2020 is a dynamic year, a year that has brought the human race to its knees.
With the numerous challenges it brought before us, to the opportunity that seemed to be underneath the numerous challenges, there is a need for a global instigated change.
To tell the story of our world’s survival and perseverance, the United Nations-sponsored documentary Xrays the many areas that we must take actions.
In the documentary, which was released on Saturday, aspects of humanity requiring urgent action were listed as including climate and planet, poverty and inequality, justice, and gender equality.
Narrated by popular actors and actresses including Thandie Newton, Forest Whitaker, Don Cheadle and other, the documentary dwelt on the numerous challenges the world has been confronted with since the beginning of this year.
These challenges including the numerous forest fire, COVID 19 Pandemic that has claimed the lives of over a million people, the struggle for racial equality, gender equality fight and other world’s concern.
Actress, Thandie Newton said: “In the midst of COVID-19, it’s a historic opportunity to look at the facts of the world as it is.
“And then to focus on the solutions to our greatest problems. In the seventy-five years since the UN was founded, the human race has never had to face a set of challenges as we do right now.
“But together, we can overcome them. Nelson Mandela says it almost seems impossible until it’s done. These are some of the things that must be done.”
The Problem of climate change was also brought to fore in the documentary. The need for our world to use the COVID 19 pandemic as a portal to a new dimension of environmental consciousness was stressed.
“That we’re not treating it like the emergency it is. It’s a year later. Have we done enough? No. Climate change is only a side of the story. Rain forests are disappearing at an extraordinary rate.
“One football field of the rain forest is destroyed every six seconds. One million plants and animal species are at the brink of extinction. By 20590, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
“Climate change and our treatment of the natural world are colliding and exacerbating each other to create a storm. And this cannot go on. You know it. I know it. We know what we need to do.” Actor Cheadle states.
Watch this powerful film, focussing on urgent actions for urgent times. Thanks to @thandienewton @ForestWhitaker @DonCheadle #MichelleYeoh @burnaboy @Malala @Beyonce for lending their passion/voice #ForPeopleForPlanet. Link: https://t.co/zadhTwqnUo#NationsUnited #GlobalGoals @UN pic.twitter.com/r2Jv3QggyF
— Amina J Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) September 19, 2020
Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, said: “Today, we feel the weight of history on our shoulders. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how fragile the world is.
Other Prominent personalities who were featured in the documentary include prominent Education advocate, Malala, Michelle Yoah and others.
While the duo didn’t speak in the documentary, Burna Boy performed his ‘Level Up’, a track from ‘Twice As Tall’, his 2020 album, while one of Beyonce’s UN performances was also included.