Earlier in the summer I had the great pleasure of crossing paths with an adorable model named Christy Battell. We were bunkered down working on a commercial, the type of work that I am likely to complain about doing because the days are so long and I usually miss seeing my son all together. However, situations like this one remind me that I am blessed to work in an industry where I get to meet some incredibly interesting and very influential people. People that end up shaping me in ways that really make a difference to who I am and what path I take.
Christy and I immediately got to talking; I liked her vibe. She was calm, sweet, and intelligent and had many interesting stories to share. We somehow landed on the topic of my blog, food and veganism, and quite naturally that brought us down the road of environmentalism. She brought up the film Revolution very casually, figuring I would have already seen it. But to her surprise, and to mine, I hadn’t! I probed her for more details as the title immediately struck a nerve and my imagination over the subject matter started to take flight. She mentioned that Rob Stewart had produced and directed it, the same individual who had made the film Shark Water in 2007. Shark Water is a breath taking documentary exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island in Costa Rica and in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. As soon as I knew who was involved in the project, I was certain the film would be beautiful at the very least, because the cinematography in Shark Water was absolutely captivating. Christy then thrust her iPhone at me and the official trailer for Revolution was just beginning as I looked down at the screen. I realized that this was nothing to take lightly. The content rattled me, shook me up and made my heart tight in my chest. It did it's job, and it did it's job well. I needed to see more right away.
That night, we wrapped out of the studio late and I drove my 40 minutes out of the city and back to my quiet little home in the suburbs, where my son had been fast asleep for hours. I tossed my bags on the kitchen floor, put my jammies on and pulled out my lap top. Minutes later, Revolution was downloading through iTunes and I was eagerly awaiting its story.
What I watched that night startled me. I had never been moved quite like that, not by a film.
It brought focus to some excruciating issues that are heavy and hard to handle. It was honest and real. I wasn’t expecting such an emotional ride that evening, but boy did I ever have one. All I could think of was my sweet boy, sleeping in his bed so innocently. About how he has never done a thing to contribute to the state of our sad planet, and yet, he and the others of his generation will be the ones to pay the highest price for all of our poor choices. I wept for him, and for us (humanity).
It is the job of each of us to understand the industries that we support. To appreciate the sources, energy and side effects of all of the foods and products we consume. To be certain that we are reducing our consumption on a whole, and certainly weeding out the things that we do not require to live comfortably and fairly on this planet. We all have a huge job to do to ensure that everything we have built as a society does not crumble into dust. And we owe it to ourselves and to every other species on this beautiful earth to protect what we have, and what we SHARE. Because this is not just about us, it is about every living thing on the globe. We got us into this mess; it’s time we dig ourselves out.
“Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution inspires audiences from across the globe to start a revolution and change the world forever.”
After watching this film, you might be interested in learning the size of your own carbon foot print. Please visit www.climatepath.org to learn more and for plenty of tips on how to offset your lifestyle.