15.5.2020

Biodiversity is in various forms a part of all our films and all the themes that we set up within the project “Borrowed Planet”. This is not surprising, because biodiversity has been a key thesis of sustainable development since it was first defined by the UN. De facto all the tasks we set ourselves in the framework of sustainable development, whether it is the protection of climate, soil, water, etc. are heading towards one and the same goal – to protect life on our planet. Therefore, it is inconceivable that we do not devote a separate document to biodiversity. That is why the “Dragon Code” is created.

If we cross our entire planet, we will probably not find a better example of it anywhere, such as the island of Komodo and its dragons there. These prehistoric predators have even become one of the seven modern, natural wonders of the world in international voting. I am still convinced that the people who live with them on Komodo Island deserve this title, because without knowing that they are creatures with tens of millions of years of history, they were able to share their island with them and let them live. This is despite the fact that they have to build their homes on stilts because of them, they have to protect their children and their livestock.

Whenever I wanted to start editing the movie Dragon Code, I always got the feeling that I was missing something. That’s why I came back to Komodo and Rinca several times and always learned something new. I found that people mixed up here as well, and the history of the islands shows that they did not always and in everything behave exemplary. But the Komodo dragons are still alive, and Komodo is a stone in the mosaic of knowing what biodiversity is and what we should strive for.

Komodo helps us to understand that the protection of biodiversity is, above all, a key manifestation of the value view of the world, real humanity and our awareness that we are not alone here. That our planet is a place to live not only for us but also for many other animals. To understand also that, despite our uniqueness, we are not so special in being able to afford to ruthlessly usurp the planet for ourselves.  That also we need to respect nature, to protect natural habitats, because they are the basis of what we call the miracle of life and we are only a part of it. That is why the protection of life should become a barrier against human greed and the boundless growth of consumption. People need to be able to return to nature from big city centres and hypermarkets. To restore broken ties and respect the ancient knowledge of our ancestors that we are only part of a whole whose preservation is a vital essence of our existence and the future of coming generations. That is why it is so important to preserve the diversity of animal and plant species, and that is why we must first take into account the natural capacities of ecosystems in our development. Their borderline ability to cope with the negative impact of our civilization, our industry, agriculture, tourism, etc.

We can’t call for a return to the caves, everyone wants to strive. Each of us (or almost everyone) is somehow broken by greed or the desire to own. Unlike other animals, however, nature has given us a well-functioning mind. So, let’s use it.  It is not enough to just call Homo sapiens sapiens, we must also act as reasonable. My grandmother used to say that “wanting is a great master but being able to is even greater.” And “be able” means respect in the first place.

More soon in the movie.

Text: Jaroslav Blaško