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Yes I too was traumatized by Michael Moore’s documentary “Planet of the Humans”. It was a much needed slap in the face. A reality check we didn’t even realize we needed.
- It’s severely pessimistic and will create anxiety at apocalyptic levels.
- It cherry-picks and has profound bias opinions. However, it does unveil several underlying hard truths (check out our article on biofuels).
- What did we learn after having watched it?
- The biomass/biofuel industry is illusory and harmful. Yes, we can’t rely on this method entirely for energy production. Although each biomass footprint is different, which the movie fails to notice. For example waste-to-energy plants or algae fuel are more sustainable alternatives.
- Solar panels and wind turbines have large production footprints. However, could they be made from better materials instead?
- The movie fails to talk about wave and hydrogen power as better alternatives.
- What are our takeaways from the movie?
- Let’s be even more hopeful that people will make meaningful lifestyle changes to reduce our heavy energy demands on our planet overall.
- Capitalism doesn’t work, can we think of a better system?
- We are undergoing a green and technological revolution, not all hope should be lost if the transition phase isn’t perfect.
- Do we recommend watching it?
- Yes and No. Watch it, but take everything they say with a pinch of salt, and don’t lose hope!