Documentary movie review: part 1 of 2 parts
As human beings continue their destructive rampage around the planet, they find themselves facing accelerating dilemmas on every continent. No one can deny quickening traumas facing humanity in the 21st century. Humans spew billions of tons of toxic air into the atmosphere while they plasticize the oceans, cut down the forests and tamper with nature’s environmental balancing systems.
A full third or two billion people lack adequate drinking water daily. Over 3.0 billion humans suffer from malnutrition. Over 18 million human beings die of starvation or starvation related diseases annually. Rainforests burn away and thousands of species suffer extinction annually. A laundry list of humanity’s assaults on Mother Nature encompasses 27,000 square mile dead zones in the oceans at the mouths of major rivers to three million ton floating plastic dumps swirling in the Pacific Ocean known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”
In the last few years, this planet commenced speaking to us in ever sharper language with her displeasure of our actions. She hurled “Hurricane Katrina” at the United States. She’s breaking up the ice at the Arctic and the Antarctic. She will double her annual human starvation death rate in years to come. Mother Earth shrieks louder with each passing year, “You’ve got a choice. You’re messing up my surface. You can fix it or I can fix it for you. If I fix it, I will toss everything you’ve created away…including you humans.”
In the most important, brilliant and electrifying documentary film of the 21st century, “Blind Spot” by Adolfo Doring, Randal Wallace and David Gill--they conduct interviews with men and women studying human impact on this planet. Those educators introduce humanity’s stark future if we continue on our current path. I urge every U.S. Congress politician, governor, mayor and citizen to take an hour to watch, and then, take action. I especially urge someone to bring this video to Barack Obama for personal viewing.
In the last 100 years, the human race grew its numbers six times more than in 1900. It added six billion people in the blink of a century. How? Oil, coal and natural gas increased humanity’s ability to produce more food that allowed more population. It’s known as the age of energy, yet that age slips quickly into our rear view mirrors. For those arrogant enough to think that energy won’t be a problem, I offer you the reality of our limited water supplies to be just as dangerous!
Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, said, “We face a completely different way of living. In the past, machines took care to make food. We’ve gotten used to it. Oil impregnates everything in our lives.”
Lester Brown, author of Plan B 3.0, www.worldwatchinstitute.com , said, “Oil is the life line of the global economy, but reserves are shrinking and declining. Peak oil could happen next year or within five years, but it’s going to happen. It will change our world radically. It will change everything we do. When historians write about it, they will refer to it as Before Peak Oil and After Peak Oil.”
Dr. Ted Caplow, energy expert, said, “The energy crisis becomes the food crisis because biofuels compete with food production.”
Dr. Roscoe Bartlett, research and development, said, “We’re good at responding to a crisis, but not preventing it. To mitigate consequences, we should have started 20 years ago. We shouldn’t wait until we’re in the crisis.”
Dr. Albert Bartlett, author of Getting Malthus Right , “In general, people are inumerates, which means they are illiterate in terms of their understanding of peak oil. Societies have grown beyond their ability to produce food. It’s common sense that we should prepare for peak oil but this society rejects any actions.”
As I watched several of the world’s top experts educate in this movie as well as the visuals that complimented their dialogue, I sat mesmerized at their certitude and veracity. At the same time, I had seen with my own eyes through my world travels most of what they discussed. I witnessed firsthand the ‘dead zones’ around the world in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea and off the Yantze River on the coast of China where humans spew so many chemicals into the ocean that most life cannot survive. I’ve breathed the toxic air over Mexico City, LA, Shanghai, China, San Paulo, Brazil and elsewhere. It hits home more when you’ve seen what most cannot see.
Dr. Joseph Tainter, author of The Collapse of Complex Societies, “Societies become complex beyond what can be sustained. When I see the U.S. society, I see decaying infrastructure, high military costs; solving problems in the short run do not solve the problem. We face loss of standard of living as well as social and political unrest.”
Dr. William Catton, author of Overshoot, “We haven’t noticed that humans are more numerous and more voracious. We changed from the species “homo sapiens” which means “man the wise” to “homo colossus” which means “too big an impact or race of giants.”
Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, added, “There’s nothing normal going on in America today. Fossil fuels are finite and we’re drawing down that stock at a phenomenal rate of speed. This is the most serious problem to face the human race since we became humans.”
We consume, devour, gorge and destroy just about everything in our path. Americans burn 20 million barrels of oil daily. Worldwide, 84 million barrels daily! Every added American destroys 12.6 acres of wilderness habitat to support his or her life. We add 3.1 million humans to the USA annually. Within 26 years, we expect 100 million added which translates into 1.26 billion acres of destroyed habitat. We might call ourselves “homo gargantuan consumptous.”
