Updated: Apr 13, 2018
I'm so excited for today's post because we are celebrating a birthday! Miss Becky from Disney In Your Day is turning 30 today!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BECKY! For her 30th B-Day she has been giving away some of her favorite Disney items on her site. And today is a special one close to my heart... A Wall-E Mug!
Becky runs the Disney in Your Day blog and talks EVERYTHING Disney. I miss going to Disney so much. I used to go all the time when I lived in Celebration, FL and I love following her Blog because she talks about literally everything Disney. From Subscription Boxes to Disney Themed Dinners she's got it!! I hope you check her site out because it is full of joy and fun! When she asked for a guest blogger I jumped at the suggestion because not only do I love Disney but Wall-E is right up my alley in terms of geekery and science!!!
Wall-E is one of my favorite Disney Sci-Fi movies and presents so many important themes that we are currently dealing with in today's society! As many of you know, I am also a co-host on the podcast Sci-Fi2K where we discuss pop culture science-fiction and real life science! We've had the discussion many times about the state of the planet, plastics, recycling, climate change, obesity, reliance on technology and what we can do as humans to better ourselves and our home Earth. One of the most mesmerizing scenes from that movie is Wall-E flying through space and having to travel through an orbit of trash around Earth. Thankfully, humans today are already taking huge steps to rectify the current state of the trash in our orbit and on our planet!
I've had the opportunity to talk with scientists, conservationists, activists and so forth on the show and they all agree on one thing... If each person individually contributes more by helping to eliminate our carbon footprint we can prevent doing more damage to our planet. However, if we do not then the outcome is surely to be like the beginning scene in Wall-E, mountains and mountains of dirt! My purpose in stating all this is to not have you, the audience, dwell on what has already happened. Instead, I want you to be inspired to pursue change!
Amanda Sargent, a well known conservationist and herpetologist in the Metro-Atlanta area said, "I love how the entire premise of the movie is subtly set on an Earth that was ruined by humans, and how it’s actually extremely tragic but it doesn’t focus on that, like the story is found within it, and somehow that makes the fact that it takes place on destroyed earth all the more haunting." I think it is so true, and that is one of the things I love about this movie. There are so many instances of being able to find beauty within the ruins. It gives us a glimpse of what our future could be like if we take for granted the world around us. There are a lot of things that you can do today to help keep our planet Green and Clean!! Amanda actually started a group called Everyday Conservation on Facebook where you can find events in your area, learn how to be a citizen conservationists, connect with other conservationists and more!
I had to add some comments from other conservationists in after I published this post early this morning...because these were SOOO good!!
Dayna Reggero from The Climate Listening Project actually got to meet Wall-E from the Maker Faire!!! She shared this image with us:
How freaking cute is that???
She also shared this sentiment, "I love how the film centers around the hope that can come from love for each other and our earth - and how just one person (or robot) can make change." So true, Dayna!!
Kait Birghenthal had a lot to say regarding the movie and all of her points I totally agreed with. Kait works at the New England Aquarium! I really enjoyed what Kait had to say here, "Wall-E, as a character, is an archetype for planetary systems continuing long after us. He continues on ‘business as usual’, doing what he is meant to- as the earth would attempt to do if we ever were to vanish from the planet. (Coincidentally, if you’ve never read ‘The World Without Us’, it talks about this idea of ‘how long until the natural flow of our planet could begin to rectify our wrongs’, awesome read!)."
I personally have not read The World Without Us, but looks like I have a new book to add to my reading list!! If you would like to purchase the book please feel free to click the link on the image below that uses my Amazon Associates code to help support the blog!
Wall-E spurred such an interesting conversation amongst my friends and colleagues. It's been 10 years since the movie came out and there are still so many relevant themes in the movie. I hope it inspires you to make small changes in your life that will add up to big changes for our planet Earth!
I love that Becky is doing this Giveaway because she is allowing items that meant a lot to her, to go out and find new purpose in other people's homes! Cheers to Becky for turning 30 and sharing her love for Disney with the rest of us!!! Her post about the giveaway is going live later this afternoon, but guess what??!!! You can enter the giveaway early by going to the link here!