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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 43 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2011
Available in French: No

Featuring leading scientists, ecologists and authors, Animate Earth makes the case for a new holistic scientific revolution as an essential step towards solving the environmental crises created in large part by conventional science’s mechanistic view of the earth.

400 years ago the scientific revolution initiated our disconnect from nature. Despite its many benefits, the approach encouraged people to think of nature as something solely to exploit to meet our needs. Now, with current environmental dangers and uncertainties, the film articulates the need for another scientific revolution, one that reconnects us with the planet by viewing the earth as a living system, as an animate being.

Animate Earth is presented by Dr. Stephan Harding, Oxford-trained biologist, renowned ecologist, and colleague of British scientist James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia Theory. The film also features commentary from Brian Goodwin, Iain McGilchrist, Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, Jules Cashford and Satish Kumar. Animate Earth begins with Dr. Harding’s description of his own transformation from a conventional scientist to one who balances the traditional approach with a more holistic, intuitive view. The film goes on to provide an overview of the evolution of scientific thinking from the ancient Greeks to the Enlightenment, and explores the roots and inspiration for today’s holistic scientific thinking, especially in the theories of Goethe and Lovelock.

Harding and the other experts take this thinking to the next level by articulating the principles involved in the new scientific revolution, an approach that at its core recognizes that the planet’s great, deeply interconnected life-sustaining systems are full of meaning and significance.

"Stephan Harding lays bare the flaws in today’s narrowing and numbers-bound scientific model, and eloquently articulates the case for a more intuitive holistic approach."
– Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future

“Deep ecology was an original intuition of the Norwegian philosopher Arne Ness. Stephan Harding’s Animate Earth can inspire people through his emotional ecology to develop a deeper understanding of the inter-connectedness of life and rocks on the surface of our planet.”
– Professor Bruno D’Udine, Behaviour Ecologist, University of Udine, Italy.



Awards:
Official Selection

COP 15, Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
Natures at Wilderness Festival
ABOCA for Ecology
Schumacher Centenary Festival
Quaker UK Summer Gathering
Royal Society for Preservation of Birds
Scientific and Medical Network Annual Conference


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