This tape features a documentary about the U.S. conservationist movement in the early seventies.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a blue screen.
00:22Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of an interview with a woman who talks about the importance in having meaning in life. This is followed by footage of an environmental activism group involved in a drum circle. There is also footage of a city street cut into the clip.
02:47Copy video clip URL Cut to an interview with a governmental official who talks about the positive and negative aspects of the human condition in relation to environmentalism. Shortly afterward, we watch as a farmer works his fields in the sun. A voiceover refers to humanity as “a big body.” “When we’ve got this body, humanity, functioning in a very healthy state, then all of these sicknesses which we know as poverty and feeling down, all these bad feelings would just disappear because we’ll have a healthy body which is humanity and all of the smaller things inside of it would of course be functioning healthily.” This is followed by footage of a environmental activism meeting. A representative talks about the importance in conserving energy in hopes to curb the world’s many decreasing resources. He talks about some of the specific practices one could do promote conservationism. Another man states that diseases like cancer are “mainly energy blockage.” He also states that those who practice total body culture know how to eat and how to keep their energy flowing.
06:11Copy video clip URL We watch close up shots of plants as a woman talks about the importance in being touch with Mother Nature. A woman sings a Native American folk song. We cut back to a shot of the government official who comments on the need for America to set an example for better environmental practices. We then see footage of a number of activists on aboard a truck participating in a drum circle.
08:22Copy video clip URL An activist comments on the disrespect of nature in the modern world. “When you’re living in the country or living close to nature you have respect for the ground because it’s providing for you, but when you live in big business you know, big places and you have big business and stuff like this, they lose respect for the ground you know? They lose respect for the trees. And these are the things that provided for us, you know in the first place and they’ve lost respect for it–and then in losing respect for Mother Earth, you lose respect for yourself, and in losing respect for yourself, you lose respect for fellow man, all of the plants, the animals no matter what they look like. You lose respect for life.”
09:06Copy video clip URL Cut back to footage of the drum circle aboard a truck. This eventually cuts back to more footage of the interview with the governmental official. He and a reporter debate over how the U.S. should go about stopping the “psychotic trend of war,” referring to the Vietnam War. The reporter eventually calls for a “people’s parliament” in government. The official remains open to the reporter’s ideas and asks him how he would go about achieving them. The reporter states that government officials must be “life-oriented leaders.”
12:34Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from a demonstration parade and gathering. Thousands of activists gather in a large square to publicly address the environmental issues they hold near and dear to their hearts.
14:07Copy video clip URL Environmental activists make a few comments at the public gathering. A woman reads aloud a proposal about the United Nations and their involvement in a ten year moratorium on the hunting, killing, and environmental poisoning of human beings. A UN representative makes a few remarks about the need to spread the environmentalist message. This followed by footage from around the event. We watch various clips as the camera pans back and forth to two television sets that display the footage.
19:36Copy video clip URL A man comments on the lack of awareness of the environmentalist message. This is followed by more environmental footage, Native American music, and credits.
21:58Copy video clip URL Cut to a black screen.
22:06Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of a kaleidoscope like graphic. A man can be heard performing what sound like a Native American folk song in the background. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.
33:08Copy video clip URL Tape ends.