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Many equate the English moors with open grassland and bogs. However, they were not always this way. Once temperate rainforests, the trees were felled and fires swept through the land. Filmmaker Burnham Arlidge envisions a future where the forests might return, teeming with life. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email sfs@natgeo.com to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta See more from the filmmaker. http://burnham-arlidge.co.uk/ http://vimeo.com/user62397027 About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Thousands of Years Ago, This Was a Forest. See What Remains | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/5FYc_Y5qenM National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (12 days ago)
What once was a rich forest is now something drastically different due to human involvement. What are your thoughts on the change that took place?
Dalia Jaimes (4 days ago)
This film demonstrates the destructive power humans have. The power we have to destroy everything around is pretty big. But like what Geosoul said, informing people and suggesting action is our best bet. We may never fix our environment completely, but working with what we have can make it better than it is now.
iamchillydogg (6 days ago)
National Geographic During the Ice Age Europe was covered by a coniferous forest. When the ice age ended it was replaced by a deciduous forest. Am I supposed to cry about that?
Geosoul (1 day ago)
Very disappointed with this flick. Shaming people for something they didn't do. This film is only incouraging ignorance, and homosapien phobia, not even raising real awareness. I would've been far more interested in learning what the theory was in detail of what happened so long ago and why. It's not likely to have been anyone group of people's in existence today, if people at all. What's more there's no call to action. You need a call to action otherwise your just advocating despair. Replant the forest, use groundwater permaculture techniques to revitalize the land. However be realistic, truthful and responsible in the information you advocate. It's possible this land can't be like it once was exactly, due to some environmental micro or macro system having changed throughout the millenia. Sometimes forests spring up under certain conditions but dont proliferate any more and simply maintain themselves due to constantly shifting environmental systems. But a different type of forest or environmental system with a little encouragement might be able to thrive. I get the temptation to do the whole "shame humans" dialogue. But I'm telling you right now that is a dark and despicable tactic, and by far less effective, than a properly informative, imaginative and inspiring call to action could achieve. Come on national geographic, I believe you can do a better job! Use Posative frameing, use good not bad, doing so will always make for a far more powerful, motivating and impactful message.
Panda UK25 (8 days ago)
I think we should replant the trees and restore the forest
Chica 411 (1 day ago)
Humans are like a parasite to earth were just devouring its beauty
Revathi Narayan (2 days ago)
Still we haven't understood the importance of trees nd greenery around us. And this is really very serious....!!! Consequences are gonna be worst.😕😕😕😕😔😔😔😔😔
72Yonatan (2 days ago)
Thank you Burnham and all of his helpers for making a moving and educational documentary; hope that many will be moved to restore part of what was lost.
Love Mind (3 days ago)
I mean the storyteller's voice... 🤓..Amazing I tell ya
Asong Bakla (3 days ago)
Lorax?
tendertears2001 (4 days ago)
We as humans will also be phased out of existence as our time will also end upon this earth. Then the earth can return to its former self. The forest will reclaim the land, the water and air will once again be cleansed of our destruction. We seem to be a biological failed mutation that had our turn at life on this wonderful planet and must eventually take out turn of extinction. Hopefully the next mutated generation will see the beauty of this planet and learn to live in coexistence. One should also remember that the universe is in a constant changing state, our sun will die and our solar system will collide with other planets and our beautiful earth will be destroyed. All will not be lost as a new planet will be born and yet perhaps another species will be given a chance to their own existence and perhaps answer the proverbial question, What is the Meaning of Life? Give your thoughts and comments:
Shoulders of Giants (5 days ago)
Britain in a nutshell.
Tanguy Decaen (6 days ago)
Nous devons replanter ces endroits!
Alexander E01 (6 days ago)
This video was breath taking; I'm left wondering why so little is being done to replant the forest or at least allow it to regrow. Are these lands even being used?
