Planet Ocean

Planet Ocean

89 minutes 8.71/10 based on 52 votes

In the ocean we can find the answer to many of our questions about life as we know it, because it is there that life itself seems to have begun. This documentary explores the depths of this unknown, yet powerful force that may have marked the beginning of life billions of years ago.

The ocean has brought us all the minerals we need, hundreds of thousands of our ships crisscross the sea dumping poison into it with each voyage, and we delve unceasingly into the ocean to nourish ourselves. We have become a super predator and the planet is ours, but where are we going now? In order to understand what has brought us to this point of near disaster, we need to return to the very beginning and explore the events that led to the formation of our amazing ocean.

Three billion human beings depend directly on marine resources. For almost a billion people fish represents their only source of animal protein. Four million fishing boats set out each day to attack the ocean. The majority are small boats that are part of a family craft passed down from generation to generation. When people can’t find enough food on land, they turn to the sea. Hence, fishing sustains about 500 million people all around the world. The abundance of the ocean is evident in this.

The ocean holds some of the most amazing creatures alive. It seems to be made of only water, but in reality it’s an alliance between life, chemistry and geology. Each part complements the other perfectly.

However, we need to become aware of the consequences of our power: overfishing, global warming, depletion of resources, and pollution. In hardly 200 years we have disrupted billions of years of natural history. We no longer see the beauty of life, but only what this life can do for our species and what it enables us to produce for monetary gain. It looks like everything that lives around humans suffers from our existence because we have developed the bad habit of leaving our footprints everywhere we go.

Our ocean is suffering, and for as far back as we can remember no such change has ever been experienced. Scientists are worried because no one can tell for sure what the impact will be of the disappearance of marine life.

Planet Ocean is an international award-winning documentary directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot. Watch it now.

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4 responses to “Planet Ocean”

  1. Poetics says:

    This is the most breath-taking audio-visual narrative I have encountered on the majesty of the sea and the accompanying ego-centric, unthinking carnage of humanity. The narration is poetic and lyrical, as are the images. This should be the Summer blockbuster, not movie made from comic books!

  2. noboundryman says:

    The pain is so great, and the tragedy so profound, it’s as if we are witnessing a bloody mass murder of our own family before our eyes, as we sip our tea. Hundreds of millions of people are so poor, so uneducated, so steeped in myth, and superstition, clinging to fantasies, of bizarre philosophical lunacy that we run headlong to the slaughter. It’s not simply suicide, but a cosmically insane mass murder suicide, so ugly foul and psychotic that we must first soil, and debauch all beauty, all balance, all sweetness, and life, into a soup of excrement. The global fascist criminal cartels of pure despicable wanton thieving murderous greed, megalomaniacal pursuit of royal wealth, power, and prestige have set us ablaze, and pours gasoline in the flame every minute 24 hrs per day. Welcome to the glorious fascist dream of super vulture predatory criminal capitalist oblivion.
    Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go blow my brains out.

    • Sleepspree says:

      Should have prepared something to meaningfully contribute to what you’ve said. But I’ve a glass of wine and eyes full of tears. All I can say is ‘agreed’.

  3. family_guy13 says:

    The best crafted documentary I have watched. This film appeals to the very inner of our existence and how we are interconnected to everything in nature a just as god intended it to be. It is a great pity how the human factor has played to our own detriment as a species since the onset of industrialisation which has driven our greed through the roof plundering every resource on earth as super predators. Since watching it I have changed my view of just watching it as any other film due to the power of the movie to bring to the fore all the realities of our impact in everyday life and how far we have gone in destruction but all hope is not gone if this can be brought to everyone’s attention – lack of education and idiocy is the biggest threat.. I wish more people can watch it. I have undertaken to start playing a part in defending our planet..we have the power and intellect to do that.

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