City Living, Nature Calling is the first in a documentary series that explores making cities more ecologically sustainable and looks at the environmental crisis in an evolutionary context, which makes climate change part of that “deep human history”.
Hosted and narrated by Dr Geoff Barry, City Living, Nature Calling explores the way modern societies have developed out of the agricultural and industrial revolutions, distancing humanity from close contact and identification with the more-than-human natural world.
It looks at the “ecological history” of humanity, including an overview of the way the agricultural revolution promoted a way of thinking about the earth as a set of resources rather than a home filled with extended kin.
Dr Geoff Barry says: “People naturally love their homes and want to protect their lifestyles. But modern life has gotten out of balance and we know we need to adapt to the ecological limits of the earth. In evolutionary terms, humanity spent most of its cultural history in close contact with the more-than-human nature all around us.
“But nowadays, the city has become our natural environment. Shifting our ‘homes’ from nature to cities fundamentally changes our thinking – and this is what leads us to the precipice of the ecological crisis.We live in a world where this tendency has been increased exponentially by the fossil fuel power of the industrial revolution.”
You can watch the first episode of City Living, Nature Calling below.
City Living, Nature Calling also recognises that human curiosity and inventiveness are innate, making technology part of the solution as well as part of the problem.
Dr Geoff Barry added: “We aim to help shift consciousness back towards treating the earth as a living home, filled with creatures and places we love, respect and defend. When people support this cause, they are supporting a movement towards positive change, the transformation of the human story on this planet back towards an ethic of care and compassionate co-existence, and away from the damage being done by exhaustive capitalistic industries.”
City Living, Nature Calling looks at ways to work with local places, improving our homes in cities and nature in line with learning about sustainable lifestyles and flourishing communities.
The second episode of City Living, Nature Calling will feature Australian Aboriginal elders and experts in ecological wisdom.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea