The most important task of our civilization is to ensure its development so that it is sustainable and to be able to protect the environment and biodiversity at the same time. This task is all the more difficult that its fulfillment requires a change in people’s attitudes. We can achieve this only by explaining in a meaningful way how to live life so that we do not threaten the existence of future generations.
An old wisdom says, "We did not get our planet from our fathers, we borrowed it from our children." Unfortunately, we have to admit that we do not obey this wisdom, and we rob our children inexorably. Our civilization has achieved tremendous technical and informational progress, but behind it is the mental development of people. This is precisely the reason why technical progress has become a weapon that makes natural resources and ecosystems devastated so that they are unable to recover. That is why the United Nations adopted a Declaration on Sustainable Development (DSD) at the conference in Rio de Janeiro twenty-five years ago. United Europe has adopted DSD as its horizontal priority. It was acknowledged that nothing is more important than ensuring "a way of developing a human society that reconciles economic and social progress with full respect for the environment." Despite all the measures we have taken, we can only say that we have been wasted these 25 years. The negative impact of our civilization on natural ecosystems is steadily increasing and our Earth has changed fundamentally for the quarter century since the conference in Rio. The vast numbers of natural ecosystems have disappeared and other animal species have been extinct; in the oceans, new continents of human waste are emerging which concentrate sea currents and are already bigger than Germany, France and Spain together. We continue to waste too much! Only in Slovakia, 178 kilograms of food per inhabitant end up in the rubbish bin every year and we continue to create a huge ecological debt. We justify the plundering and devastation of natural ecosystems by mistaken criteria of quality of life, or we deceive each other and convince ourselves that this is not so bad. But it's much worse! Most of our planet is made up of water, and now the water sets us a mirror.
These photos show us the same place. It is a coral reef at Ras Mohammed cliff in the Red Sea. The difference is fifteen years. Such a short period was sufficient to destroy the cliffs that needed fifteen thousand for their development. These images are a typical example of how aquatic ecosystems are currently changing. The same picture of the disaster can be seen by visitors from other parts of the world. Australia, Maldives, Thailand ... we can name dozens of countries and we can write about many animal species or animal populations that are on the verge of extinction or have already extinct.
Unfortunately, the “World of Silence” has not yet been fully controlled, but the water ecosystems show us that we have made enormous mistakes when implementing the DSD policy. The biggest thing was that we did not start up with education and enlightenment. Fortunately, people who are aware of this and the UN adopted in September 2015 the document "Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development", which focuses mainly on education and education for DSD. It is not possible to implement a DSD policy without general support from the population without education and enlightenment, especially with the young generation.
This is also the meaning of the "Borrowed Planet" project, based on twenty-year documentation of aquatic ecosystems. We chose the water intentionally, because water is a very attractive environment on one hand, and the view of the aquatic ecosystems and animals attracts especially young spectators and readers on the other hand. The authors rely on the fact that people have been changing land for thousands of years and these changes have become obvious part of our life so much that we can no longer distinguish between what is good and what is bad. Aquatic ecosystems have been affected by human-induced changes only in recent decades and are extremely drastic and dramatically rapid. Unfortunately, they are a very good example for clarifying the different aspects of DSD.
"Borrowed Planet" is a unique, authoritarian, Slovak project that aggregates documentary film and written text into a multimedia work and brings a comprehensive and especially understandable insight into the issue of DSD. It consists of sixteen 26-minute and two full-length documentaries and four multimedia works (Always one publication and four films.) The "Garbage Age" and "5 minutes to the End" films will be separate outputs of the project.
The main goals and objectives of the project are:
- Education and Training for Sustainable Development (DSD) and environmental protection at all levels of the education and training process
- informing, educating and raising public support for DSD policy.
The "Borrowed Planet" project unveils and explains the negative impacts of the impact of contemporary human civilization on natural ecosystems and, through the documentary film, sets out the different aspects of TUR such as: nature conservation, quality of life, people's relationship with nature, world natural heritage, biodiversity, consumption growth, misuse of technical progress, waste and its impact on the environment, warming of the atmosphere and oceans, pollution, etc. It reveals the causes of negative impacts on ecosystems and helps the viewer and the reader to reflect on the individual's individual responsibility for their origin.
Ultimately, the goal of the project is to contribute to changing people's attitudes so that their actions are consistent with the sustainable development of our civilization. In order for DSD and environmental protection to become the mental equipment of emerging generations and respect for nature and the protection of life and not only human life, they have become the most important criteria for their decision-making and action.
It is our responsibility to admit that our generation will not stop the growth of the dizzying ecological debt. This task remains on the shoulders of our children. We can help them only by preparing them for this task.
That is why we are currently implementing the Borrowed Planet for Schools Project:
Our ambition is that the project finds use in the educational process. Hence arose the pilot project "Borrowed Planet for Schools" and that is why we joined forces with experts from the University of Constantine the Philosopher, who prepare each part of "The professional methodological guide for teaching practice." We are striving to make the "borrowed planet" a modern, comprehensive, learning tool that works in practice on the process of giving information to schools and helps with the upbringing of the younger generation. Because it is our duty to lead young people to gain respect for nature and to understand it as their most important priority. They should learn to withstand the pressure of consumption and to refuse to use the infrequent consumption of things that are often overwhelmed by us. They should be better and smarter than we are. And they should overcome the technical and informational progress which our civilization has achieved, without exploiting the existence of future generations.
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