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James Cameron's Environmental Crusade

Updated on September 30, 2014

Bringing Awareness to the Plight of our Oceans

Of course the ocean is not a new subject for James Cameron. He is responsible for the biggest blockbuster movie yet about the demise of the "unsinkable" Titanic. But Cameron was only testing the waters with Titanic. He's way more serious about saving our blue planet than exposing the general public to an unforgiving iceberg. (Nature always trumps technology, Y'all!)

Cameron is serious about his passion for the resources of our delicate world, and our oceans, which cover more than 70% of our precious Earth's surface. We know so little, in retrospect, about most of the world we inhabit. Cameron takes advantage of that, and seeks to change it. The deep is front and center as he delves further into the abyss with the creation of a story and creatures for Avatar 2. No one has ventured to the deepest depths of the ocean since the Bathyscape Trieste delved down to Challenger Deep in 1960, but Cameron is game for the venue - in search of mystical characters and an alien-like setting appropriate enough to take on the continued story of Pandora. In the process, the ocean gets more attention and hopefully closer to healing.

Photo by Jurvetson

Avatar 2 - and the Deep end of the Ocean

Mr Cameron goes to the deepest end of the earth to find inspiration for his Avatar 2 creatures. In a quest with competition from Richard Branson and others to be the first since the 1950s to explore the deepest end of the Ocean, James Cameron took his trip.... solo!

The Life Aquatic with James Cameron

Ocean Avenue, Santa Barbara
Ocean Avenue, Santa Barbara

Cameron's Off-Grid Ranch

With a view of the Ocean

100 acres next to his beloved Pacific Ocean, James Cameron's off grid ranch provides him with solace and inspiration. The place where his mind turns and creates incredible characters, weaves spellbinding tales, creates solutions to problems. Cameron designed his own windmill to help power the ranch. He chimed in with a solution for BP after the Gulf Oil Spill. He watched seabirds while making Avatar to study aerodynamics. Now, he's working on a submersible to use in the making of Avatar 2 and 3. He's also acquired "green" studio space and plans to leave no carbon footprint in the making of the sequels.

Cameron Enviromism #1

"we're going to find out the hard way if we don't wise up and start seeking a life that's in balance with the natural cycles of life on earth"

Our Watery Earth

Our Watery Earth
Our Watery Earth

James Cameron's Aliens of the Deep - Voyages to the Strange World of the Deep Ocean

... follows a team of scientists as they explore the deep ocean vents of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, offering readers a view of life in Earth's most hostile and inaccessible environments and their remarkable with feet, shrimp that can swim between boiling hot steam and icy currents, and other amazing creatures.

James Cameron's Aliens of the Deep: Voyages to the Strange World of the Deep Ocean
James Cameron's Aliens of the Deep: Voyages to the Strange World of the Deep Ocean

Companion book to the deep-sea documentary by Cameron on the dark and strange world too deep for light. DVD: Aliens of the Deep


Avatar! - The Tree of Life Message

Cameron Enviromism #2 Avatar Sequel

"I liked the idea of exploring other planets, and then I found out we have this alien planet right here on Earth called the ocean. We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. It's just a way to focus a little energy in that direction."

Cameron Enviromism #3

"We are causing a global climate change that's going to be absolutely devastating to the coral reefs."

Mother Nature Wins!

Cameron found the most talented visual artists he could to come up with creatures and life to inhabit the fictional planet of Pandora, but over and over they found that actual specimens from nature were more beautiful and bizarre than anything he and his team could invent.

Alien - The Quadrilogy

A look at scenes from Alien(s) reveals a strange similarity to the deep ocean. The creature even has a slithery quality not unlike the eel. It really is uncanny, when you take a look at Cameron's early works, how much the environment influences his creative mind.

Alien Quadrilogy (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien Resurrection)
Alien Quadrilogy (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien Resurrection)

Set of the four "Alien" movies. Some of the lines from these movies have become part of our culture. Not just "scary movies", but an exercise in the terror of the unknown.


Cameron Enviromisn #4

" it going into space or going into the deep sea, you have to balance the yin and yang of caution and boldness, risk aversion and risk taking, fear and fearlessness. No great accomplishment takes place, whether it be a movie or a deep ocean expedition, or a space mission, without a kind of dynamic equipoise between the two. Luck is not a factor. Hope is not a strategy. Fear is not an option"

Nuclear Message of the Terminator - It was the machines, Sarah...

"There was a nuclear war. A few years from now, all this, this whole place, everything, it's gone. Just gone. There were survivors. Here, there. Nobody even knew who started it. It was the machines, Sarah" .... James Cameron's The Terminator, 1984

The Terminator
The Terminator

Even in Cameron's earlier films, his concern for the environment is evident.


Cameron Enviromism #5

"Nature fights back - as we see, it melts ice,"..... "We have a responsibility to do something about the environment and not everyone appreciates the urgency of the problem."

What's your favorite James Cameron Film? - Did it make you more aware of the Environment?

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      Karen Kay 4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @anonymous: Thanks for pointing that out! The original design was by Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger,. Correction noted!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How on earth did Cameron have an impact on the design of the Alien when the first film was directed by Ridley Scott?