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4 programs, 26 minutes each
Grades 9 - Adult
Copyright 1996
Produced by Robert J. Long and Karen P. Henders, Waterhen Film Productions Ltd.

HOME PLACE is a series of four half-hour programs which explore the relationship between the human species and the Earth ecosystems which envelop us. Journey with ecologist J. Stan Rowe towards a new way of seeing and thinking. Explore beyond the boundaries of conventional perspective and being to understand yourself as "earthling" -- created and sustained as part of the living Earth.

GOING HOME explores the aspects of living in an industrial society which cuts us off from the natural ecosystems that sustain our lives. We are insulated by cocoons of cultural myth that affect the way we see and understand the world and by cocoons of technology which insulate our senses from the natural world. The result is insensitivity to the Earth and a perpetual decline in human health and well-being. The human species has become an alien within its own Home Place. Personal remedies are found in activities which help us to reconnect with the Earth.

PARTNERSHIP explores the challenges faced by industrial societies as they shift from the present damaging, exploitative relationship with earth ecosystems towards a more sustainable partnership. The program shows how ancient cultures vanished because they lived beyond their ecological means, and shows clearly that present agricultural, forestry and fishery practices have us on the same course. Modern developments in ecological-based forestry illustrate the kind of partnership which is possible if ecosystem needs are respected.

LIFE CYCLES explores the problems encountered when we try to distinguish between living and non-living parts of the Earth. Attributes of organisms which are recognized as being characteristic of "life" are also found in larger systems...ecosystems and the earth itself. Everything on earth is linked by the cycling of matter and flows of energy...making it impossible to distinguish living and non-living parts. Life is a property of Earth, expressed in organisms and other incredible phenomena.

INSIDE-OUTSIDE explores the problem of recognizing and understanding ecosystems from within their boundaries. Images of Earth from space have provided us with a view from outside, making possible a new, more complete perspective. This program discards the human-centered concept of environment, replacing it with a more universal idea of ecosystems. The ecosphere concept is introduced as an alternate world view, in which Earth itself is conceived as living...as an Ecological Being.


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