Hey Ya! (6 days ago)
This made me tear up
Robin (6 days ago)
BooHoo
RybaFryba (6 days ago)
well....one can just plant trees there
Gary Johnson (6 days ago)
It'sa been my understanding that over time Hugh forest were decimated to provide the building material for wooden ships, homes, etc, that made Britain and past civilizations what it is today. There were no import/export of material like exists today. Pine is becoming the commercial tree most desired because it relatively fast growing, old growth hard wood tree are slow growing but they keep clearing and burning land for new developments here in the new world. Humans never learn as they keep putting their priorities before nature. Peace
Debbie Crigger (6 days ago)
Humans need to wake up! Think of the Earth this way, it is our child to protect, love nurture, and to always keep it as healthy as we can because without it staying healthy we will just be a footnote. Whether you like it or not Everything is Connected!
Panda bruh (7 days ago)
The Uploader or Shortfilm producer messed up the video encoding, It looks blurry and the sound is terrible.
Geosoul (7 days ago)
Very disappointed with this flick. Shaming people for something they didn't do. This film is only incouraging ignorance, and homosapien phobia, not even raising real awareness. I would've been far more interested in learning what the theory was in detail of what happened so long ago and why. It's not likely to have been anyone group of people's in existence today, if people at all. What's more there's no call to action. You need a call to action otherwise your just advocating despair. Replant the forest, use groundwater permaculture techniques to revitalize the land. However be realistic, truthful and responsible in the information you advocate. It's possible this land can't be like it once was exactly, due to some environmental micro or macro system having changed throughout the millenia. Sometimes forests spring up under certain conditions but dont proliferate any more and simply maintain themselves due to constantly shifting environmental systems. But a different type of forest or environmental system with a little encouragement might be able to thrive. I get the temptation to do the whole "shame humans" dialogue. But I'm telling you right now that is a dark and despicable tactic, and by far less effective, than a properly informative, imagamitive and inspiring call to action could achieve. Come on national geographic, I believe you can do a better job! Use Posative frameing, use good not bad, doing so will always make for a far more powerful, motivating and impactfull message.
1caramarie (7 days ago)
I don't understand why some people can even believe that barren land is a good thing. Are bogs in the English moors used to harvest peat for fuel, like in Ireland? It makes zero sense why they are burned on a regular basis.
Captain Picard (7 days ago)
moors aren't naturel, that's racist.
F8oK8 (7 days ago)
Who is the narrator?
plumeria8357 (7 days ago)
Praise the Lord for His magnificent creation. What a wonderful world He provided with resources to take care of mankind. We must also be wise in our care of it.
DK R (7 days ago)
West need to depend less on wood..
TF Sheahan (7 days ago)
If we are looking for places for atmospheric carbon to go, why not restore the moors. It's not like they're doing anybody any good, are they?
Geraldine Murray (7 days ago)
I visit Middleton Park In Leeds as much as possible. I adore it.
Jan Fellstrom (7 days ago)
I live in the Black Forest. Wildlife is declining here too. Forests alone are not the answer!!!!!!
h baker (7 days ago)
Why are we not attempting to replant the forests? Native species of plants and trees still exist. Large scale reclamation has occurred in places all over the planet. The Loess plateau watershed rehabilitation project in China has now reclaimed 35,000 square kilometers land once decimated by human activity deforestation, over-farming burning and clearing. The subsaharan reclamation projects in Africa attempting to reverse the desertification of land that was once arable is another example.
Dalia Jaimes (4 days ago)
Because people are dumbasses who don't think. We need more projects like the ones you have mentioned
jedsart jedsart (8 days ago)
So sad 😢
Bradley Woods (8 days ago)
Defiantly agree with this, however the start was slightly exaggerated.
Linda Adams (9 days ago)
WHY haven't the forests been re-planted ????? !!!!
SanFranGirl1982 (9 days ago)
Hey UK! Fit reforesting the English moors into your budget!
Justin Weaver (10 days ago)
good camerawork, but it needs to explain what happened more, I still have no idea why the forest disappeared other than a fire happened.
B uppy (10 days ago)
They tried replanting it with trees but some people (environmentalists) objected because a unique ecosystem took its place. The trees have and are being removed.
The Blue Rose in Winter (10 days ago)
Some years ago i went to England to visit in laws , I kept asking where is the forests? there is no trees in the fields?So shocked was i to see nothing and i felt a terrible loss that this green and verdant land of rolling grasslands and planted gardens had lost it all, had destroyed the natural beauty and the habitat of its wildlife, to the point it had extinguished the species that had lived in the ancient forests. And even its beloved red squirrels had to live in special sanctuaries.And its deer had to be breed and sheltered . Please plant trees and make the forests again.
