The Interconnected System
-Updated Sept 2018-
Earth From Space (2012)
Discovering How It All Connects
This is a pretty amazing documentary that describes some of the intricate relationships of our planet’s climate systems. Scientists discovered these connections after satellites were launched and point down at the earth, recording and analyzing all kinds of environmental data. What they learned was both fascinating and cool.
There are all these sophisticated relationships that interplay within the earth’s systems, that we really would have been impossible to know without such a planetary perspective. As with so much in nature, it is certainly more complex than the some of its parts. It is immensely revealing to have had the opportunity to view the earth from space.
Contemplating Our Place
I learnt so much from watching this documentary! From what drives the currents, to what sustains the Amazon, this film was able to explain so much, answering questions I didn’t even know I had. The satellites were able to track and record the earth’s movements and cycles, highlighting the interdependency of these various systems, and revealing to scientists some of the inner workings.
Indeed, it was climate scientists like NASA veteran James Hansen, who first started sounding the alarms for climate change as a result of these discoveries (check out this recent Guardian article). The various motions of the air and water currents, as well as the movement of minerals and algae all contribute to maintaining our existence, and human activities are certainly impacting these systems.
Watching this documentary will definitely teach you a whole lot and help you appreciate how very much alive our planet really is. Watch on, I highly recommend it!