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.
(see video on scoop.it or geographyeducation.org)
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).
October 16, 2012 at 6:38 am
It is a great innovation of human brain to work with nature in order to enrich their environment. Future generation will continue the work and enjoy the work. It will be good if other nations would find new solutions to their nature disasters which would not harm the environment but help it.
October 16, 2012 at 7:50 am
This village in Northeast India has the same views on nature that the Na’vi tribe had. They are aware of the brute powers of nature, in this case the wet season, and learn how to adapt and change. Due to the massive floods that the heavy rains produce they rely on a set of bridges that are made out of trees. By passing down the tradition from Uncle to Niece it shows that this is something that is part of their culture. It’s not quite the same as American culture when it comes to cutting the grass or tending to gardens. The village in India needs these bridges if they wish to survive during the wet season. Americans don’t necessarily need to cut their lawns to survive, but it does look more presentable.
November 20, 2012 at 11:24 am
I have to agree with the both of these people. The reason being is because of the fact that because some areas around the world that are almost similar to the rainforests of Pandora and have native cultures in those areas like the Amazon Rainforest in South America.