As we mark Earth Day 2020, you may not have noticed a small animated gem twinkling in the Apple TV line up. But, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth is a truly delightful short film based on Oliver Jeffers book of the same name. Its beautiful and bright animation lighting up the screen as it explores the rich diversity of our spinning home through the eyes of a seven year old (Jacob Tremblay) and his parents (Chris O’Dowd and Ruth Negga). As a trip to the magical Museum of Everything opens his eyes to the world around him. While his own parents curiosity and love of nature sparks his creativity and passion for our amazing, rich, abundant and special planet.
But don’t be fooled into thinking this short piece of animation is purely for Kids, as it also carries an important message for us adults. That we should never loose a sense of wonder in the environment around us. Or think that our own short journey cannot effect change. Whether that be through instilling a sense of wonder, hope and care in our own children, nephews and nieces. Or whether that be through our own actions, dedication and tenacity. After all if we search deep enough, the curiosity and wonder of our inner child still sits waiting for a resurgence in each and every one us.