221b BAKER STREET (2 days ago)
o if only..some us dream of that 2 br
Valentina Guadalupe. (9 days ago)
SORRY SORRY SORRY FOR ALL THAT.
Kwame Yeboah (11 days ago)
Earth die screeming silently
Preet Singh (11 days ago)
I am realy feel bad that humans day by day destroying forests and destroy all beautiful places like that one
Mark Tan (11 days ago)
Is it just me or does the voice sound like Iwan Rheon's?
awosome borah (11 days ago)
This is so sad, at least one time,I want to see the old world with out any humans and animals😭at least one time😢
Jay Gupta (11 days ago)
I promise you together we can reverse it again
daniel summerfied (11 days ago)
Nice video but... It could easily be replanted, I can bet you the Dartmoor National Park agency do not want to! Just like the New Forest Park authority in Hampshire/ Dorset that keep clearing the Broad leaf regrowth to preserve the Heath lands. When I asked they told me that Forest means hunting ground and it has been like it for 900 years. The only thing that is planted is Pine by the Forestry commission!
aLOOF gOALS (11 days ago)
this is not very informative. it's like someone just saying adjectives over creation scapes footage
Abdullah Al Abdullah (12 days ago)
Every one involved
Abdullah Al Abdullah (12 days ago)
Flexible balance
Abdullah Al Abdullah (12 days ago)
extinction of Existence
BULLY HUNTER_69 (12 days ago)
No wood was used in the making of this film.
Daniel Widyanto (12 days ago)
Is this film based on reality? Any scientific journal to support this? The bog was there because there's no drainage for the water, and all plants are rotting. So it's more geological change rather than human interference.
Atlas WalkedAway (12 days ago)
Jeez louise, will you just tell me what the heck is going on? I don't need the 5 minute feminist poetry slam at the beginning to understand the premise that humans are bumbling, shortsighted fools.
Atlas WalkedAway (12 days ago)
OK, 6 1/2 minutes in and he starts the sentence with "LYNX". I'm done.
Jory Blake (12 days ago)
The dear lord Jesus works in mysterious ways
Sarah Buchan (7 days ago)
Jory Blake What is that supposed to mean?
الحسون المقنين (12 days ago)
My friends If you are a bird lover, welcome you to my channel
l2e9aL (12 days ago)
The “forest” that was shown to have been destroyed was actually a forestry plantation of non-native conifers that have pretty much the same effect on the landscape as the moorland does, if not worse. They can be done well, but many aren’t. That’s the only issue I find with this film.
101yayo (12 days ago)
We can just plant more trees.
everton zp (12 days ago)
No problem, human race wont last more than a few centuries so after this "little disease" this planet will recover itself and be beautiful again.
Smokey 420 (12 days ago)
Would you rather have people kill themselves while you in your hypocrisy are also a human being whom you also believe to be a disease even though it is the love of money is the root of all evil?
madhavyu (12 days ago)
It is not moors, it is moops - English moops.
Maria da Luz Moutinho (12 days ago)
Pena ver o vídeo às prestações....apesar da Terra dispor de espantoso poder de recuperação ..O homem não lhe dá espaço, nem tempo, nem descanso para surgir nova vegetação...O solo contém elementos químicos necessários mas porém precisa de os converter mas sem a cooperação de organismos vivos isso torna-se difícil...danificando devido ao intensivo emprego erróneo... Perdemos e continuamos a perder....veja-se a Amazónia??
Mr Bojangles S (12 days ago)
Too melodramatic.
Blake Stone (12 days ago)
Ever Hear of re-planting! If every person planted 1 tree, then took care of it for its first 5yrs. A Forest could be established. With the Money spent making this Documentary, it could have been used to organize & pay for a Planting. I'm not going to Cry for the Lose they could undo. I give them a Thumbs Down for being Lazy and not re-planting. More Proof we're a bunch of Idiots.
Alisher Zhumazhan (12 days ago)
Please sounds 😍
LagiNaLangAko23 (12 days ago)
All we need are six stones and fingers strong enough to snap.
LagiNaLangAko23 (12 days ago)
We don't have a comparable landscape in my country but I always thought that moorlands are like that because of poor or acidic soil. Isn't this where bog bodies are found?
