Please review the 2009 movie Avatar. In particular, focus on the environmental problem(s) presented and any proposed solution(s). Why is this a problem, is the solution viable, are there comparable situations you know about or a personal experience that relates to the movie theme? What can we learn from the problem tackled by the movie?

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The environmental problems presented in Avatar, one of the highest grossing films ever, is that humans have ruined earth with their wasteful actions. This is a problem because the brown planet can no longer sustain life.

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The environmental problems presented in Avatar, one of the highest grossing films ever, is that humans have ruined earth with their wasteful actions. This is a problem because the brown planet can no longer sustain life.

The proposed solution they come up with in the film is to conquer another planet, Pandora, which can support life. James Cameron tells the story of humans who voyage to Pandora and try to destroy the native population, the Na'vi, in order to take over the planet for their own use. Ultimately, their goal is to mine the precious minerals on Pandora. A message inherent in the movie is that if humans are successful in conquering Pandora, they will ultimately ruin it as they have ruined earth.

Cameron has acknowledged that climate change influenced him in the production of Avatar. There is a sustainability message at the film's core. Unlike the humans, the Na’vi reside harmoniously with nature. According to their beliefs, all living creatures are interconnected with one another and with nature. They recognize that their actions can potentially cause harm to their world. Despite the odds, the Na'vi fight back and the human would-be conquerors are repelled successfully.

The solution to human degradation of earth, as presented in Avatar, is not viable for a couple of major reasons. First, how can humans realistically expect to find another planet in the solar system that can support life and conquer it? Moreover, if there were life on the target planet, how realistic or ethical is it to embark upon an invasion?

Avatar presented an extreme in order to underscore the importance of launching stringent sustainability actions on earth. We can draw some comparison to actions taken by Elon Musk, for one, who is a big proponent of sustainability. The introduction of the electric battery-charged Tesla is a good example of finding a solution and he has also launched Space-X to explore space.

What we should learn from the problem tackled by the movie is to practice green actions ourselves. We should focus on our individual carbon footprints and try to minimize our waste output as much as possible. What does this involve? Well, for one, some easy changes include turning lights off when they are not required, not running the water tap for as long as we do and even shortening our shower time, as well as eschewing plastic bags for reusable ones when we shop. We also must help to stop wider environmental degradation like unsustainable mining or oil spills.

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