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The documentary chronicles the present day state of the Earth, its
climate and how we as the dominant
species have long-term repercussions
on its future. A theme expressed
throughout the documentary is that of
linkage—how all organisms and the
Earth are linked in a "delicate but
crucial" natural balance with each
other, and how no organism can be
self-sufficient.

The firstinclude footage of the


beginning of the natural world,
starting with single-celled algae developing at the edges of volcanic
springs. By showing algae's essential role in the evolution of
photosynthesis, it also explores the innumerable species of plants
which all have their origins in this one-celled life form.

In the rest of the first hour of the film, the documentary takes on a
more human-oriented focus, showing the agricultural revolution and its
impacts, before moving on to talk about the harnessing of oil, leading
to fire, industry, cities and inequality gaps like never before. It portrays
the current predicament regarding cattle ranches, deforestation, food
and water shortages, the use of non-renewable "fossil water", the over-
quarrying crisis and the shortage of energy, namely electricity. Cities
such as New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Shenzhen, Mumbai,
Tokyo and Dubai are used as examples of the mismanagement and
wastage of energy, water and food. The recession of marshlands and
glaciers are shown in vast aerial shots of Antarctica, The North Pole
and Africa, while mass emigration and refugee counts are shown
currently and forecast in the event that these events remains
unchanged.

It is at this point that the film begins to focus on global warming and
the carbon crisis. Home shows how melting glaciers, rising sea levels
and changing weather patterns are ravaging the people who have
least to do with climate change, but also how it soon will affect rich
populous areas.

Here, about three minutes of film is given to displaying harsh facts in


large white text on a black background followed by a video
representation of the fact. This is followed by a positive conclusion. The
documentary shows the awful truths regarding our impact on the
Earth, but also what we are now doing to combat and reverse it:
including renewable energy, the creation of more and more national
parks, international co-operation between various nations on
environmental issues and the extra education and reform being had
across the globe in response to the current problems facing the earth.

In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the


planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price
to pay is high, but it’s too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely
ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its
spoliation of the Earth’s riches and change its patterns of consumption.