Synopsis

We Know Not What We Do is an inspirational call for a moral and spiritual shift in how we humans live on Planet Earth, if we do not choose to face extinction.  

We Know Not What We Do, a feature documentary produced by Aaron Taylor and created and directed by Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker, is a tough but tender plea to human beings. It presents both the voice of love and the voice of reason, as it sets out to creatively examine the most important challenge of our time: man’s relationship to his environment. The film presents the story of this very misunderstood relationship, and how the misunderstanding has caused destruction in both the biosphere and the biodiversity of planet Earth.

Not an angry expose, We Know Not What We Do spotlights areas, both rural and urban, and people, both victims of the destruction and leaders in stopping the destruction, and presents interviews with some of the brightest minds alive today. The film discovers exactly what is being sacrificed because of our unbridled addiction for fossil fuels and examines our lack of will that we display about solving this crisis.

We Know Not What We Do explores our ideas and misconceptions of “wealth,” expansion and economic growth. Dare we cut back, cut down or even completely change our energy course, vying for only renewable energies, or will that throw our world into chaos? Is it possible for our species to become a tight knit community of human beings that can work together for survival?

While many choose to ignore this puzzle altogether, We Know Not What We Do urges us to face the challenge, solve the dilemma, or run the risk of extinction.

Interviews include:

JOHN COOK

Global Change Institute / Skeptical Science

KATHARINE HAYHOE

Nobel Prize-Winning U.N. Panel on Climate Change

RICHARD ALLEY

Evan Pugh Professor of Geo-sciences at Penn State

MICAH GREEN

Associate Professor at Texas A&M University

JERRY FAIRES

Song Writer, Poet

COLLEEN SWAN

Kivalina (Alaska) Relocation Project Coordinator

ENOCH ADAMS

Resident of Kivalina, Alaska

REV. KIM MORROW

Executive Director Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light

REV. RICHARD CIZIK

President, New Evangelical Partnership for Common Good, D.C. Lobbyist

STEVE M. ANDERSON

Brigadier General (Retired), US Army

STEVEN EVANS

Therapeutics Research Inst., President and Senior Research Scientist, Executive Director/Senior Policy Analyst Omaha Asian Inst.

AKIO MATSUMURA

Former UN advisor

Founder, Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival

ELDER BROTHERS

Stills from the documentary, Aluna – directed by Alan Ereira

Voice-over – Price Hall

ALVARO CARDONA-HINE

International poet and painter, excerpt from his poem, Galaxia

MARY PIPHER

New York Times Bestselling Author, The Green Boat 

DR. JAMES HANSEN

Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies / Director, Climate Science, Awareness & Solutions Program, Columbia University

CHIEF LEONARD CROW DOG

Spiritual Leader of 538 Lakota Tribes , Head of Shield the People