The film is a study of how people are changing the face of the earth, the landscape of the earth, through manufacturing. Really, it’s about how we’re raping the earth. And looking at the many, many scenes of devastation that were pictured, I have the desire to run and hide…in shame…for how I’ve contributed to it all.
This is why I would love to stick my head in the sand (all can be found at the filmmaker/photographer's website):
- the vast Chinese factories
- the thousands and thousands of Chinese workers testing spray nozzles or building irons or slipping a wire around a little plastic part, day in day out
- their downcast faces
- the graveyards of plastics and metals and electronics
- the endless coal fields needed to power China’s factories and cities
- quarries that have changed the size and shape of mountains
- rivers turned red with toxic waste
I have guilt about my contribution to the situation. My need for a car, for roads, for electronics, for all the little doodads of life…those all are the reason for the decimation of our earth. And bigger reasons, too. But I have to take responsibility at some level.
It’s the taking for granted that’s gotten us here. We must do something about it. Appreciate everything.
Can we do that?