Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst?
Oil production has peaked and our worldwide system based on this finite resource is imploding, proclaims this disturbing 2009 documentary directed by Chris Smith. (Smith also directed The Yes Men and American Movie)
This film will confirm what many already know and, hopefully, wake up multitudes of sleepwalkers. Its message is a stark clarion call to action. If you want to broaden your understanding of the global energy/environmental crisis, watch this movie. You don’t have to take my word for it–check out the superlative reviews.
The film’s protagonist and sole actor is former Los Angeles police officer turned investigative journalist Michael Ruppert who has been researching, lecturing, warning and predicting about the dangers of oil dependence for decades. Powers notes:
While other experts debate this issue in measured tones, Ruppert doesn’t hold back at sounding an alarm, portraying an apocalyptic future. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Smith lets viewers form their own judgments.
His predictions are dire, but Ruppert also encourages his viewers to rally together to find solutions for the survival of life on Earth. According to Ruppert’s newly launched website Collapse Network, conscious people are already networking and building metaphorical lifeboats, and he is supporting their efforts. You can also check out the buzz on the Collapse Facebook page.
Even if Ruppert’s vision of the impending collapse of industrial civilization is extreme, the solutions the world needs to embrace are still the same.
We must invest ourselves into the work of sustainability. Support solar power and wind energy technology. Consume less. Organize in our communities. Localize our economies. Grow food instead of lawns. Today, we can start making different choices and moving toward a sustainable future.
~N. Logsdon Mandelkorn