180 Degrees South is a documentary about adventure, fear of the unknown and preservation of nature. If you want to watch a movie with depth and meaning rather than some reality T.V. show, this one is for you!
I would like to elaborate on some key points that were made in the film about our choices as consumers. They make a point that “simplifying one’s life is the hardest thing to do.” I believe this to be true because as society continues to rapidly advance, we all get caught up in commotion and we begin to forget how our behaviors as consumers affects the environment and our health.
“It is easy for us to blindly consume when we don’t see the effect we have on other places.” and “Most damage that is caused by consumers is unintentional.”
The documentary further points out that we can’t take open country (nature that has been untouched) for granted because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. There is no turning back. This is the reason why we as people need to live with awareness and intention. We need to be knowledgable about where the products we consume come from. We need to know that the people who produce our goods are getting treated and paid fairly. We need to consider the harm we are doing to the planet by choosing products that pollute the are with chemicals. Because when it comes down to it, the environment that we live in, the air that we breathe, directly affects the quality of our health and the quality of life for generations to come.
If we live life with intention then we at least know that we are not doing further harm. If we live life blindly then we are contributing the problem.