Director of the 6th Iran International Green Film Festival
If we were to get a cake and light candles to celebrate the birth of our beautiful home, planet Earth, we would need 4.5 billion candles! Our Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It took hundreds of millions of years for oceans to recede and lands to appear. Hundreds more for the layers of Earth’s crust to take shape. Hundreds more for the first living forms to appear; but it was only 2 million years ago that the first primates were born. Atmospheric effects, meteors’ impacts, extinction of dinosaurs and the birth of man have taken billions of years. New studies show that Earth has entered a new geological age. Scientists call this age Anthropocene. The most important feature of this age is the impact of humans on the planet and its atmosphere. These impacts that began with the extraction of fossil fuels and reached their peak with nuclear tests and radioactive emissions, will be detectable for millions of years on Earth’s stones and rocks. In the short time humans have lived on the planet, they have affected it so deeply that the results cannot be compared with billions of years of nature’s work. Climate change, typhoons, floods and tsunamis on one side of the world and drought and famine on the other side are outcomes of our behaviors. When will we wake up from this nightmare?
In hundred years from now, will there be a living Earth for us to light candles for?