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  • It's great being here at TED.

  • You know, I think there might be some presentations

  • that will go over my head,

  • but the most amazing concepts

  • are the ones that go right under my feet.

  • The little things in life,

  • sometimes that we forget about,

  • like pollination, that we take for granted.

  • And you can't tell the story about pollinators --

  • bees, bats, hummingbirds, butterflies --

  • without telling the story about the invention of flowers

  • and how they co-evolved

  • over 50 million years.

  • I've been filming time-lapse flowers

  • 24 hours a day, seven days a week,

  • for over 35 years.

  • To watch them move

  • is a dance I'm never going to get tired of.

  • It fills me with wonder, and it opens my heart.

  • Beauty and seduction, I believe,

  • is nature's tool for survival,

  • because we will protect what we fall in love with.

  • Their relationship

  • is a love story that feeds the Earth.

  • It reminds us that we are a part of nature,

  • and we're not separate from it.

  • When I heard about the vanishing bees, Colony Collapse Disorder,

  • it motivated me to take action.

  • We depend on pollinators

  • for over a third of the fruits and vegetables we eat.

  • And many scientists believe

  • it's the most serious issue facing mankind.

  • It's like the canary in the coalmine.

  • If they disappear, so do we.

  • It reminds us that we are a part of nature

  • and we need to take care of it.

  • What motivated me to film their behavior

  • was something that I asked my scientific advisers:

  • "What motivates the pollinators?"

  • Well, their answer was,

  • "It's all about risk and reward."

  • Like a wide-eyed kid, I'd say, "Why is that?"

  • And they'd say, "Well, because they want to survive."

  • I go, "Why?"

  • "Well, in order to reproduce."

  • "Well, why?"

  • And I thought that they'd probably say, "Well, it's all about sex."

  • And Chip Taylor, our monarch butterfly expert,

  • he replied, "Nothing lasts forever.

  • Everything in the universe wears out."

  • And that blew my mind.

  • Because I realized

  • that nature had invented reproduction

  • as a mechanism for life to move forward,

  • as a life force that passes right through us

  • and makes us a link in the evolution of life.

  • Rarely seen by the naked eye,

  • this intersection

  • between the animal world and the plant world

  • is truly a magic moment.

  • It's the mystical moment

  • where life regenerates itself,

  • over and over again.

  • So here is some nectar from my film.

  • I hope you'll drink, tweet

  • and plant some seeds

  • to pollinate a friendly garden.

  • And always take time to smell the flowers,

  • and let it fill you with beauty,

  • and rediscover that sense of wonder.

  • Here are some images from the film.

  • (Music)

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you very much.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

It's great being here at TED.

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【TED】Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination (The hidden beauty of pollination | Louie Schwartzberg)

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    alice posted on 2015/12/20
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