Caring for 7 Billion: In Praise of Mother Earth
April 23, 2013
Trioir A Films & Thich Nhat Hanh
The award-winning documentary "Mother: Caring for 7 Billion," takes a "feminist/humanist" view of the global population dilemma. In celebration of Earth Day, the filmmakers have announced the special Internet release of the "Director's Cut" of the film. It will be streaming online for free on YouTube -- from April 19 until the end of May. And poet Thich Nhat Hanh offers an Earth Day meditation, "In Praise of Mother Earth."
Special Earth Day Event:
Watch the Award-Winning Environmental Film, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, Online for Free!
DENVER (April 19, 2013) -- Even though sex and global warming are rarely discussed in the same sentence, much less in the same film, the long ignored truth was recently explored in the award- winning environmental documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion. In celebration of Earth Day, the filmmakers of Mother announced the Internet release of the "Director's Cut" of Mother that will stream online for free on YouTube, from April 19 until the end of May.
Christophe Fauchere, the director and co-producer of Mother stated, "We want Mother to be viewed by as many people as possible for Earth Day because Mother holds up a mirror and shows people a very different way to look at their role on this planet." As Lisa Hymas from The Grist went on to say in her article "This is not your father's population documentary… Mother takes a feminist/humanist view as it explores the issues of our exploding numbers."
The journey to make the film was not always easy. Mireya Navarro in her New York Times Green Blog wrote about the making of Mother "they (the filmmakers) found some environmental groups reluctant to address the subject for fear of alienating their supporters. One group hung up on them when they called."
Writer Sacha Vignieri added to this environmental urgency in her Science magazine review "Our choice to avoid discussion of the population issue, however, will not make the problems disappear. Christophe Fauchere's film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion encourages us to reengage, both publicly and personally, with the reality of what our increasing population will bring."
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is not only being shown in hundreds of classrooms around the country, but is also broadcast throughout the world. The next step in distribution is online, focusing on outlets such as Netflix, Itunes and Hulu. Tiroir A Films Productions' previous award-winning environmental documentaries include The Great Squeeze (2009) and Energy Crossroads (2007).
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IN PRAISE OF MOTHER EARTH
Written by Thay, Thich Nhat Hanh
Homage to you Refreshing Earth Bodhisattva
Mother of this world with its many species.
We want to turn to you with respect,
Beautiful green planet in the midst of the sky,
You who have given birth to countless species,
Produced so many wonders of life,
Loved in the ultimate sense of non-discrimination,
Embraced all species not barring a single one,
Loyal and reliable, tolerant and stable,
The mother who bears all species.
Countless bodhisattvas spring up
From your fresh green lap.
Mother you embrace and transform
Sweeping away the hatred of humans,
Creating new life day and night,
Helping the earth to bloom with the flowers of heaven.
You are open to thousands of other galaxies,
Sharing your joy with the trichiliocosm,
By seeing that your true nature is interdependence.
Conserving and protecting so that nothing is lost,
Not being, not nothing, not eternal, not annihilated,
Not the same, not different, not coming, not going.
Your love knows no limits,
Your virtues no shortcomings.
Your nature is the Four Immeasurable Minds
Like the four great oceans they never dry up.
Whenever spring returns you wear a new robe
Of red roses, the green willow, beautiful and fresh.
When summer comes the vegetation displays its bright colours,
Wholesome seeds, sweet fruits are to be found everywhere.
How brilliant are the colours of the autumn forest
Until winter comes and snowflakes fill the sky.
The afternoon tide chants like the roll of thunder
The morning sunrise paints an incomparable picture,
Making visible all the splendours of the universe.
You are the most beautiful flower of the Solar System,
The wisdom that lights up the ten directions,
The mind that is open to all places.
Mother, you are the Paradise of the Present,
Making possible the future for all species.
We come back and take refuge in you,
With nothing to run after, accepting the unfavourable as also favourable,
Seeing that you are always in us and
Seeing ourselves in you for all of time.
May we follow your good example,
And live every moment with true peace and joy.
Homage to the Refreshing Mother Earth Bodhisattva
Note from the Network of Spiritual Progressives:
OK, you love the earth. How about doing something visionary to save it from destruction that is actualy happening as we talk?
To actually save the earth from rapacious global capitalist corporations, please
a. support the ESRA (www.tikkun.org/ESRA) Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by getting your local city council, state legislators, and Congressional reps in both the House and Senate to publicly endorse the ESRA
b. Join the Network of Spiritual Progressives at www.spiritualprogressives.org and help us form a group of people in your area who can help us build support for the ESRA.