On 12 July in Dún Laoghaire, the documentary, Planet Ocean, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot was featured in a select screening as a part of the Dublin City of Science 2012 Festival and Tara’s Back events’ program. After the film, the floor was opened to a round-table discussion, featuring Michael Pitiot, Dr. Eric Karsenti, and Dr. Emmanuel G. Reynaud, of the implications of the documentary and the team’s next step.

 

The film was moving and well-produced. The images were breathtaking, accompanying the overall message beautifully. The main point of the documentary was to showcase how the ocean belongs to us, is a part of our society. Because the ocean belongs to us, it means we need to take care of it and realize it is a give-and-take relationship. In an interview with Arthus-Bertrand, he states that “we have a greater impact on Earth” than we know, that “we over consume and are depleting the Earth’s resources.” Now that we have seen and understand, at least a small part, about our impact on the Earth, we can now work on improving our relationship with the ocean and help to sustain it and its resources. What better way than to reach out to the younger generations, especially those of college-age and about to step out into the real world, to make them aware of the issue and help them become passionate about improving the situation?

 

During the round-table discussion afterwards, the question of the next step was asked. Pitiot, Karsenti, and Reynaud stated that their team wasn’t involved with mass-media marketing, and while the documentary is of an excellent quality, it has stayed within a small audience. Back to the interview with Arthus-Bertrand, he embellished on the film being distributed in an interesting, out-of-the-box fashion: being available world-wide, free-of-charge, and instantly on YouTube. He felt that having the documentary being freely-assessable was an intriguing and wonderfully-ambitious idea, one which our staff at Yeah! Magazine are inclined to agree with. However, we feel this documentary would benefit from being further publicized and discussed about outside small social circles connected to the Planet Ocean team. We are hoping that our mention of this documentary to our readers will help spread the word and open the rest of society to the message Arthus-Bertrand and Pitiot are sending in their documentary.

 

Written by: Tara Smith

 

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