The water has taken over us. It happened back in the days when we were carelessly still enjoying the exhilaration of the weightlessness with which the water surrounded us and let us float in its infinite space. The water showed us the wildlife and opened all our senses to teach us to perceive other animals. To show us how to interact with them in a realistic way. So we began to perceive the stories of the water and its inhabitants, and gradually we realised that they were getting sadder and sadder. Humans have been changing the land for millennia, and these changes have become so much a part of our lives that we don't even notice them anymore. We can no longer distinguish between what is still right and what is already wrong. However, water and aquatic ecosystems have been suffering from human greed, especially in the last few decades. The changes hiding beneath the surface are drastic and dramatically rapid.
After decades of learning about and documenting aquatic ecosystems, we have come to believe that we have a debt and an obligation to repay the water for the amazing experiences and to show all people the stories it writes with us. Stories that document how barbaric we are treating our own planet. To make people think, to show them how crucial it is to change our attitudes, to change our actions, to strengthen our civic engagement and to lead a responsible lifestyle.
This is how the "Požičaná planéta" programme was born. We have created a unique team consisting of experts from the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Constantine the Philosopher's University in Nitra and primary school teachers across Slovakia, who contribute significantly not only to the fulfilment of the programme's objectives, but also to its testing in primary schools.
"Požičaná planéta" has become a programme that presents the key themes of sustainable development in an engaging and understandable way. Through 20 unique film documentaries, many stories, but also environmental activities, which eventually became the core of the programme, we want to promote education in families and education in schools.
In 2019, the programme was awarded two National Business Awards for the Environment in Slovakia - in the product category and in the category of contribution to biodiversity conservation and was nominated for the European Business Awards for the Environment 2020-2021. The programme is under the auspices of the Slovak Commission for Education, Science and Culture of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
That's how we went from divers to documentary filmmakers and passionate promoters of sustainable development. Because humanity today, in order to protect life on our planet, has no more important task than to halt climate change, the loss of biodiversity, the incalculable ecological debt and to embark on a path of sustainable development for our civilisation. This is our belief and this is what we want to contribute to through the "Požičaná planéta" programme.
owner of dive 2000 production, s.r.o., diving instructor: Instructor Trimix TSA TI70986SK, Advanced EANx Instructor IANTD 4033 Author of „Cesty za tichom“ and „Požičaná planéta I.-V.“ Screenwriter, cameraman and director of documentary films, which won numerous awards at international film festivals, including the Grand Prix prize from the MFPP in the High Tatras, 6-time champion of Slovakia in the categories of photography and film from the aquatic environment.