A filmmakers quest. While going on a trip with a study group on nature conservation, the filmmaker asks herself questions like: Shouldn’t nature be something that's always there and will always be there without the help of humans? What part of nature should be conserved and since when is this so important? Am I nature myself?
An old teacher, biologist and conservationist in heart and soul, escorts the group. His message to the students: "Man is responsible for unbalancing nature and we must do everything to restore it.” The students travel by bus and boat to various places where they measure trees, count frogs and study all kinds of mammals.
The main issue of the film asks the question, how does humanity relate to nature? To find some answers the filmmaker also takes a look at history. How did we perceive nature in the past and what has changed? Do we have to say farewell to the wild, untouched nature for good? Ecophilia is a literal journey, but also queeste inside the mind for unraveling the ambiguous relationship between control-seeking humans and the elusive natural environment.
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