Human Potential

While often we look towards technical solutions for protecting life on earth, we forget one of the most powerful resources: The potential of ordinary people.

People, often lead by one individual, have teared down dams, put multinational companies in their place, founded global environmental organizations, renewed governments, and also brought up surprising insights and connections through their intuition, wisdom, courage and integrity.

People educate and inspire others and are their heros. People persevere over decades and do not give up.

The challenges that are being faced today require a revolution in our way of thinking and our vision of ourselves in order to revolutionise our social and economic systems for the benefit of the whole world.

Here are the most remarkable movies on sustainability and ecology we know of related to the theme: Human Potential.

"When you meet chimps, you meet individual personalities. When a baby chimp looks at you it's just like a human baby. We have a responsibility to them." - Jane Goodall

Our Film Tips on "Human Potential"

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The Island President

The story of former president Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the survival of his country and everyone in it. A rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.
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Taking Root

Nobel Peace Price Winner Wangari Maathai knows how forests, erosion, water, soil, democracy and poverty are all interlinked. She has taught thousands of women to plant trees and started the African Green Belt Movement, which has planted over 50 million trees since 1977.
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Rise of the Eco-Warriors

A group of young people venture into Borneo's jungle to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants against the booming palm oil industry.
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Waste Land

What we throw away, does not go away: It simply ends up somewhere else. Brazilian Artist Vik Muniz realizes a project with outlawed trash pickers on one of the biggest landfills on the planet. They create artworks and gain a new perspective on themselves. International attention leads to a modern recycling center and a more dignified work place.
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I Am

World-famous director Tom Shadyac decided to make a change after suffering a near-death experience. Suddenly confronted with existential questions, he travels around the world to discuss these with brilliant individuals such as Desmond Tutu and David Suzuki.
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Jane's Journey

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist in order to devote all her energy to saving our endangered planet. One of the most inspiring women of the environmental movement, Dr Goodall has changed the way we view our responsibility to our closest animal relatives, chimpanzees.
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Planetary

Planetary is a contemplative but intense film that links our predilection of the self and our treatment of today's many challenges. Breathtaking footage of the Earth is complimented by the wisdom of interconnectivity.
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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Crazy or inspirational? Farmer John founded one of the first community supported agriculture projects after his family-farm ran up too many debts. Resisted at first by the local community, it brought many positive things to the area.
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Solartaxi

As a child. Louis Palmer dreamt of traveling around the world by means of a solar-powered car. In short, his dream came true. Palmer takes children, political leaders and even the UN Secretary General on a joyride around the world.

More Films on "Human Potential"

The Most Exciting Clips on "Human Potential"

This May: Break Free From Fossil Fuels

This May: Break Free From Fossil Fuels

Mother of All Rivers

Life in Syntropy

Life in Syntropy

Bolivian WALL-E: Teen Inventor Makes Robots Out Of Trash

Bolivian WALL-E: Teen Inventor Makes Robots Out Of Trash

Defined by the Line

Defined by the Line

The Fisherman’s Son

The Fisherman’s Son

A Good Day

A Good Day

Ancient Future: The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive Story

Wangaari Maathai - I will be a hummingbird

Wangaari Maathai - I will be a hummingbird

The Man Who Planted Trees

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Mile for Mile: A Film About Trail Running and Conservation in Patagonia

Mile for Mile: A Film About Trail Running and Conservation in Patagonia