Thanks to Dave Gardner for this announcement. Incidentally, Paul Ehrlich and I will appear at two screenings of this film in Berkeley, California at the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley) on November 15. The screenings start at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, with a reception at 7:00 pm. For more information, or to obtain a pass, see http://www.growthbusters.org/screenings/bay-area-premiere-of-growthbusters/
“Most Important Film Ever Made” is Released Nov. 2
Documentary Challenges Policy & Perceptions as World Population Passes 7 Billion
The provocative documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, held its world premiere November 2 in Washington DC. Immediately following, grass roots community screenings will begin around the world. World population passed 7 billion on October 31.
After viewing a pre-release screener of the film, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich wrote, “This could be the most important film ever made. It tackles the three lethal taboos that threaten our civilization, those against discussing overpopulation, overconsumption, and the nonsensical idea that economic growth itself is a net benefit even in rich countries and can and must continue forever.”
GrowthBusters delivers a full-frontal assault on the “taboos, myths and greedy growth profiteers that keep us speeding toward a cliff,” says filmmaker Dave Gardner. “Population growth is not inevitable, but it won’t stop until we acknowledge its role in the major crises we face.” “The scale of the human presence on Earth has reached unprecedented proportions,” ecological footprint pioneer William Rees states in the film. “We’ve outgrown the planet.
Gardner interviewed psychologists, physicists, ecologists, sociologists and economists to research and create GrowthBusters. It features interviews with experts like Population Media Center’s Bill Ryerson, former World Bank senior economist Herman Daly and former presidential advisors Gus Speth and Robert Solow.
GrowthBusters examines the beliefs, attitudes and propaganda causing us to ignore evidence perpetual growth is not possible or desirable. Gardner calls “Worship of Growth Everlasting the most powerful and widespread religion in the world.”
Gardner takes on presidents and prime ministers, economists, news media and wealthy capitalists who keep us hooked on growth. Sociologist Juliet Schor and environmental leader Bill McKibben discuss how our relentless drive to earn, spend and consume is not making us happier.
While the news sounds depressing, the film is actually humorous at times and hopeful. It profiles “Growthbusters in Action,” groups and individuals pioneering new value systems and ways of life that don’t depend on growth, and they seem quite happy.
Once you see this film, you’ll never again view the world the same way. The film is available to order now, and will ship in early November. Gardner emphasizes the film’s distribution and effectiveness depend entirely on grass roots supporters the world over ordering the film and organizing house parties and community screenings.
Gardner has dedicated the film to Al Bartlett, University of Colorado professor emeritus of physics, who has dedicated his life to educating people about the power of exponential growth.
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