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Julia Roberts plays Mother Earth and Harrison Ford stars as the Ocean as Holl...

Julia Roberts plays Mother Earth and Harrison Ford stars as the Ocean as Holl...
Ecosystem services. You’ve nodded off already, haven’t you? But wake up! Here are some Hollywood A-listers making a decent attempt to move beyond the obscure jargon and reveal the existential nature of what the Earth provides for humanity. The Nature is Speaking initiative is organised by Conservation International with the tag-line: “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” “I have been here 22,500 times longer than you. “I have fed species greater than you and I have starved species greater than you,” Mother Earth warns. Harrison Ford as the Ocean is the most ominous. Other star turns released so far include Kevin Spacey as a cruelly sarcastic Rainforest: “Humans are so smart, such big brains, opposable thumbs. Edward Norton is the Soil, the thin layer providing the world’s food. The final film released so far is Penélope Cruz as Water. The films are certainly doom-laden, which some believe can leave people feeling impotent.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2014/oct/06/julia-roberts-plays-mother-earth-and-harrison-ford-stars-as-the-ocean-as-hollywood-a-list-speaks-out-for-nature

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