At Healthy Planet we are inspired and encouraged by influential people making a difference to themselves, their children and the planet. So, we were delighted when legendary filmmaker James Cameron’s biggest and most anticipated 2009 film Avatar, was finally released across the country on Thursday 17 December.
The sci-fi epic is set in the 22nd century and its main focus is on the conflict between humans and the Na’vi species. The Na’vi come from Planet Pandora, a rich jungle, filled with incredible life forms. They live in honeycomb trees with natural hollows and alcoves in which they sleep, eat, weave, dance, and celebrate. There are many sacred sites on Pandora that sit above large deposits of unobtanium, a highly valuable mineral found on Pandora which the humans mine to save the earth from its energy crisis.
The inhabitants soon have to engage in a war over the planet’s resources and existence as the humans encroach deeper into Pandora’s forests in search of valuable minerals. James Cameron, best known for producing blockbuster films such as Titanic, wanted to make “something that has a conscience, that maybe in the enjoying of it makes you think a little bit about the way you interact with nature and your fellow man.”
He explains, “the humans in the film, even though there are some good ones salted in, represent what we know to be the parts of ourselves that are trashing our world and maybe condemning ourselves to a grim future.”
We believe James Cameron is sending out the right message, and, by releasing the film at this time of year he’s encouraging people to make greener, healthier choices this Christmas.
Healthy Planet allows anyone to adopt land (for as little as £20) in any of the world’s 77,000 protected parks. It’s the perfect personalised gift for your school’s community to give and receive this Christmas. You’ll be helping to fund global and environmental projects and, if you have a local school, you can choose to have 45 per cent of your donation go back to your school in a healthy learning grant. What a great way to end the year, with something that helps you, helps your local community and contributes to the future of our planet.
Read film review of Avatar http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/review.asp?FID=133552