James Cameron—on “Walking the Walk”


“If you eat meat & dairy, you can’t be an environmentalist.”

Using one of his movies as an analogy, our planet is now on a similar course to disaster---a far greater disaster for the entire human population.

Using one of his movies as an analogy, our planet is now on a similar course to disaster—a far greater disaster for the entire human population.

Who is James Cameron? Heard of Titanic, Terminator or Avatar? He is arguably one of the most successful motion picture directors in the history of the business. So what’s his favorite movie now?

He might very well tell you that it’s Forks Over Knives, as he credits that powerful documentary with influencing him to adopt a whole foods, plant-based diet and take charge of his health.

From Wikipedia: He has been nominated for six Academy Awards overall and won three for Titanic. In total, Cameron’s directorial efforts have grossed approximately US$2 billion in North America and US$6 billion worldwide. Not adjusted for inflation, Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time at $2.19 billion and $2.78 billion respectively. In March 2011 he was named Hollywood’s top earner by Vanity Fair, with estimated 2010 earnings of $257 million. Also from Wikipedia:

James Cameron testifying before a Senate committee in June, 2013.

James Cameron testifying before a Senate committee in June, 2013.

In 2012, Cameron and his children adopted a vegan diet. Cameron explains that “By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world.”

Video posted on YouTube, October 6, 2012. Director, Producer, Explorer, Conservationist James Cameron tells an audience at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conference that the true conservationists of the future must be strict vegans.

Citing statistics and hailing the movie “Forks Over Knives,” Cameron notes that creating animal food products for human consumption generates one and a half times the carbon as the entire global transportation system. Eating plants only will be the mark of conservationists of the future who are walking the walk.

Enjoy 2-minutes with James Cameron

Forks movieDoes Mr. Cameron get it? I believe that he does and I will he reaching out to him soon. With his personal knowledge of plant-based eating, great concern for the environment, uncanny project management skills (See Forbes article below), and global fame—he is in a great position to truly make a difference regarding the longterm sustainability of the human species. Maybe he is the great leader who can direct that global “asteroid” type project described in my blog of 7-8-13. 

Hopefully, Colin Campbell and I will be meeting with Mr. Cameron soon. In that meeting, we will discuss the works of Stephen Emmott and Lester Brown and will stress the importance of the need for powerful leadership to bring together the combination of knowledge, wealth, power, and credibility necessary to get the human race moving rapidly back to the natural diet for our species—while we still have time.

It sounds like Mr. Cameron is ready to lead.

This 3-minute video was shot in 2011, BEFORE he became passionate about plant-based eating. But you can clearly see his (and wife Suzy’s) passion for the environment, walking the walk, living green and thinking about the big picture.

At the end, he refers to himself as Jim. Now that he is fully onboard with the plant-based solution to so many of our environmental issues, this “Jim” looks forward to joining forces with Jim Cameron in a globally-coordinated, well-funded initiative to prevent the collapse of our civilization.

As he has said, “Once an idea gets stuck in my head, I can’t get rid of it; especially if I actually think we can do it.” With his help, I think we can do it—just as soon as the idea gets stuck in his head. He has the perfect combination of confidence and capability that we need for this kind of world-changing initiative. 

Definitely ready to lead. From a recent Huffington Post article (June 18, 2013).

“I’ve had an epiphany recently,” Cameron said. “I want to challenge all of you as people of deep conscience, people who are environment stewards of the earth and oceans … By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world.”

James and Suzy Cameron at the London opening of 3D Titanic in 2012

James and Suzy Cameron at the London opening of 3D Titanic in 2012

Cameron, who announced he’d gone vegan in October of last year, told the crowd that the switch had a huge impact on him. “I felt like I was waking up from a long sleepwalk. I believe we are all sleepwalking off a cliff if we don’t do this.”

The “Avatar” director’s decision to go vegan isn’t much of a surprise. Back in July of last year, he revealed that his wife, Suzy Amis, was gradually shifting the family toward a more plant-based diet, something that impacted their decision to transform their new farm in New Zealand from dairy to crop-based.

“I don’t want to be a hypocrite,” Cameron told the NY Times, adding that they were moving to organically improve the soil on their 2,500-acre spread. 

Getting to know Jim Cameron Better

In this very informative 5-minute video, he talks about his early working career driving trucks and doing janitorial work. He also talks about how he has drawn upon every aspect of his background in the work that he has done as a motion picture director. He says when things line up perfectly, you’ve got to be ready to take action.

That’s exactly the way I feel now regarding the SOS initiative aimed at leading humans back to living in harmony with nature—before it’s too late. It’s like my entire background has prepared me for this moment. Take a peak inside Cameron’s creative mind in this OWN (Oprah) video posted on 10-31-2011.

Finally, I wish to end this blog by repeating an earlier quote by Mr. Cameron:

“By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world.”

Special acknowledgement. I first learned about James Cameron’s switch to a whole foods, plant-based diet from my new friend in Farmingdale, NY — Mitch Castell. On 7-22-13, he directed me via email to a recent article/video about Mr. Cameron that had recently appeared on the Forks Over Knives website

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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One Response to James Cameron—on “Walking the Walk”

  1. Joanne Irwin says:

    Smart, aware, and conscious people, like Cameron, know when science speaks to the heart. Being fully alive as he is, Cameron understands that we are all connected – you, me, us, the planet. Our every day choices either co-create or destroy. Sadly, too many are among the walking dead, unaware, and unconscious. Bravo to James Cameron! And, Jim, I hope he responds when you reach out.

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