EPISODE #18!! It’s been a controversial week in the environmentalism sphere, with the release of the Planet of the Humans documentary. The response has been swift and polarizing, with both “sides” attacking the other, and accusations replacing civil debate. We’re putting our two cents in on various topics relating to the documentary and it’s response.
Key Message: The solution is sufficiency. It’s having your basic needs met, and being at peace and harmony with both yourself and the world we live in.
Some of the points we cover:
– What is the documentary about?
– Our thoughts on the messages presented
– Rebuttal to some of the key points
– What triggered me?
– Media literacy, critique and debate
– When does the promotion of false information become more important than its consequences
– Emotional intelligence & the requirement for media-literacy
– Has the polarization triggered by the film negatively affected the progress and collaboration that we so desperately need? (and that the Directors themselves have called for?)
– Where do we go from here? (It’s not back to the hunter/gatherer days)
“Planet of the Humans (2019), a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day – that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road – selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America.
This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It’s too little, too late. Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption.
Why is this not THE issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end-and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars?” – Planet of the Humans (2019)
- Green policies are desperate measures instead of face the reality we are at our planet’s limits.
- We need to have limits on consumption enforced as we aren’t good at doing that on our own.
- Denial of death has led to a false sense renewables will save us
- Partners, sponsors, and key figures of environmental organizations have done harmful things and/or made unwise deals in the past
- Just accept infinite growth is impossible, humans are unsustainable, less must be the new norm, billionaires aren’t our friends, we’re facing a human-caused apocalypse
“What’s the one takeaway you hope people have after viewing this movie?
That even if there was such a thing as green, clean, infinite, renewable energy it would make no difference unless we humans have an off switch. Unlimited growth on a finite planet is suicide, the consequences of which we are already experiencing in climate change, global pandemic, pollution and toxins poisoning the entire planet, and, worst of all in my view, the collapse of biodiversity and thousands of species on the edge of extinction. I would add that as we find a path to “less is the new more,” job number one is take care of each other both because it’s the right and loving thing to do, and desperate humans are not good for the planet.” FAQs
In Support of the Intended Message of the Documentary:
- Films For Action’s Statement on Planet of the Humans Films For Action
- Powerdown: Let’s Talk About It Joanne Poyourow
Criticism of the Facts in the Documentary Itself:
- Planet of the humans: A reheated mess of lazy, old myths
- Fact check: New Michael Moore-backed documentary full of errors, fundamentally misunderstands electric system – Into the Wind
- Renewable Energy Sources & Climate Change Mitigation
- New Michael Moore film charges enviro leaders have ‘lost their way’ and ‘sold out to corporate interests’