I (Jeane) finally watched Planet of the Humans.
The best parts of Michael Moore’s controversial eco-documentary in my view are:
-the too-brief encounter with the wise and candid scientist Vandana Shiva, and
– the quote at the end of the film. Pioneer environmentalist Rachel Carson said, “Humankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery—not of nature but of itself.”
The man who urged me to view the film said it makes valid points, yet lacks hope and the knowledge of a spiritual dimension. He would like it to be balanced by a wholistic viewpoint, as in (forgive the plug for our book) Hidden Energy: Tesla-inspired Inventors and a Mindful Path to Energy Abundance.
Planet of the Humans is a must-see if you’re not aware of the dark side of the “renewable” energy technology biofuel, or are unaware of the influence of vested interests or the extent of human-caused damage to Earth. Film producer Jeff Gibbs says Planet of the Humans sheds light on what happens when people cling to illusions, and associate with those with a profit motive. They can make poor choices for the planet.
My late colleague, physicist Brian O’ Leary, once spoke with one of the featured icons, former vice-president of the United States Al Gore. O’Leary tried to get Gore to look into non-conventional energy alternatives, and reported Gore replying that cold fusion, for instance is a “hot potato” which he wouldn’t touch.
In addition to Al Gore, another icon of the environmental movement who was featured in Planet of the Humans also has refused to investigate outside-the-mainstream (breakthrough) energy alternatives.
Two points made in the film did shock me:
-a slaughterhouse scene linked to use of animal fat as an “alternative,” and
-deforestation linked unambiguously to biomass burned for electric power. I had thought that biomass meant mainly using leftovers from food processing and other industries—not logging healthy trees to grind them into wood chips. We need forests to clean the air, moderate the climate, and provide oxygen.
I hadn’t seen Planet of the Humans back when the New Energy Movement hosted an Earth Day 2020 webinar and we chose the theme “Learning from the Forests.” We celebrated their beauty and what we learn from the collaborative creativity and diversity of a natural forest.
Another helpful way to spend time would be to hear Vandava Shiva’s wisdom via online videos. Her message is that a paradigm shift to Earth-centred politics and economics is our only chance of survival. She adds that collective resistance to corporate exploitation can open the way to a new environmentalism.