|Moore’s film is a critical – one might even say harsh – examination of the green energy movement and its almost exclusive focus on climate change. On the YouTube synopsis of the documentary, Moore comments on his film:
“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? No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong environmentalist and co-producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine”).
The reaction by some environmentalists and others was swift and angry. Moore has been criticized for being unfair, “throwing out the baby with the bathwater,” and being “full of misinformation.” Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and one of the environmentalists criticized in the film, also responded.
No doubt some of the information presented by Moore is erroneous or incomplete. Nevertheless, the basic premise of his film, that all efforts to “save the planet” are futile unless we do something about our ever-growing numbers, is correct. And Moore is right that this basic truth about population growth has been avoided by far too many for far too long—a view also shared by The Overpopulation Project.
We invite you to view the film and come to your own conclusions!
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