FIG is a short, abstract film that asks the viewer to take a close look at the delicate make up of nature through the fig tree and to consider humans' increasing toll on the environment.
Audio excerpt from Noam Chomsky's speech "Lethal Mutation."
Music by Kai Engel "Puddle and Bars"
Excerpt from A Lethal Mutation
“The melting this summer was far faster that was predicted by the sophisticated computer models and the recent United Nations report.
It’s now predicted that the summer ice might be gone by 2020.
As dire the warnings are about the long term consequences of the heat trapping emissions, many of us fear that they may still be underestimating the speed and severity of the impending changes.
But governments have not responded to the change with any greater urgency about limiting greenhouse emissions. To the contrary, their main response has been to plan for exploitation of newly accessible minerals in the arctic, including drilling for more oil. That is, to accelerate the catastrophe.
It demonstrates an extraordinary willingness to sacrifice the lives of our children and grandchildren for short term gain.
Perhaps an equally remarkable willingness to shut our eyes.”
- Noam Chomsky