bumps multiple times through the 1 hour and 30 minute film. Please check it out.