Bhat Bhat (12 days ago)
We had to do something..... Otherwise it vl b too late... 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲
Maria Alex Blanka (12 days ago)
Oh wow
Waveland44 (12 days ago)
meh
TK Baha (12 days ago)
mutation leading to extinction eventually.
BeastModeA2332 (12 days ago)
Poor animals :/
amnesiai (12 days ago)
This is the stuff im subscribed for! Woah!
National Geographic (12 days ago)
Thank you for watching! We hope you were able to learn something new about a different part of the world.
brik cell fone (12 days ago)
I live in Connecticut, a state that was nearly completely deforested for farm land in the 1800s. Now the state is 60% forest. Nature is resilient and will bounce back as soon as the humans let it. England should let their forests grow back.
221b BAKER STREET (2 days ago)
we have this stuff called brakken over here in england and its reclaiming vast areas of land ....sheep and cows dont like it and eventually trees grow up amongst it ...perhaps the time span of our lives doesnt let us see the big picture
holdmybeer (12 days ago)
Why no captions? I can barely hear over stupid music.
iamthelegend ripper (12 days ago)
Thanos was right .... I fully agree with him ..we need to wipe out some population till we all perish .
101yayo (12 days ago)
Wiping people wont solve anything, it will only lead to more wars and destruction.
idk wut to put for my name (12 days ago)
Im liking every comment bc it has positive words :p
Fairouz Birsiq (12 days ago)
🙏💓🦅🌍🦅💓🙏
BattlingBeasts (12 days ago)
Why was the land cleared?
Kobus g-mail (12 days ago)
Trees taken out to make fires, build homes and make furniture. (No trees, no undergrowth, no wild life insects and mammals. Land becomes "dead"; self-sustaining ecosystem is gone.)
Phillip Kremer (12 days ago)
Just died inside a little more. Thanks! 👌🏻
Rachael Clark (12 days ago)
What Caused The Fire?
Rizal Nugraha (12 days ago)
Whos responsible for this world destruction? I hope i can find them
bolt (12 days ago)
Us...
Dizzi Zoon (12 days ago)
Clear it all. We need civilization!
Sarah Buchan (7 days ago)
I think you meant this to be sarcastic and it does not come across that way.
Efren Chen (12 days ago)
Dizzi Zoon Perhaps I misunderstood your stance. I thought you meant to clear out all the trees for humans
Dizzi Zoon (12 days ago)
Efren Chen many get fooled by so-called civilization and technology think that we're intelligen and superior than the people before us, no one seems to admit the nagative side of our actions untill we totally transform the earth to Jupiter!
Efren Chen (12 days ago)
Oof. You're on the wrong side in this day and age
Micah Hooks (12 days ago)
That was Wistman's wood in Dartmoor, Devon if anyone's interested?
Dr Fate (12 days ago)
Like i said. Humans are cancers
Janice Rigsbee (12 days ago)
This is a great reason to go vegan!! Anytime you eat meat you are contributing to the destruction of the forests.
Sarah Buchan (7 days ago)
Claudia Manfredini Where did you get that information? It's simply not true.
Em S (11 days ago)
Claudia Manfredini Plants have much, much more nutrients than animal products. That's why vegans are healthier than meat eaters or vegetarians and have less deficiencies. On average a meat eater is deficient in 7 nutrients while vegans are on average deficient in 3 nutrients.
Em S (11 days ago)
Claudia Manfredini Yes, we can and we do use all the nutrients from plants. Please, name nutrients that in your opinion we can't use in comparison to a cow or orangutan. Good luck.
Em S (11 days ago)
Claudia Manfredini Please educate yourself, watch Cowspiracy, it has answers to all of your questions surrounding the use of land to feed people meat and other animal products versus plants.
Claudia Manfredini (11 days ago)
But humans don't have the metabolism of a cow or even an orang-utan. We can't use all the nutritional value of a plant, while animals, being consumers, are a more "concentrated" form of energy and nutritional principles. So to feed humans just with vegetables, we'd have to grow a VERY larger extension of land than what we do now to feed animals (that can use ALL the nutritional value of plants, like cows and sheeps).
