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“A better world doesn’t begin with me, but all of us.”

Rutger Bregman: ‘Humankind: A Hopeful History’

Each year our demand for ecological resources exceeds what our planet can regenerate in that time. For example, the USA consumes the equivalent of five Earths’ worth of the planet’s natural resources in one year, while in Qatar it’s a staggering 9.3 Earths. Globally, people consume an average of 1.7 Earth’s worth of resources each year. We maintain this ecological deficit by overusing ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Nine Earths is an environmental documentary that explores the relationship between everyday events and humanity’s excessive demand for the Earth’s resources. Blending participatory and observational types of documentary, Nine Earths features a mosaic of day-to-day life, using footage shot by collaborators from around the world. The artwork reveals global consumption patterns through the lens of climate justice and takes audiences on an audiovisual journey through multiple locations, highlighting individual voices and stories. Nine Earths looks into the relationships between consumption levels of countries and individuals, cultural differences and similarities, and how we are all inextricably connected.

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Instead of presenting overwhelming scientific data and stereotypical imagery of climate emergency, Nine Earths takes a closer look at daily routines of people across the world and draws attention to the accelerating consumption—the driving cause of climate change. Using visual ethnography, imagery, sound, and candid interviews, Nine Earths presents people’s perceptions of consumption and reveals lifestyle choices that, often unwittingly, impact our planet.

“A better world doesn’t begin with me, but with all of us,” states Rutger Bregman in ‘Humankind: A Hopeful History,’ a book that considers how humans can use our inherently good nature to build a better society. Nine Earths steers away from the grip of guilt by sharing insights into global concerns and hopes, hence empowering people to become an active part of the conversation on climate change.

Nine Earths has been developed in collaboration with researchers and scientists across the globe, including Professor Mark Maslin (University College London), Professor Julie Doyle, (University of Brighton), and Professor Kevin Walker (Coventry University). The project is a collaboration between D-Fuse and partners around the globe, partners include Metal (UK), RMIT University (Vietnam), Maya Chami (Lebanon), Sembilan Matahari (Indonesia), Musica Estranha and Multiplicidade (Brazil).

As one of the project partners, on Sat 20 November at 12 pm, Metal Liverpool will hold a public live event binging together our global partners and project participants, to give audiences a deeper insight of the shared worries, hopes, research and the creative ideas for positive change.

Nine Earths is supported by the British Council’s Creative Commissions programme, a series of creative commissions exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology as part of The Climate Connection global initiative.

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Full Credits

Director, Artist and Creator
Mike Faulkner | D-Fuse

Marek Wolynski | D-Fuse

Associate Producer
Vladislav Severtsev

Lead Production Partner

Porduction Partners
Maya Chami (Lebanon)
Andrew Stiff | RMIT Univeristy (Vietnam)
Adi Panuntun | Sembilan Matahari (Indonesia)
Thiago Cury | Musica Estranha (Brazil)
Batman Zavareze | Multiplicidade (Brazil)

Researcher and Concept Advisor
Kevin Walker | Associate Professor of Immersive Media, Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University

Climate Change Advisor
Mark Maslin | Professor of Earth System Science, University College London, Author of “How to Save Our Planet: The Facts” (Penguin)

Climate Communication Advisor
Julie Doyle | Professor of Media and Communication, School of Art and Media, Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics, University of Brighton

Music Composer
Robin Rimbaud – Scanner

Creative Developer
Toby Harris | D-Fuse

Design and Animation Optimization
Ben Sheppee | Observatory Creative

Creative Consultant
Glenn Rickwood | D-Fuse

Design Advisors
Christian Küsters | CHK Design
Tomi Vollauschek | FL@33

Strategy & Fundraising Consultant
Cathy Waller

Contributing Videographers
Alan James Burns, Alexandra Severtseva, Alison Hewitt-Haynes, Bui Hoang Ngoc Nhi, Bui Le Mai Tram, Coraci Ruiz, Daze Aghaji, Doan Le Minh Thy, Hal Bishop, Jaison Lara, Jessica Hewitt-Haynes, Jimmy Howe, João de Oliveira, Julia Mozgawa, Le Hoang Phuong Thao, Le Thao Vi, Liling Lu, Mai Thuy Luong, Mufti Widi Utama, Nguyen Nhat Chi Mai, Nguyen Quang Khai, Nguyen Thi Khanh Trang, Nguyen Tri Dat, Niloo Sharifi, Omar Castaneda, Raphael Makau, Samuel Estovos, Sarah Lord, Tabrez Ahmad, Tran Truong Nhat Huy, Victor Rodrigues de Carvalho

Special Thanks
Jen Porter | Senior Project Manager, Metal, Jenny White, Matthias Kispert, Axel Stockburger, Richard Fenwick, Rosanna Lewis, Angie Dickinson, Ulrich Schrauth, Rutger Bregman, Shivant Jhagroe, Watershed