What were you doing on October 10, 2010? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone… and if asked what people in Belize, Kenya, Vietnam, or Canada were doing, you’d likely be very stumped. Furthermore, you might wonder “Why the hell does this matter?”
For many of us, it probably doesn’t… right now, anyway. But for the folks at One Day on Earth, October 10th was the day they asked “documentary filmmakers, students, and inspired citizens” to “[record] the human experience over a 24-hour period and [contribute] their voice to the largest participatory media event in history.” Filmmaker Kyle Ruddick is culling through and editing all of that raw footage into a single film (of regular feature length) that presents a snapshot of humanity, as well as a reminder “that every day we are alive there is hope and a choice to see a better future together.”
Sounds kind of cool as is, but what’s green about this? Well, for one thing, 10/10/10 was also the date for 350.org’s second Global Work Party for climate solutions… and some of these projects also made it into the footage submitted for the film. Other work aimed at global challenges also came in, meaning that at least parts of the film will be dedicated not just to just watching human beings living their lives, but also their joining together to create solutions.
Sounds both ambitious and inspiring… a way to put a face (well, faces) on the concept of diversity itself, as well as the multitude of issues that motivate us. As far as I can tell, no release date has been set, but check out the trailer above for an idea of what’s to come. And if what you see inspires you, consider kicking in a little to help support the film’s production.
Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog, St. Louis’ oldest continuously-published blog focused on environmental issues. Check out some of our recent posts on topics ranging from urban agriculture to successful reforestation projects, and keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter.