Age of Stupid
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One has to openly weep as we see the greed of so many actually destroying what has taken billions of years to evolve.
Yet a "hot state" or "hothouse" climate is based on geological evidence of what happens when CO2 reaches 5,000 ppm (see James Lovelock's "Vanishing Face of Gaia"). A world without polar ice caps is known to have existed, and it may recur.
This is only half the story, however. Moving towards a 1% CO2 atmosphere risks paving the way for 5% CO2 (because of large releases of methane from permafrost and the oceans). Then the world is at risk for a runaway greenhouse effect - the Venus Syndrome. Such a fate has been described by James Hansen estimated in print and in a YouTube video.
Katrina was a huge warning of what's happening when climate goes berserk. Ocean temperatures rising produce more and more intense hurricanes.
Or take the war in Iraq. This is not about "weapons of mass destruction". This is not about "democracy". This is a "resource war". Even Alan Greenspan literally said it and is quoted in this movie : it is all about OIL. The US and in broader terms the whole western civilization is built on (cheap) oil. Oil provides cars and planes with fuel, it even produces "food" (be it full of pesticides and with few nutrients). The big problem is that oil corrupted the governments, and they do absolutely nothing to stop the way our "civilization" is built. We are in a position we cannot expect our "democratic" governments to take any action. If we want to take action, we'll have to do it ourselves. And it won't be easy.
This movie is built along several story lines. The strongest ones are built around an Indian businessman and an English wind farm developer.
The Indian businessman wants to offer cheap flying from one rupee onwards to all Indian people, and... succeeds...
The wind farm developer wants Britain to build more and more wind farms. Although he personally has his own wind turbine to supply his family, he wants to build a wind farm for 11.Read more ›
Toward the end of his review, the Librarian laments, "Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?"
Some of the more powerful moments are when an English town votes to deny the permit needed for constructing a wind energy farm ("Of course there is a need for alternative energy... we'll just find it elsewhere," one opponent says after celebrating the defeat [my paraphrase]). And the need to improve the "standard of living" for people in India, Nigeria, and elsewhere, while whittling away at the global greenhouse gas emissions.
No, this was not a documentary. No, this was not supposed to be a fair and balanced view of the debate.
However, it will stimulate discussion. Guaranteed. Age of Enlightenment? Age of Reason? And now, an Age of Stupid. What will our children's children say about us?
There is a PG version (bleeped language) and an original version. However, I wish there was a 55 minute version that could be shown in a classroom timeframe.
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Our physical environment, our civility, our compassion and our ability to reason are all going to hell in a hand-basket. This movie is just another reminder that this is so!Published 5 months ago by Chris Compton
I don't like the styling of this documentary, but I do love the message.Published 12 months ago by Cathy2882
This came to my notice on a podcast in iTunes, it lives up to the trailer and tells the story in a slightly quirky but by the end you will know the story. Highly recommendedPublished on April 9, 2014 by G. J. Churm
really worth watching - i thought the ratings would be higher. it's an interesting take on the problem, from a future perspective that is not very unrealistic at all. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by MD/self-help book junkie
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Makes a matter-of-fact case for why Mankind will continue to sit around twiddling his thumbs while Earth burns. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Not Real Name
Slightly over the top, but moves in the right direction! Has this been screened on Australian television? If not, it should be!Published on February 7, 2013 by Mr. Stephen J. Brook