Tomorrow (Demain) is a 118 min long French documentary with English subtitles, directed by beloved French actor-filmmaker Mélanie Laurent and ecological rights advocate Cyril Dion. This César award-winning doco explores the world's environmental problems from a different angle. Instead of looking at the doom and gloom aspect of the potential demise of the human race, they travelled to different communities across the globe to find out how solutions are being created to counteract the impending catastrophes.
With changes taking place much faster and more dramatically in our world and plants and animals going extinct faster than the dinosaurs did, this is the time to start getting things moving. This is the critical time for humanity to work together. This is the documentary to watch, to find out what each and every one of us can do to contribute to the solution.
Human beings are so brilliant at imagining our own demise, they make movies about it. Where are the films about us solving problems? When cutting emissions is mentioned, we don't have a story about it, hence to many it's akin to sitting in a cold cave and being deprived. Wake up! It could be fantastic!
One of the solutions explored is to roll up our sleeves and grow our own food. That old saying plant food, not lawns, apply. Urban agriculture is not new and urban farming can sound great on a powerpoint presentation. However, it's not glamorous and can be downright hard work. It also makes sense to grow our food where we eat, instead of it travelling thousands of miles to where it's going to be consumed, thus impacting on the environment. Food needs to be grown closer and young people need to be trained on how to grow food.
The bulk of the world's foods come from the little farmers who are going back to basics and growing food ethically. When planting they considered intercropping, and how every plant fits into this eco system to mimic a natural forest, but all plants are edible. A small oasis of biodiversity where plants intermingle like in a forest, the way nature intended. This is one way many hands can help make our world a better place and it's something within our power to do.
Another solution based consideration can be working towards getting away from being dependent on oil and fossil fuels. By using the sun, wind and water as energy producers and removing coal and oil from our heating systems we too can create a 100% self sufficient country.
Creating more bike lanes and more inviting places for people to walk and have more of a public life means having an infrastructure for walking, cycling and social inclusion. This creates a healthy and sustainable city that is lively and creates interaction.
Working towards zero waste where everything is reduced, reused, composted and kept out of landfill is something we can all do. Tomorrows industry looks at raw material not being mined but found, transformed, made sustainable and recycled again, using the principle of circularity.
Other subjects covered includes currencies, economy, government and our education system. Could our solutions be as simple as everyone loving each other, working together, having a new vision where everything is linked, interdependent, and interconnected like nature? Like a cell inside the body, working together for the body to function healthily. Perhaps it's time to join forces to change the world; Tomorrow.