'Nature Is Speaking': 'Mother Nature'

Julia Roberts narrates this installment of the game-changing environmental video series as Mother Nature—and tells you who's really in charge.
Oct 6, 2014·
TakePart Staff

Robert Redford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, and other actors narrate a series of videos released Monday by Conservation International designed to send a blunt message about humans’ impact on the planet: “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.”

Designed by advertising legend Lee Clow, who cocreated Apple’s seminal "1984" commercial, the Nature Is Speaking videos debuted Monday morning at the opening of the SXSW Eco conference. The initial six videos are gorgeous montages of oceans, forests, and deserts delivered alongside a message that isn’t so pretty.

The videos will be shown on Virgin America flights, Starwood Resorts will feature them on its hotel television network, and Pearl Jam will run the series at concerts, as will the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Nature Is Speaking also will be featured at the United Nations climate change conference in Lima, Peru, in December.