In this beautifully filmed documentary, we go on an adventure deep into one our planets greatest mysteries – the oceans. Directed by French filmmakers Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, the film uses images to guide us through the origins of the ocean, its depths, its mysteries and finally serving as reminder of the bond between humans and nature, emphasising the duty that every one of us has to respect and protect the oceans around us.
Our story begins over 4 billion years ago in a colony of fossils, that bacteria, who live at the surface of the ocean, called stromatolites. We are all descendants of this form of life, the most ancient known on earth, we all come from here, from the ocean. And now, there are 7 billion of us, we have shaped the world in our image, on the shores of the oceans we have built vast cities where we live in our millions. We have dug out ports, flattened islands to construct our factories. It’s these very oceans that have given us all the mineral riches of the world. We have yielded our oceans and planets materials, cutting and slicing, criss-crossing over 100,000 ships across the seas, all that lives, all that grows on earth will one day pass through our iron grasp.
It is these very oceans that over 500 million us rely on each year as a food source. We cast our 25 mile long fishing nets and dredge the seas for catch by the ton – estimated at 90 million ton per year. Data from a 2006 study by Science predicted that if our current catch rate continues, our planets fisheries will have collapsed by the year 2048. Since 1989, we have already seen a rapid decline for the most sought-after fish species such as Chilean sea bass, and blue-fin tuna. In a 2003 a scientific report concluded that industrial fishing had already reduced our oceans large fish to just 10 percent of their pre-industrial population.
In the brief time we have been on earth, we have managed to disrupt 4 billions years of worlds natural history. As a species we can no longer see the beauty of life but what it enables us to produce. Every other thing living on earth suffers at the hands of mankind. We leave our footprints everywhere we go.
Can we explain simply, to everyone, the greatest natural mystery of our planet? And lastly, can we help our children believe in a better and more sustainable world tomorrow?