Matt Savinar, www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net , “There’s no way we can continue consuming oil. No one seems to care. How could we be this dumb? Answer: politics and lies. People rather enjoy and covet those that lie to give comfort in the short term.
In the second portion of this documentary, I found myself unable to divert my eyes from the ongoing movie while listening to the words of the spokespersons. Each one wove a different color into the fabric of our undoing, into the future of our children, into the very essence of life on earth.
Derrick Jensen, author of The Culture of Make Believe, “We make believe that we can have infinite human growth and the age of oil will last forever. We have to make believe that we can kill a planet and still live on it.”
Part 2: Harsh realities humans face in 21st century
Obtain DVD: www.blindspotdoc.com
To take action: First and foremost, join www.numbersusa.com and become one of nearly a million Americans making impact with pre-written faxes and phone calls to change immigration policies toward a stable future. Bi-partisan and highly effective!
Second, join www.thesocialcontract.com for up to date information via the Social Contract Quarterly. Exceptional publication to keep you informed.
www.fairus.org ; www.vdare.com ; www.alipac.us ; www.firecoalition.com ; www.cairco.org ; www.limitstogrowth.com ; www.capsweb.org ; www.populationmedia.org ; www.worldpopulationbalance.org ; LimitsToGrowth.org
Visit this site for a rendition of Colorado Governor Lamm’s speech: “How to Destroy America”
Must see DVD: “Blind Spot”
This movie illustrates America’s future without oil, water and other resources to keep this civilization functioning.
In Canada: Tim Murray,
Director Immigration Watch Canadawww.immigrationwatch.org
Vice President Biodiversity First http://biodiversityfirst.googlepages.com/index.htm
Watch the DVD movie: “Blind Spot”—Exceptional movie with top scientists candidly discussion what we face as a civilization if we continue on our hyper-population growth path.
Please visit Annie Leonard at www.storyofstuff.com for a compelling and highly interesting 20 minute video concerning our high consumption, highly wasteful and unsustainable society. She educates and provides avenues for you to make a difference.
Visit this web site by Chris Martenson: http://www.chrismartenson.com/environmental_data
In Colorado: visit www.soprisfoundation.org for information how you can network with like-minded folks to create a more sustainable future for Colorado and other states.
View CNN’s “Planet in Peril” with Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling:
Ghost of Thomas Paine—compelling video of common sense
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA: D.C.: (202)224-2854 firstname.lastname@example.org
Books to read: “The Long Emergency” by James Howard Kunstler
“Peak Everything” by Richard Heinberg
Many People” by Lindsey Grant
Become a member of “Frosty’s Press Agent Corps” whereby you volunteer a few hours to send out emails to top TV and radio hosts to offer top speakers on America’s overpopulation crisis driven by unending immigration. Email email@example.com and receive two informational letters showing you exactly what to do.
Roy Beck's "IMMIGRATION BY THE NUMBERS" is the single best educational appreciation of America's future if we allow ourselves to add another 100 million people. Just click on this site for the most sobering experience of your children's future.
Roy Beck gives a graphic presentation of our fate if we continue to allow legal and illegal immigration to swamp this country. If you have children, you will be particular unnerved at their fate. I know Roy Beck personally and his integrity and knowledge stand at the top. Pass this web site 14 minute video far and wide across America to educate everyone you know. We either stop this human tsunami or the future of this country will be much like Rome's. We must, as a nation and a civilization, move to secure our country from this massive, unrelenting population overload from a line that never ends. This will be the most compelling 14 minute video of your life.
Bob Woodruff of ABC asked input from all citizens concerning the future of our planet. Go to www.earth2100.tv for a sobering reality check as to what we face and to what I have been writing about for the past 20 years. Our ‘window’ to change to a balanced population and non-polluting energy diminishes every day we listen to irresponsible media and thus ignore the blatant symptoms manifesting all over America and the planet.
From: Frosty Wooldridge
This three minute interview with Adam Schrager on “Your Show” May 4, 2008, NBC Channel 9 News, addresses the ramifications of adding 120 million people to USA in 35 years and six million people to Colorado as to water shortages, air pollution, loss of farmland, energy costs and degradation of quality of life. In the interview, Frosty Wooldridge explains the ramifications of adding 120 million people to the USA in 35 years. He advances new concepts such as a “Colorado Carrying Capacity Policy”; “Colorado Environmental Impact Policy”; “Colorado Water Usage Policy”; “Colorado Sustainable Population Policy”. Nationally, the USA needs a "National Sustainable Population Policy" to determine the carrying capacity of this nation for the short and long term. Wooldridge is available for interviews on radio and TV having interviewed on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX.
Go to: www.frostywooldridge.com and click on “Audio/Video” tab
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com