- Introduction by Jamie Simpson, Director of Ecological Hosting
- A Simple Choice
- Arithmetic, Population, and Energy
- An Inconvenient Truth
- Money as Debt
- The Story of Stuff
- Zeitgeist: The Movie
- Zeitgeist: Addendum
- TED Talks 2006: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
- New movie in production: Future Weather
Introduction by Jamie Simpson, Director of Ecological Hosting
This page contains interesting videos found on the Internet that I personally feel are well worth the time taken to watch, and if we can get the essense of the content shown here into the minds and consciousness of the current population of this planet, then we should see earlier changes that would make the transition to less oil dependent systems easier to cope with in the long run.
All the abundant energy we will ever need hits the surface of this planet daily, we just have to learn how to harness it. Oil is a slippery slope and we’re on the slide down right now. I believe on the global scale we have a simple choice; we can make this transition out of an oil based economy relatively easy by changing our focus, taking action and ceasing debate over if climate change is real or not, or we can leave it to nature to put the brakes on for us – and I’m fairly certain that will be a much more unpleasant experience.
Before you write to berate something I’ve said here, please do view the videos below and make up your own mind. A colleague coined the term “Practical Green”, which I like a lot; the meaning being: if it’s simple and easy to do (like recycle your paper, change your electricity supplier, switch things off, use reusable bags etc) then we should be doing it.
Think about this too: Whatever it is you support, your pet charity, or community group, they will all count for nothing if we don’t do something about this one. If we make the planet uninhabitable for humans (and no doubt several other species along the way), then there won’t be any of these other things for us to worry about – and let’s be clear here, we are not saving the planet, the planet will be fine either way, we are saving ourselves, our own species.
There are many shades of so called green, environmental, climate activist, call it what you like and many people on the other side of the fence. The first videos here are to help remove the rift that these opposing views and any shade of grey (green) inbetween have created and point to the evidence. Hard facts as to why we should do something. No politics required.
We are, above all, creative beings. We have the ability to feed the world, stabilise population numbers, solve the energy crisis and make alternatives to probably everything we desire. In my mind the future isn’t bleak and full of martyrs to the cause, it’s bright and vibrant pretty much like the world many of us are privileged to live in today. We just need the will power and global cooperation to make it happen. So let’s go create!
Jamie Simpson 08/09/2009
«text in special quotes like this» represents direct quotes taken from the official web site for the movie in question. This should hopefully mean the synopsis are as close to how the author would describe the feature as possible.
Choices based on the evidence to date
The first two videos here have no political stand point and they don’t have a foot in either camp relating to climate change. They simply state using clear logical reasoning based on the available facts, what would be the most prudent action to take.
Thanks to wonderingmind42 on YouTube for putting these two videos out there.
A Simple Choice
The following video succinctly explains why debating about if climate change is true or false should not be the basis of our action or inaction.
Arithmetic, Population, and Energy
Sustainable growth is a misnomer. It simply isn’t possible. Watch Dr. Albert A. Bartlett’s presentation: “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy” for a nice clear explanation as to why. He posits that “the greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function”.
Don’t let the maths element put you off, this is a great presentation – and all the maths is done for you anyway! Just watch how this simple equation applies to population growth, economic growth, oil depletion, you name it.
This video also presents the facts relating to peak oil, as they were predicted (now famously) by Dr. M. King Hubbert back in 1956, and what has come to pass since.
An Inconvenient Truth
«[This film] offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. [An] eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his “traveling global warming show”.»
An Inconvenient Truth – Film Trailer
Money as Debt
Ever wondered about how money is “created”? See also Zeitgeist below.
The Story of Stuff
«From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.»
Zeitgeist: The Movie
What do Christianity, 911 and The Federal Reserve all have in common?
«The first film focuses on suppressed historical & modern information about currently dominant social institutions, while also exploring what could be in store for humanity if the power structures at large continue their patterns of self-interest, corruption, and consolidation.»
«The second film, Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other “establishment” notions of human affairs, but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are and how we align with nature, to which we are a part. The work advocates a new social system which is updated to present day knowledge, highly influenced by the life long work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.»
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
TED Talks February 2006
«Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.»
We are proud to be enabling the producers of this new film to host their web site on our solar powered service.
«Future Weather is a character-driven story of abandonment, responsibility and self-fulfillment. Central to the lives of three rural women is a gifted by lonely child named Laduree, an aspiring conservationist whose experiments to save the planet from global warming are trashed when her mother runs away. Laduree manages to survive in the country alone, but when her grandmother gets wise to the situation, she is forced to leave home. As Laduree struggles to grasp what her future holds, she unexpectedly connects with the people around her and discovers how to grow roots in a turbulent world.»
«One of our key aims in getting Future Weather in front of audiences is to raise awareness about global warming now. To do that, we feel we must endeavor to balance our desire to create an environmentally-friendly production with limited amounts of time and money. We decided that a realistic approach for us is to take as many green actions as our budget permits at all stages of the film’s production. The four main ways we can do this are to conserve energy, reduce emissions, renew materials, and choose local whenever possible. This green production experiment will lay the foundation for Green Behind-the-Scenes, a guide we will create for film and videomakers about how to make sustainable production choices.»