February 27, 2013

Planetary Purpose

A Video Interview with Director Guy Reid

Last week Tricycle caught up with film director and Planetary Collective founding member Guy Reid to talk about the group's short film Overview and their forthcoming feature film Continuum. The Collective, founded in 2011, responds to the most pressing issues our civilization is currently facing as we push the planet to its brink. Its members, pulling from their Buddhist backgrounds, attribute the roots of the environmental and social crises facing humanity to the misperception that we are separate—from each other, the planet and the cosmos as a whole. The solution, they contend, can be found in an emerging worldview that points to our interdependence.

Guy Reid holds a Masters Degree in Leadership in Sustainable Development at Forum for the Future in London, graduating with the Richard Sandbrook prize for Leadership in Sustainable Development. He attended London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he read Eastern philosophy and religion, focusing specifically on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the relationship between religion and ecology. Reid directs all of Planetary Collective's films.

 

Guy Reid holds a Masters Degree in Leadership in Sustainable Development at Forum for the Future in London, graduating with the Richard Sandbrook prize for Leadership in Sustainable Development. Guy attended London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he read Eastern philosophy and religion, focusing specifically on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the relationship between religion and ecology. - See more at: http://www.planetarycollective.com/collective/#sthash.ljo8703k.dpuf
Guy Reid holds a Masters Degree in Leadership in Sustainable Development at Forum for the Future in London, graduating with the Richard Sandbrook prize for Leadership in Sustainable Development. Guy attended London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he read Eastern philosophy and religion, focusing specifically on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the relationship between religion and ecology. - See more at: http://www.planetarycollective.com/collective/#sthash.ljo8703k.dpuf

 

Head over to Planetary Collective to watch Overview and the new trailer for Continuum.

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axle's picture

Continuum is excellent. I find the subject of environmentalism to be a fascinating one. When I was younger, I was more idealistic about how easy it would be to solve our environmental problems, but as I age, I am more and more pessimistic about things. First and foremost, the taboo subject of human overpopulation cannot be ignored. The planet simply cannot support an exponentially growing human population. So just starting with one aspect (population growth) I think that environmentalism goes against human nature. That is to say, humans are not going to stop reproducing any time soon. But even when it comes to EASY changes people could make to reduce their consumption, most are simply too lazy. For example, I live in a college town full of people who consider themselves to be environmentalists, but VERY FEW people where I live make any effort to ride a bicycle instead of drive their car, even when it would be easier to ride a bicycle for transportation. The fact is, humans will not change unless they absolutely have to, and by then it is usually too late. I have several friends who will complain about global warming or the proposed XL pipeline, and then a minute later, talk about a trip they are taking where they will be flying half way around the world, burning hundreds of gallons of jet fuel in the process. There is just too much hypocrisy among most self proclaimed "environmentalists" for anyone to take them seriously. If you really care about the future of the planet, stop complaining about oil drilling, and start using less oil. "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Dominic Gomez's picture

Buddhism sees it as a collective issue: the 3 poisons inherent in human life, i.e. greed, belligerence and ignorance. Until these are addressed and remedied green hypocrisy will remain.

jackelope65's picture

From these views, the Earth is just one planet. It remains beautiful, but there is some evidence of parasites, humans, beginning to destroy it although the actual parasites cannot be seen. Although this also cannot be seen, symbiotic creatures crowd the Earth, some of whom are human. Which one are you? Parasite? Symbiote?