Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Marina Silva briefs James Cameron
(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil's Senator and presidential candidate of the Green Party Marina Silva, met with Hollywood film maker James Cameron, in Sao Paulo, Sunday, April 11, 2010 and briefed him on the environmental challenges facing AmazĂ´nia and indigenous cultures.

James Cameron has been in Brazil to offer help to the coalition of environmentalists and indigenous peoples who have been in a long-time struggle against the Belo Monte dam, which Cameron calls, "a real life 'Avatar'." He also says that he is collecting information for a sequel to the movie.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Avatar 2.0 was able to tell a story of terra preta and biochar? It would be an audaciously HOPEFUL story and much more realistic than the romance of forest dwellers defeating the juggernaut of modern civilization in an epic war.

Avatar 2.0 could be the story in which the wisdom of ancient cultures leads modern civilization back from the brink of disaster by showing how agriculture might become earth healing and renewing, thus saving the forest, indigenous cultures and all of us.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Including terra preta in Avatar 2 is a brilliant idea!
Biochar and terra preta made possible the existence of large native populations along the Xingu River until the Portuguese and Spanish arrived. So it is most appropriate to the history of Brazil's natives continually being displaced by western invaders.

This is one example of what should become a major genre: movies showing all the "low tech" technologies that allow us to, beyond survival, recreate a paradise on earth.

Examples of low technologies: permaculture, square foot gardening, solar greenhouses, solar cooking, dehydration, solar electricity...and the traditional areas like alternative medicine, midwifery, natural materials construction, carbohydrate chemistry, vegetarian gourmet cuisine, conflict resolution, ecovillage living, and much more.

The movies are uniquely able to project the shared vision of a better world as our only alternative to extinction.

Artists will play an essential role in educating and informing the public about steps each individual can take in co-creating what Albert Bates calls the Great Change.

Frank Michael