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First Earth – Uncompromising ecological architecture

Posted by on July 13th 2012

“40% of the world’s energy and 40% of the raw materials on our planet are consumed by buildings.

75% of the trees in the United States are used in constructing buildings.

50% of the people on the planet live or work in buildings made of mud.”

FIRST EARTH is a documentary about the movement towards a massive paradigm shift for shelter — building healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself, and living together like in the old days, by recreating villages. It is a sprawling film, shot on location from the West Coast to West Africa. An audiovisual manifesto filmed over the course of 4 years and 4 continents, FIRST EARTH makes the case that earthen homes are the healthiest housing in the world; and that since it still takes a village to raise a healthy child, it is incumbent upon us to transform our suburban sprawl into eco-villages, a new North American dream.