Director: Christophe Cousin

Production: Via Découvertes & Tara Expéditions, (Fr) France, 2016,
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French, Spanish, Indonesian, Russian 50 mn

This film explores the deep ties that unite the climate, the ocean and people.
By going to meet those who live at the rate of the oceans, we hear from fishermen, sea nomads, ice meteorologists and marine scientists, the genuine sentinels of climatic upheavals, as the Climate Conference was being held in Paris.
Each person, at their own level, reveals the role of oceans in the climate system.
Yet danger is brewing. The proliferation of carbon dioxide causes changes which appear irreversible, and yet this body of water which covers two thirds of the planet is reacting.
Could the ocean, where life began, save us from a disaster in the making?

Director's statement

For a long time, discussions on climate change did not consider the ocean although it is one of the Earth’s main “lungs” …
It is time to take action before it is too late.
I wanted to make this film to demonstrate the key role that oceans play in regulating the major climate balances.

Christophe Cousin

Why we selected this film

Beautiful pictures, breath-taking landscapes and a journey to the furthest reaches of the oceans are used to present the people and lifestyles which are already suffering from global warming.
Touching, disorienting and captivating, this film takes us to Indonesia, Russia and Peru to meet endearing people, witnesses and victims of the disasters awaiting us all if we do not take action to protect the climate.
This stunning beauty is not the only thing that runs the risk of disappearing… we do too.


- FILMAR 2016, France : Prix de la Meilleure Image
- Blue Ocean Film Festival 2016 , Saint Petersburg USA : Honourable mention


Diminishing traditional resources

Traditional energy sources (oil, gas, uranium, carbon) are running out.
These sources aren't renewable, and their reserves are diminishing faster and faster: global consumption has increased by 75% in the past 30 years and doesn't show signs of slowing.
If we don't change our habits, we will surpass our planet's capacity for supplying traditional energy sources in the near future.

Water foot print

We also talk of virtual water. This is calculated by taking into account the volumes of water withdrawn or polluted to produce a product (but not its transportation to where it is consumed).
It takes :
- 1,000 liters of water to produce a liter of milk (water consumed by the cow, animal feed and washing);
- 3,920 liters to produce a kilogram of chicken (30 liters to drink and 6,630 liters to grow its feed (cereals and oils);
- 100 liters to produce a kilogram of cotton (mostly for irrigation);
- 15,155 liters of water to produce a kilogram of beef (120 liters to drink, 35 liters for washing and 15,000 liters to produce the feed the animal consumes.


We generate about 300 million tons of plastics a year and we estimate that 8 to 12 million tons end up in our oceans – the equivalent of a garbage truck every minute…

So let’s remember to recycle, refuse products with too much packaging and the ones with microbeads or even pick up trash on the beach.

Choose the train for long distances

An airplane requires six times as much energy as a train for the same distance. A roundtrip flight from Paris to Zurich, for example, emits 300 kg of CO2 per person, compared with only 48 kg of CO2 per person for the same round trip via train.
About 40% of flights travel less than 800 km, which means a distance that would be more efficiently covered by high speed train. The train is also more likely to land you in the center of a city.

Don't use disposable products

Always choose washable dishes and silverware. Kick your plastic dishware habit. If you don't have enough plates for a large gathering, borrow a few (they are generally washed up for the same price).


Radia · Friday January 25th, 2019 at 10:39 AM

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Beaj · Wednesday January 23rd, 2019 at 12:52 AM

De belles images, de belles paroles de bon sens, on respire dans ces espaces, mais pas emballé par le tout. Au delà de constats par témoignages ou informations ajoutées, divers messages des personnages certes touchent. Hélas ils sont dilués et à l’impact anecdotique face à ce qui est présenté des enjeux (le climat et la mer), le tout sans guère de solutions. On ne saisit que peu le plan ou logique. Je garderai l’image et le propos du jeune Vladimir, fort éclairé, qui explique qu’il nourrit ses gammares avec des cacahouètes et les trouve beaux en mimant leur queue je suppose: “ca y est je me suis transformé en gamin”. Ça fait du bien de sourire, c’est un début et un espoir.

Recht Sonia · Monday January 14th, 2019 at 06:23 PM

très instructif, merci

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