Native Planet challenges audiences to redefine humanity’s relationship with the environment
Native Planet, a new six-part documentary series takes audiences to the front lines of an Aboriginal-led fight for Mother Earth.
Last week, the series kicked off with the story of a Maori tribe’s effort to breath life back into a New Zealand lake decimated by industrial pollution. Subsequent episodes focus on the expansion of pipelines in Canada, the fallout of uranium pollution on the Navajo Nation, the movement to re-claim Hawaiian sovereignty, the devastation of the Amazon and the industrialization of native lands in northwest Australia.
“Native Planet takes our audiences behind the headlines to understand why First Peoples are opposed to global warming and large scale resource extraction on traditional native lands,” says Baker.
“Native Planet is ultimately about economic versus Aboriginal values, where we confront issues that may soon determine the balance of humanity on earth,” says co-producer Denis Paquette. “First Peoples have always lived in connection with the natural environment and in a time of unprecedented environmental change, it’s time we consider those values,” adds co-producer Carmen Henriquez.
Here is a sneak preview of episode two, featuring the Cofan Tribe in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest and their fight to protect their land and water from oil pollution: