How to Grow a Planet
This short series was really interesting. Host Iain Stewart and Directors Nigel Walk and Nick Shoolingin- Jordan shine a new light on a topic everyone learns about in school yet it turns out, we know very little about: plant evolution. Stewart made the show come alive with his passion for evolutionary science. It was his humble interest in the subject that really captured me; he made a subject that could have easily been mind-numbingly boring, into something wildly beautiful. And of course the video footage was stunning, it made me see Earth in a whole new way.
After watching this documentary I understand that plants really do drive everything. How to Grow a Planet did an excellent job at tying together plants unique evolutionary adaptations with peculiar examples that made me understand the wider significance of plants awesome functions and impacts. From microscopic bacteria in the ocean to the grass in our backyard, all these plants have driven evolution in hidden ways. I think that’s pretty badass. Plants are Earth’s invisible builders and her protectors. Neat. Makes me think about how many plants our industries kill…
I can’t completely relate the cool science behind it all, you need to watch the documentary to understand all the awesome ways plants have driven the evolution of Earth.
It’s on Netflix(: