Nature Finally Talks Back—And It Has Some Tough Words for Us

Candice Gaukel Andrews October 21, 2014 9
Redwood forest

Nature is talking back. In the film “The Redwood,” a big tree says that we humans act as if we had an extra planet, just lying around. ©From the film “The Redwood” by Conservation International

I’m not sure when the conversation about keeping our air and water clean and conserving our natural resources and wildlife became such a political, polarizing issue. I do know that it happened within the last 50 years, however, since in 1964, Congress was able to pass a bill with a Senate vote of 73–12 and House vote of 373–1 to create The Wilderness Act. It’s hard to imagine such bipartisan support for nature in today’s Congress.

The truth is—and what we tend to forget—is that while we are eminently and critically dependent on nature, nature doesn’t need us at all. If we abuse it, it will get rid of us and go on. The power is really in nature’s hands. And it’s a good bet that if nature could talk to us in our own language, it would probably say that in the long run, it doesn’t matter much to it whether we’re here or not.

Recently, Conservation International took that bet. The organization decided to give nature a chance to speak—and it’s got some tough talk for us. Below, watch and listen to the words from the ocean, the soil, the water, the redwood and Mother Nature, herself. Actors Harrison Ford, Edward Norton (also the United Nations Ambassador for Biodiversity), Penelope Cruz, Lena and Robert Redford, and Julia Roberts lent their voices.

The ocean and the rain forest had some particularly harsh—but well-deserved—words for us. But perhaps the old redwood said it best when it stated that humans act like they’ve got an extra planet, just lying around.

News flash: we don’t.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,









  1. katkin November 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Humans are also nature but have forgotten perhaps!

  2. Heddi Chappelle October 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply


  3. Lawan Bukar Marguba October 25, 2014 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Thank you, Candice. You have made it very easy to communicate with friends on these vital facts that will come handy in spreading the conservation gospel.

  4. Nadine K October 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Utterly brilliant; & so very poignant; ABOUT TIME! These should be run on every television station in every country several times each & every day. They should be run at least once a day in every government & parliament building. Every’big business’ especially logging etc. should be forced to watch these video clips every single day!They must become the mantra by which all human activity is guided! Only then……only then, will this beautiful world & all the wildlife; marine life therein – as well as humans become balanced; therefore healthy; sustainable!

  5. Hala Elbarmil October 23, 2014 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing! It is really an eye opener. I re-posted it on Twitter and LinkedIn. 🙂

  6. Sinnadurai Sripadmanaban October 23, 2014 at 8:37 am - Reply

    If we don’t conserve nature our future generations will be deprived of natural beauty of land,water, air,sea,animals,birds,trees etc

  7. Godfrey Muchunguzi Oyema October 22, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the links. I have watched all clips one after another. It’s a shame we humans at times we act so blindly and deaf. I am so scared when the nature notably the ocean says “IF NATURE ISN’T KEPT HEALTHY HUMANS WON’T SURVIVE, simple as that” it further says “I GIVE AND I CAN TAKE BACK”. These concerns are no jokes and if we don’t change our attitude towards nature we will be left with nobody to blame but blame ourselves. I always tell people, conserving nature is not option it is a must that everyone of us has to go for it. I end by saying ” NATURE NEEDS NOTHING FROM US BUT WE CAN’T GO ON A SINGLE SECOND WITHOUT IT”

  8. Thomas Sawyer October 22, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

    How can one not be both saddened and angered at those who may be in disbelief of these messages-merely from what they do not see or cannot believe by going no further than their own neighborhoods.

  9. Stephen Penberthy October 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Brilliant awareness!

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