Surviving Progress

A documentary about how humans and the earth are doomed because of the technological advancements that we have made. We are writing checks that the planet can’t pay. While we haven’t evolved enough to be able to use the technology available to us, we are killing the planet. Lots of famous and not so famous people all chip in with their opinions on how doomed we are, such as, Stephen Hawking, David Suzuki, Jane Goodall, and Margaret Atwood. The fact that Margaret Atwood, a novelist, appears in this documentary proves that this has to be a Canadian project. There is talk of moving from consumption to non-consumption, in essence stopping buying all the crap we use every day. This may mean going back to the dark ages but if it is to help the planet who wouldn’t want to do that. Strangely enough, with scenes of social inequality, revolution, and other bad things, all using news footage, there is a clip of an explosion from the movie Wanted. Does this indicate that movies are killing the planet? While the message may be accurate and honest, a documentary such as this, which will be seen by few people may actually be a negative impact on the future of the world. After all, if it was that important, wouldn’t everyone want to see it? Surviving Progress joins a large number of documentaries that forecast doom and gloom, each barely making a blip in mainstream media. Humanity will only sit up and take notice when things that are taken for granted no longer are available or work. Until then, keep buying all the shit you don’t need.