After watching the 2007 film Avatar recently, I was struck by the ways the film portrayed interactions between nature and society.
In the film the humans from planet Earth, sought to master the environment and would use technology to overcome the environment. This article about a project in South America to build a tunnel underneath the Andes Mountains reminds me of this mindset (on scoop.it or geographyeducation.org).
Conversely, this film about a ‘living bridge’ mirrors the environmental ethos that was embodied in the Avatar movie by the Na’vi.
A related theme that sticks with me after watching a war break out on Pandora is that there are continually conflicts between different cultural groups. There are constant conflicts between different cultural groups in warfare that can escalate the violence or tension. Today, Afghan troops are “Getting a Lesson in American Cultural Ignorance” (on scoop.it or geographyeducation.org).