‘The planet is going to have a population of 10 billion inhabitants by 2050; projections tell us we have to raise our current food production capacity by 70%. If we continue doing things the way we have up to now, this won’t be possible. And that is where the need arises to rethink how we farm to do more with less.’
Co-founder and CEO of AgroUrbana
‘There is no planet B that we can escape to’, says Andrés Jordán, another central figure in the film. ‘It’s our job to care for the one that enabled our existence.’
Andrés is an astrophysicist known around the world for his role in HATSouth, a global project to search for extra solar planets using telescopes spread over three continents: South America, Africa and Australia.
This was the inspiration to start his own observatory, El Sauce, in the Southern Atacama Desert in the Coquimbo Region.
Caring for water
Natalia Rebolledo and Nicolás Schneider, creators of Fundación Un Alto en el Desierto (A Stop in the Desert Foundation), are seeking to raise awareness about water care in the Coquimbo Region, especially in rural schools where there is a lack of drinking water.
The network is made up of 30 rural schools that have recovered two million litres of water to create common green spaces, by installing rainwater storage systems and fog catchers and reusing grey water.
They have already installed 29 fog catchers over an area of 250 square metres. The area is one of the most important cloud oases in Chile and the region.
‘Without water there are no crops’, Natalia and Nicolás warn. ‘Livestock farming declines over time. Rural-urban migration increases. Towns are left with no young people. Rural schools have fewer and fewer students. And when there are no children in the schools, the towns die too; they grow old.’
Stories to stir the soul
The testimonies of Andrés, Cristián, Natalia and Nicolás are examples of civil organisation in the fight against climate change shown in the documentary.
I am the Earth tells the stories of six further activists from different parts of Chile.
Featured activist Rodrigo Delmaestro has spent years studying how to obtain energy that causes the least environmental impact in the southern Magallanes Region, taking advantage of the area’s renewable energy potential, focusing in particular on wind energy and carbon-neutral fuel.
The documentary shows the exemplary work these activists are carrying out, through nine stories that stir the soul and invite you to follow suit.