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Mine Your Own Business: The Darkside of Environmentalism (2006)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019A35G6
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Mine Your Own Business exposes the dark side of environmentalism. The documentary hacks away at the cosy image of environmentalists' as well meaning, harmless activists. This is the first documentary which asks the hard questions of foreigners who lead campaigns to "save" remote areas from development. Their answers are often disturbing, with racist overtones, but we, in the west, blindly support such campaigns that want to keep people in poverty. Now for the first time we asks local people about their lives and what they want for the future. Their answers are very often different from what the environmentalists say and what is reported in the mainstream media. Mine Your Own Business is a journey through the dark side of environmentalism. It demolishes the cosy consensus that environmentalists are well meaning agenda free activists and shows them to be anti-development ideologues who think the poor are happy being poor and don't want the development that we, in the west, take for granted. Needless to say, this documentary will be hugely controversial as it makes us all think about the unintended consequences of blindly supporting environmentalist/anti-development campaigns across the globe. It is a challenge to the cosy consensus that allows westerners to deny progress to those who need it most.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! August 5, 2010
Fantastic film! Provides a real-world approach to environmentalism and development. A much needed rebuttal to common media hype and colonialist attitudes around mining projects and development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How the Environmentalists Oppress the World's Poor February 12, 2012
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Mine Your Own Business: The Darkside of Environmentalism

Many well-meaning people give donations to environmental organizations such as Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth, not realizing that their money is being used to oppress the world's poorest people rather than to save the earth or animals. Phelim McAleer has done a great service by producing a documentary that shows just how the oppression works.

Through interviews with some of the world's poorest, with professors of universities who have studied the environmental movement, and with environmentalists, we are shown how environmentalists deny the poor an opportunity to better themselves, in some cases denying them the last vestige of hope in improving their lives. At times the presentation is very poignant.

We in the west are severely hampered economically by environmental regulation after regulation, but what tugs at the viewer's heart is that the most vulnerable have just about no defense against the oppressors.

As the movie shows the pattern is the same. A rich environmentalist living in a city far from the village opposes the opening of a mine in that village. The environmentalist pretends to know what the villagers really want without asking the villagers. It boils down to the rich man imposing his/her values on the poor and denying them the opportunity for work and for prosperity that they dearly would like to have, the same sort of prosperity that the rest of us enjoy.

As a professor at the University of Kent, England, points out, the environmentalist has even more power as his voice is the only one heard by global environmental institutions that yield a lot of power.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally The TRUTH!!! April 17, 2012
This movie and others like it are the only way we will have access to the unadulterated truth about the environmentalist agenda. The lies are so blatant and fully supported by the media moguls who are already pampered and secure in their own luxuries that those who never bother to look up the facts are easily mislead. Their agenda is not to look out for you and I and especially not the third world nations - otherwise they would encourage them to develop their own resources and lift their people out of poverty and misery. The earth was given to man and is able to support all his needs but these envirowackos want only to see that man (except of course themselves) is starved, aborted, and wiped off the planet. They worship not the creation of Gods hands (mankind) but "Mother Earth". This documentary shows so powerfully the blatant hypocrisy and essential thievery and fraud of these liberal environmentalists. Watch this movie, pass it on, and tell everyone you know to look for the upcoming Fracknation Documentary which exposes the truth about Fracking vs. the lies and misrepresentations found in "Gasland". EDUCATE YOURSELF BECAUSE THE MEDIA WANTS YOU IGNORANT!
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Shows how do-gooders have ruined so many people's lives by their selfish agenda to save the planet. They lie and stretch the truth and they get big money for their work.

They use the rationale for not letting industry or mining enter a poverty area because the kids smile so much.Happiness index...tragic because they smile all the way to an early grave living in total poverty while the people that stop the project live on their very expensive yachts.

It is a must see! . I must admit too, I used to buy into this environmental stuff and donated money year after year to help save the environment. I Was Blind &Stupid for not really studying carefully the real issue myself. Earth Day is another con as well ...Thank you Mr. Gorbachev and Mr. Maurice Strong!

We do no have an global warming problem, we have a UN led political agenda of making the rich richer and the middle and lower class poorer by destroying the middle class.Less than one percent of the worlds population make $20.000 or more so if you are squiring by on $20.000 you are making to much. The UN openly admits that the main problem with the earth is over population. So with that in mind why are they insisting on all these inoculations there something wrong with this scenario.

The sun goes through cycles and therefore CO2 has nothing to do with the temperature or climate of the earth. We are in a cooling cycle now, not warming. Alvin Gore is not evil just wrong! Well he is a rich hypocrite, with his homes planes and other big carbon footprint items. LOL

I expect to get some very negative comments about my review because most of the Universities teach bad stuff, Why? Because they are funded by the government and it's agenda is to dumb down the populace. Ie Rachel Carson said this therefore it has to be correct. Obama gets a peace prize and gets us into more conflicts. Gore gets a prize and causes more environmental damage etc etc etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and worth a one time view May 25, 2014
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For those who just enjoy learning more about other cultures and how they deal with certain issues this film is worth at least a one time view. It wasn't "mind-blowing" or "powerful" but we took some notes throughout the film and found it educational.
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