Narrated by Liam Neeson, and presented in person by Director Sylvie Rokab, Love Thy Nature underscores how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature – and takes viewers on a cinematic journey that shows the ways a renewed connection with nature is key to our personal health and that of our planet.
Preceding the award-winning film, Ms. Rokab will be joined by Christopher Golden, PhD, Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, and the Trust for Public Lands’ Linda Hwang for a conversation about the connection between public health and the health of the planet that provides a global context for this year’s SHIFT.
Dr. Golden, an ecologist and epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an explorer and fellow at National Geographic, investigates the nexus of trends in global environmental change and human health.
Linda Hwang is the Managing Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Trust for Public Land, developing long-term strategy for one of the world’s largest conservation organizations.
Widely credited with spearheading the field of Environmental Cardiology, Dr. Bhatnagar is The Director of the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, which unites a multidisciplinary group to turn scientific discovery into actionable knowledge that can help build healthier cities.
ABOUT THE FILM: In Love Thy Nature, narrator Liam Neeson is the voice of “Sapiens” (our collective humankind) who, in the past few hundred years, has come to believe that we have transcended nature. Yet, experts uncover how a new era of nature-connection might soon be dawning: “Biomimicry” scientists look to the natural world for the most brilliant inventions, social ecologists unveil how nature restores our communities, and doctors are finding new ways in which nature heals the body, mind, and brain.
The winner of 27 awards, Love Thy Nature soothes our urban angst with the dazzling spectacles of our world, while showing that a renewed connection with nature is key to our personal health and the health of our planet. And Sapiens’ journey reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human.