Saturday, January 09, 2010

Film Avatar Sensitized Environment Protection

James Cameron's new movie Avatar is one of the hottest moovies in great discussion. The film is attracting lot of crowd in the theater because of the films computer generated effects and its science fiction theme, but everyone is leaving the theater with the unintended benefit of having rich information about the importance of environment protection. Film also gives us a glimpse of the future. As we are well aware that in the last year, researchers from NASA discovered water on the moon and there have already been discussions about the potential use of this resource. There is no doubt that this is very beneficial to humans on Earth but it may also have the negative impact on the ecology of the planet. Accordingly Avatar is set on the exomoon Pandora, where a wealth of natural resources is discovered. The year is 2154 and humans are attempting to exploit these resources but are challenged by the indigenous populations of Na'vi humanoid aliens.

The Pandora natives prevent humans from depleting their environment through mining. It's a plot line that motivates viewers to think and realize about the effects of construction, agriculture, deforestation and, of course, uncontrolled mining upon the land. The link to developing countries, where the impact of environmental degradation can have a momentous effect on individuals who rely primarily upon natural resources, rightly created. But film should also required to be highlighted the amount of harm made by the developed countries through different mechanisms.

This is a great movie in the sense that at least it sensitizes people regarding great problem of protection of the quality of environment and importance of food chain. Our Bollywood producers and directors must take some lessons from James Cameron to produce movies on important global issues those are relevant to human development instead of producing masala movies.

Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law,
KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India,
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