Every once in awhile we see a documentary that has the ability to not only change lives but, perhaps, the world. When I saw “Kiss the Ground” last week on Netflix, I realized it was one of those films.
I have to admit that I have read a number of books and seen a lot of documentaries in the last decade or so about Global Warming. Most of them do a really good job of illustrating the problem and the causes. They often talk about ways that either I or the “collective we” can reduce our carbon footprint. Some of their ideas are great and some of them are very difficult to enact because of cost and the impact on our lives or are just not very practical for middle-class, mainstream communities. Just about all these documentaries and books have done an awesome job of explaining the dire consequences if we fail to do anything.
I think the reason these books and documentaries spend a lot of time on consequences is that they think it will motivate us into taking action, but mostly they just make me feel overwhelmed, inadequate and sometimes just resigned to a world on the brink of ecological collapse. That doesn’t mean I quit recycling or don’t support a carbon tax; I just am never really sure that it will make a difference.
This particular documentary filled me with hope! As a person with an agricultural education and someone who was a farmer for over 20 years, it not only brings together things that I have known for years, it shows how, by caring for the earth, we can not only slow down Global Warming, we can actually reverse it. How awesome is that!
I don’t want to steal the documentary's thunder but I have been preaching for years on how today’s agricultural practices benefit corporations, not farmers. A holistic approach to food production also means that we get to eat healthier food, we can stop the desertification of much of our farmland, we can reverse global poverty in areas that are no longer self-sufficient in food production, and we can even practise animal husbandry in a much more humane way.
Grass fed steaks, chemical free vegetables, healthy soil and reverse global warming. Does it get any better? I think as Christians, we are fundamentally a people of hope. After another summer of devastating forest fires and storms of apocalyptic proportions, we could use some hope! This movie filled me with hope and it’s available on Netfix, and will soon be available to live stream. If enough of us see it, and are interested, we could gather in the hall or by Zoom to discuss it in early November. Just e-mail me to let me know what you think.
If you click on the link it will take you to the trailer.
Enjoy and be blessed!