Featuring leading scientists, ecologists and authors, Animate Earth
makes the case for a new holistic scientific revolution as an essential
step towards solving the environmental crises created in large part by
conventional science’s mechanistic view of the earth.
ago the scientific revolution initiated our disconnect from nature.
Despite its many benefits, the approach encouraged people to think of
nature as something solely to exploit to meet our needs. Now, with
current environmental dangers and uncertainties, the film articulates
the need for another scientific revolution, one that reconnects us with
the planet by viewing the earth as a living system, as an animate being.
is presented by Dr. Stephan Harding, Oxford-trained biologist, renowned
ecologist, and colleague of British scientist James Lovelock,
originator of the Gaia Theory. The film also features commentary from
Brian Goodwin, Iain McGilchrist, Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, Jules
Cashford and Satish Kumar.
Animate Earth begins with Dr. Harding’s description of his own
transformation from a conventional scientist to one who balances the
traditional approach with a more holistic, intuitive view. The film goes
on to provide an overview of the evolution of scientific thinking from
the ancient Greeks to the Enlightenment, and explores the roots and
inspiration for today’s holistic scientific thinking, especially in the
theories of Goethe and Lovelock.
Harding and the other experts
take this thinking to the next level by articulating the principles
involved in the new scientific revolution, an approach that at its core
recognizes that the planet’s great, deeply interconnected
life-sustaining systems are full of meaning and significance.
Reviews & Awards"An enlightening film.... Learn how the field of science is finally recognizing the Earth as one complex, life-sustaining system. Presented by Dr. Stephan Harding, this film is a must-see."
- Center for Ecoliteracy
"Highly recommended...an excellent resource. A colorful presentation challenging us to rethink our relationship with nature. The underlying message of this DVD is that the earth is a living network of patterns and wholeness in which everything is interconnectedWith a holistic approach, it is believed that we can address the world’s crisis of global warming, climate change, decline in biodiversity, and population explosion in order to insure the survival of our planet for future generations."
– Science Books and Films
"Recommended...Beautiful photography and interesting discussions related to the history of science...This film would be a good supplement for collections in history of science or environmental ethics and philosophy."
–Educational Media Reviews Online
“Animate Earth is an eloquent call for a new holistic science integrating intuitive and quantitative approaches to reality. The ecological crisis demands a new harmonious relationship between humanity and nature embodied in a world view in which we are part of rather than apart from nature. ”
– David Lorimer, The Scientific and Medical Network
"A wonderful film. No one tells the awesome story of how we can use science to deeply connect with the earth better or with more inspiration than Stephan Harding."
–David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College
"Stephan Harding lays bare the flaws in today’s narrowing and numbers-bound scientific model, and eloquently articulates the case for a more intuitive holistic approach."
– Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future
“Deep ecology was an original intuition of the Norwegian philosopher Arne Ness. Stephan Harding’s Animate Earth can inspire people through his emotional ecology to develop a deeper understanding of the inter-connectedness of life and rocks on the surface of our planet.”
– Professor Bruno D’Udine, Behaviour Ecologist, University of Udine, Italy.
“An animate universe feels so right for me experientially and now, thanks to people like Dr Stephan Harding and films like Animate Earth, it computes intellectually too.
–Bruce Parry, BBC TV Presenter