A wide shot of our kin, on Nat Geo’s ‘most ambitious’ docu

Posted on November 8, 2010


Billing it as its most ambitious documentary, National Geographic premiered tonight the seven-part series titled ‘Great Migrations,’ which for the first time will extensively show “the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.” 

Produced in three years and shot in high definition, “from land and air, in trees and cliff-binds, on ice floes and underwater,” the documentary plucks us out of our mundane concerns and opens our eyes to a wider, much more mysterious planet now under threat.  

The series, which will run until December, will serve as a poignant reflection on our role as stewards in the community of beings. Paul in his letter to the Romans says, “No one lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself” (14, 7). The scourge of global warming — which has forced humans and animals alike to migrate from familiar ways of living — calls for a fresh understanding of this passage, a more inclusive way of viewing community and kin.

We should not, in a planet in crisis, reserve Christian compassion for fellow human beings.

‘Great Migrations’: Move as millions. Survive as one.