The Big Picture - you are here
You are here
Have you ever written your address as. . . Earth, the Solar System, the Milky Way, the Universe?
There are between 30 and 50 trillion stars out there in somewhere between 80 to 140 billion galaxies but Earth is the only place we call home. It’s all we have (that is, until we catch up with Star Trek).
For life to survive and thrive here we need to get that we are all part of one natural world.
Without our fresh air, water, seas, fertile soils, forests, animals and plants we humans couldn't survive. Every thing, even the tiniest of bugs, has a role to play, including us.
Everything is connected - from deepest ocean to outer space - and what we do does make a difference.
Big Picture Award
Show us you get the Big Picture by entering The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge.
DOC is sponsoring the Big Picture Award which is given to a winning film focusing on one or more of DOC's Big Picture Ideas and Values.
How to get started
Watch past winning films
Watch videos about The Big Picture. Ruud ‘Bugman’ Kleinpaste and renowned story teller Joe Harawira explain how we depend upon nature in our day to day lives.
What are the Big Picture Ideas and Values?
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Here are the Big Ideas and Values to get your minds whirring.
The Big Ideas
Overarching all of these ideas, like a rainbow, is that idea that: People are part of the natural diversity of our planet. What we do does make a difference.
Everything is connected
Ko au ko te taiao, ko te taiao ko au
I am the environment, the environment is me
The planet’s diversity is critical to our survival
Toitū te marae a Tāne, Toitū te marae a Tangaroa, Toitū te Tangata
If we care for the resources of the land and the sea, we, the people, will survive
People are part of the natural world
He nohonga ngātahitanga ahau me te taiāo
We live as one with our natural world
Aotearoa/New Zealand is a special place because of its many unique species and ecosystems
Kāore he wāhi i kō atu i a Aotearoa me ōna koiora, me ona waahi ahurei
There is no place in the world like Aotearoa with its special biodiversity and unique ecosystems
These are drawn from the Māori perspective of the natural world and are described here by wonderful storyteller and DOC staff member Joe Harawira. Use these as a starting point to explore your own values about the natural world.
Download The Big Picture factsheet (PDF, 826K)
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