#nerdzilla (12 days ago)
People watch this more than tv show
jeek (12 days ago)
Unsustainable humans GREED
Dinesh Maheshwari (12 days ago)
We need thanos to balance Earth 😅 how can I something learned from Avenger infinity war movie?
Gbnh Gnnj (12 days ago)
Dinesh Maheshwari o yahhh
President Benjamin Jefferson (12 days ago)
lol called for the genocide of mostly black and brown people, welcome to the far right brother.
LouisFX (12 days ago)
deffo didn't learn English
Amirrul Zam (12 days ago)
Dinesh Maheshwari i dont feel good...
Deema .S (12 days ago)
Speechless!
Sally Robles (12 days ago)
♥️😞😔
Zbynek Kolacek (12 days ago)
Conquer the nature is a human mission..., self destroy mission!
mohammed junaid pp (12 days ago)
How ironic is this life
Olwydd (12 days ago)
Unfortunately happens everywhere. Wood for money and building, fields for livestock and farming.
ellise ellis (12 days ago)
nice👌👌
Shierald ma (12 days ago)
May i suggest that your videos have subtitles... please... tnx
Sarah Buchan (7 days ago)
Shierald ma you can put subtitles on.
Brian Garrow (12 days ago)
If trees can be planted in the deserts of China and the the Sahel of Africa, England can assuredly replant forests on the moors.
Tsar Nicholas (6 days ago)
Yuga Rane waste of money for tree huggers
I-kun (7 days ago)
It's not so easy, but they need to.
Stuart Walker (7 days ago)
something they should have been doing all along... if they only had a brain, but that has always been missing.... the nature of truth.
DHAQTAR Soomaaliyeed (12 days ago)
This was forest place!!!
Narutofgfgsf (12 days ago)
Fallout 76
SABOUTAX (12 days ago)
I'm really upset and sad that we as "humans" destroy this beautiful masterpiece that took millions of years do be created.... Its just sad that every day one specie go extinct and every year we cut down 3.5 to 7 billion trees.............. *Time will not forgive us*
The OmniscientOG of The Internet (7 days ago)
If we left earth it would eventually fix itself. Also if you really wanna make a difference, do permaculture.
ULTRA NOOB (11 days ago)
Ewan LD exactly. Nor do they want to be taken serious. Never, ever. Thats why they make up things like the earth is flat
Jimmy Gore (12 days ago)
What a wonderful short film
National Geographic (12 days ago)
Thank you for watching, Jimmy! It's important to learn the impact an action can have on the environment and those who live in it.
Anna-Maree Castillo (12 days ago)
It's reminders like this that make me weep to be human. 💔
Tsar Nicholas (6 days ago)
Sarah Buchan you are INSIGNIFICANT you are NOT SPECIAL. Unless you change the course of a war or plant this forest back stop claiming to be so
Sarah Buchan (7 days ago)
Charles Cordts lol oki doke
Charles Cordts (7 days ago)
Sarah Buchan It’s my metaphor and I’m sticking to it 🧐.
Govind Singh (12 days ago)
This is osome😀😀😀😀
King Pyro Zerg Zilla (12 days ago)
BEAUTIFUL!
A SKill (12 days ago)
I wanna say Read more
Șerban Andrei (12 days ago)
we are a plague, the worst one
Efren Chen (12 days ago)
We, as a collective force, yes. We, as individuals, are not necessarily. Those of us who wish to save the planet can counteract the bad people who wish to destroy it.
Șerban Andrei (12 days ago)
would that really help?
President Benjamin Jefferson (12 days ago)
you are sooo right, you should do your part and remove one human life, yours.
Tiki Games (12 days ago)
Șerban Andrei I mean no ones stopping u from killing your self
Șerban Andrei (12 days ago)
Alochle, why the other planets are already dead and they always been like that spreading to other planets cant do more bad it actually is the only thing that could save the earth, since if we can take the resources we need from other places we wont need to exploit the earth to survive anymore we could also finally fix the damage that we are causing why do you think that spreading life into the galaxy is a bad thing
Richard Steve Pasos (12 days ago)
Humans
Roman Roshan (12 days ago)
In which country was exist this timber?
Roman Roshan (12 days ago)
James M thanks
James M (12 days ago)
Roman Roshan England.