UPDATE: Missed it on NBC? Watch the film now on Hulu!
“This is a call to action… With any luck it might start a movement.” So begins and ends the NBC presentation of Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World — a film (and book) by HRH Prince Charles. At once deeply practical and profoundly holistic, the film impresses with its thoughtfulness, commitment and beauty, leaving us knowing the time is now and it is possible to save our planet and restore man’s harmony with nature.
As described by the Prince, reducing poverty, increasing food production, and sustaining economic development are vital priorities. Yet while most people are, perhaps rightly so, deeply concerned about our future and the prospects of failure, the Prince passionately asks us to “imagine a healthier, safer and more sustainable, economically robust world — consider the opportunities if we succeed…!” The optimism continues with Dr. Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental leader, who says, “There is so much beauty to celebrate… there’s such humanity in people, I think we just have to open our eyes to it.”
The film makes the case not only for the necessity of changing our ways, but also for the viability of sustainable alternatives such as organic farming or harvesting renewable wood and paper rather than cutting down the rainforests. Making sweeping changes, especially to go against the established ways, is never easy — but is vitally important if we are to succeed. Valerie Langer, who helped lead the rain forest preservation movement in Canada, detailed what it took to make a difference:
- We have a world that needs changing.
- We need to step out of our comfort zones and work with people we never thought we would work with.
- We have to start listening to what the other side wants — once we can do that, we start to see our common interests and can try to work out some solutions.
- It takes a tremendous amount of respect — you have to give it to expect it in return.