[Free to stream online here: http://crisisofcivilization.com/watch/]
It offers a bird’s eye view of the critical issues mankind is facing and joins the dots by demonstrating the interconnected nature of these problems. Taking the viewer on a journey, it gradually presents the links existing between climate change, soaring demand for rarefying energy, the limitations of our food production system, the deepening financial crisis and the geopolitics of fossil fuel which engender increased militarisation and terrorism.
It demonstrates that our current system of reckless neo liberalism which condemns us to endless growth and insatiable consumerism is the main driving force behind these imbalances and is reaching its limits. It also reminds us that the overewhleming majority of raw material and land ownership is concentrated in too few hands, presenting a key barrier to overcome.
It’s not all doom and gloom as it starts to offer some solutions based on localisation and decentralisation of our current models towards more community led actions. Very much in line with the ethos behind the ‘Transition Towns’ movement.
All this presented in a creative and entertaining way, drawing from amazing archive footages from the Prelinger Archive (http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger) and cool Terry-Gilliamesque animations by Lucca Benney.
You may not agree with all its views or conclusions but it has the merit of carefully sticking to reported hard facts (that can be referenced on their website in the ‘learning machine’ section).
Although being impressively exhaustive I personally feel that it could have added a more optimistic note on human ingenuity in finding new ways of powering our world. Such as Hydrogen power or new generation nuclear power using Thorium, which although still far from materialising could nonetheless prove to be gamechangers if we were to put all necessary resources behind it (the type of joined up effort that can put a man on the moon).
Please watch and tell us what you think! Most importantly let this inspire us to find local solutions to make a difference, one initiative at a time.