I am promoting the use of renewable energy through this
and my music.
But there are a lot of other people out there also doing something in their own special way to contribute
to solving environmental problems. I ask each interviewee only five questions.
M*A*S*H actor Mike Farrell
clears the 5Q-interview-stage for
This is the sound designer and music supervisor of the international award winning
and several other documentaries. He is also a multi award winning
filmmaker - e.g. Genie award for his film
and a writer.
1) Save the earth…why?
Because we are part of the earth, part of the web of life, inextricably. We exist in relationship
to each other, and all living things. This is the true heart of all spiritual paths, and is well
understood by modern science. In Buddhism, this is what Thich Nhat Hahn calls "inter-being", [and]
in science [the] Living systems theory states that we are all part of an interconnected system
of systems - there is no separation. Each time another species disappears, a part of us dies.
Another limb is lost.
We are on an incredible 14 billion year journey from hydrogen atoms to life -
nothing short of a miracle. Unless we are numbed, desensitized, our natural heart cares about
2) What, in your opinion would be the most realistic way
to solve the climate problems we are facing?
There is no one solution, but there are three main ways we need to address the problems we
are facing. First, taking direct action to stop the destruction of rainforests and ecosystems
while they are still left.
Secondly, creating sustainable alternatives to the industrial growth
And finally, something often neglected by activists, but absolutely vital: we must create
an inner revolution, a complete shift in the way we relate to each other and the planet,
a move from the immature, egoist consciousness that dominates the world and our media, to a
world centric vision, a spacious perspective rooted in Agape Love - a recognition, a deep
heartfelt understanding, of the radical interdependence of everything. There is no separation!
3) Do you think that anyone can be -or has the personality to be- "green"?
Certainly - it's inherent and natural, and needn't be forced. But allow it to come from within,
not from an intellectual understanding, but from simply allowing your true Self, your authentic
being to emerge. You will naturally become ecologically aware.
4) How do you think music can contribute to protecting the environment?
Music is a tremendous uniting force - it cuts across boundaries, it is universal. It can call
us to a soulful depth - offering the chance to mourn the losses, and to celebrate the beauty.
Deep ecologist Thomas Berry says that "the human is that being in who universe reflects on and
knows itself - so the role of the human is to celebrate."
Music can be a divine expression of
celebration, and can open our hearts, inspiring action and compassion.
5) And finally: who would you recommend to also ask the questions you just answered?
Next up is environmentalist and agricultural activist
In Turtuga Blanku's 5Q-interview series so far:
1) Award-winning eco-expert Simran Sethi
2) Environmental photojournalist
3) Saxophone playing physicist turned journalist
4) Ecocity Builders' President
5) M*A*S*H actor
6) Filmmaker and sound designer
7) Environmentalist and agricultural activist
8) 'The World Without Us' author