What is it going to take for more of us to wake up and realise just how important each and every little choice that we make every day affects not only our lives, but the lives of our loved ones, future generations, the environment, animals or possibility for there to even be a future for our loved ones? This may sound dramatic. But is it? After watching Revolution I am inspired, and I am beginning to wonder ‘what else is possible’?
My love for the ocean and this beautiful planet grows more and more every day as I look out my balcony to the sea, watching the birds, the trees, the breathtaking sunsets, and the beautiful feeling that vibrates through every single cell of my body when I swim in the ocean. This is what drives me to make conscious choices.
And by conscious choices, this is what I mean in this instance: We all make decisions each and every day about how we choose to live our life, the products we choose to purchase, and how we vote with our dollar. Every time you buy a product you are saying to that company, ‘keep on doing what you are doing.’ You are supporting everything that company does: every source of raw material, every packaging solution, every environmental standard that they are undertaking, every form of employee relations, every marketing choice.
With all the social media, inspirational quotes and sharing that we do these days, there is one quote that always seems to get me pondering:
be the change you wish to see in the world
Please don’t mistake me. I love this quote. But how many of us are truly living this? How many of us are be-ing the changes that we wish to see in the world? What choices are we making each day that align with our desires for the world?
If you are someone who can’t bear the thought of animal cruelty, and wish for it to stop, then stop voting with your dollar to perpetuate this atrocity. Whether that be with a weekly shop at your supermarket for factory farmed meat and dairy or mainstream beauty products that still go about animal testing. If you are shocked by the bee population at threat, then stop buying pesticide-laden groceries. There are so many more examples like this of seemingly insignificant daily choices.
Do we honestly think that a change is going to happen in the world when we are supporting the very ‘thing’ that we wish would stop? It’s simply a matter of choice. If you don’t like something, change it. And yes, I know this can sometimes be a challenging one, especially when it comes to habits that we feel are a part of us. But I promise you, ANYTHING is possible, and ANYTHING can be changed, if you would only choose it.
If you think that one person can’t make a difference, you are surely mistaken. As shown within Revolution – the brilliant new movie from award-winning Sharkwater filmmaker Rob Stewart.
If you do one thing this week, watch Revolution.
Revolution is a heart-wrenching film that sheds light on crucial environmental topics and how we can make a difference. But it’s not just about the environment – it’s a film about hope and inspiration, with a call-to-action to help alleviate the damage that we’ve already done.
What I loved most about this film was that it ended with a great message … a message that I strongly believe in … that you can create whatever life you wish to create, and whatever future you desire – the choice is yours. Revolution is not about fighting against something. It’s about creating what you wish to see in the world.
Watch Revolution here
About the Director
Rob Stewart is the filmmaker and environmental activist behind the movies Sharkwater (2006) and Revolution (2015). His love of nature drove him at first to pursue a career as a wildlife photojournalist and scuba diver. That trajectory of Stewart’s life changed after he witnessed the practice of long-lining in supposedly protected marine areas in the Galapagos Islands. He put aside his already successful photography career to raise awareness about the threatened global shark population through documentary filmmaking.
Revolution premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already gone on to win ten awards, including the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.