Open your eyes! Pioneers around the globe are, right now, re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. You can do a lot to move things in the right direction, so just do it!

This was for me the revelation of “Tomorrow”, a film made by Melanie Laurent, Cyril Dion and a group of four other people. Their journey through the challenges and solutions of our times, documented in this film, resulted in the most inspiring documentary movie I have seen in the past few years (I am a fan of documentary movies!).

I didn’t know anything about the movie before I watched it. It was my husband’s choice. But what he read about the movie intrigued him and was, as he said, connected to the topic I have been exploring in recent years: what can help us to envisage a sustainable future?

This is for me a critical question for anyone interested in a greener, fairer and peaceful world, because I believe that the only way to shape the future is to start by imagining it. Only then can we take decisions to build it. If we don’t imagine it and try to build it, we will live in a world created by others…

The movie tells the film-makers’ journey from understanding the main challenges we have ahead to discovering a global network of people building now what they call “the world of tomorrow”.  Everything started after they read a special briefing for the journal Nature that announced the possible extinction of a part of existing species before the end of the 21st century. They then decided to carry out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what might lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it.

During their journey, they met people who explained the scale of our challenges and solutions, but also pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. The solutions are presented in six short chapters: Feeding Ourselves to Fight Eradication, Achieving the Energetic Transition, An Economy for Tomorrow, Reinventing Democracy, A New History of Education, Let’s Get Started.

Through their lenses, joining those concrete and positive actions – at individual, collective and political level – which are already working, we really begin to get a glimpse of what “the world of tomorrow” could be like.

Have a look! I am sure it will inspire you too!

For one minute of inspiration, click here

To learn more about the entire project, click here

by Nelmara Arbex