»And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.«
Christianity is an anthropocentric religion which could be blamed for our ecological crisis. Christians’ attitudes towards the earth have often elevated human rights over environmental ones. The divine command to »rule« and »have dominion« over the earth was often seen as a right to subdue, alter and even exploit nature.
We are now summoned to establish new hierarchical order in which human body and earth body symbiotically coexist. We strive for sustainable future for the generations to come, a renewed communion with the Earth.
Pollinators are essential for the sustenance of our ecosystem. Human-induced environmental changes in recent decades have markedly reduced the diversity, density and distribution of native specialist pollinators around the world, resulting in global pollinator crisis. A decline in pollination service seriously threatens an adequate crop production for an increasingly demanding human population.
Mankind is now required to learn the pollination rituals performed by the endangered native specialist pollinators. Biodegradable cassocks coated with bioplastics and alginates have been designed for the purpose. The enhanced stickiness of the vestments allows a more efficient and effective pollination. The reproductive ceremonial should be performed at least one in a year. A new spring is coming. A blossoming era of communion with the Earth.
»Transitioning to the Biocene (?)« is a speculative video essay that investigates the correlation between Christianity and our contemporary ecological crisis focusing on the role of local specialist pollinators. »Transitioning to the Biocene (?)« proposes to institute a new set of rituals performed by humans so to reinforce our communion with nature/Gaia and guarantee a sustainable and ecologically diverse future for the coming generations.