Environment 2000

Ted Talk : Fragile Earth



A Wide-Angle View of Fragile Earth by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is an eye opening video with breathtaking photography. The purpose of this video is to make people realize we are all living together on this Earth. Even if we share different religions and cultures, we share the same basic needs, which rely on Earth’s resources.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand shares many informative facts about our environment such as how our oil sands are not a long-term solution. We are using three times more oil than we can find every year. One hundred percent of coral reefs in North California will be depleted by 2050 because of global warming. Oceans and all the life that inhabits these vasts water basins are highly affected by global warming. He also shares how there is a corridor between the Atlantic and the Pacific that was not there before, 15 years ago. Here is a picture taken from Yann Arthus-Bertrand himself, showing the boat crossing between the crackled ice in the sea, in Nunavut.

Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Photo : Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Bertrand also shares the devastating fact that Mount Kilimanjaro has lost 80% of its ice. Glaciers will not exist anymore in 100 years. Seventy-seven percent of fish stocks are overexploited. One in six people have not enough to eat, which means one billion people do not have enough to eat everyday. Ninety percent of corn in America is used to feed livestock, or used to produce oil. There will be an increase in refugee camps by 2050. These are all tragic facts that are hard to believe because we are so technologically advanced, but it feels as though we are failing and going back in time with the way we are treating other people in different continents.

After Bertrand shares these informative facts, he explains what he is doing and explains why he is here. He sends six cameramen around the world to film interview of people across the world to see what its like to live in their shoes, to find out what love means to them, to find out what happiness means to them. In those interviews, we see that connecting to nature is one of the most important and prominent aspect that came across. Connecting with nature is a mutual connection shared by everyone in the world. Yann explains that he is here to send the message, that we need each other to survive. There is six billion others on the planet to live with. Our lives are tied with the well-being of the planet, and we are in danger because our planet cannot sustain any longer. He finishes the video by saying “It is too late to be pessimistic.” He is right, it is too late to be pessimistic and to be judgmental of others that have different cultures than the people you are used to be living with. We are in a world that is so technologically advanced, advanced in research and so many different aspects, that we need to learn to put our differences aside and work together to make this planet sustainable again, and trade our goods and services.