perspectivePerspective is the critical element in how you see the world around you; it is essentially the way you ask questions of your reality.

Often the solution to a problem is just a matter of reframing your question; your perspective.

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” – Werner Heisenberg

It is said that astronauts who look back at Earth from space experience a profound shift in their perspective of life and reality itself.

This shift is known as the Overview Effect.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

We are all connected; there is just one Earth.

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