The earth, our Common


 Global warming is scientifically established, and it turned out that human beings are responsible. Beyond the COP21 agreements in November 2015, the fate of the planet depends on all of us. Everyone is invited to consider the climate as a common good of humanity. Every individual has to feel concern about it in his everyday actions. Businesses, also, must be involved, in fact industry, tourism, restauration sectors… are the major cause of climate deregulation. Today population around the world and especially in the West, have to move from a culture of climate destruction to a culture of nature and humanity preservation.

The case of the environment, refers to the issue of global governance. In fact, the lack of global institutions ability to impose rules and put in place causes severe penalties and does not push countries to take actions. Furthermore, as the common good, it is difficult to establish a common management.

In his latest documentary, Leonardo DiCaprio tries to draw the world portrait. The movie, follows the actor in his journey around the world to examine the worst climate disasters.

  • Deforestation due to palm fields in Indonesia;
  • Glaciers melt around the North Pole;
  • Beijing’s smog;
  • Oil exploitation in South America…

Spectators also see major anti-pollution sites as the “Tesla Gigafactory” and interviews with different people all more or less involved in the environmental cause. I find it praiseworthy the actor’s approach of using his status of “Oscar-winning superstar” to send a message that would affect communities directly. His celebrity give him the possibility to his combat to be heard.

Many have criticized the choice of the United Nations to awarded the title “Messenger of Peace” in ecology to Leonardo Dicaprio . In fact, he knows nothing scientifically about this subject. But with this film, DiCaprio plays its role of ambassador and delivers what it does best for a cause close to his heart and his concern for all human beings.

But this film offers only a first look at the ecological cause, it just a statement of the situation. Someone who is already accustomed to the ecological cause will not learn much from the documentary. He can even find things to complain about. For example, the film praises the renewable energy systems such as wind turbines or solar panels, but does not speak about the recycling difficulty of these materials, or how they can they be improved.

Finally, even if the documentary denounces, it does not really offer new sustainable solutions or even start possible solution to solve the various problems reported. However the documentary  opens the spectator’s eyes so they can themselves be  actors of change.


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