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    Smile Premier of "Growthbusters" documentary

    Nov. 2, 2011, Washington,D.C. and at later dates in many cities. Available for purchase now, for local orgs, groups, and events.
    Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth Buy the Film

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    I'll be buying the film, seeing there will be no screenings around here. Here is an excerpt I got in my email;
    In a society barraged with advertisements to buy, buy, buy, and media headlines that growth is good, all you need is growth, growth makes the world go ‘round, how is the message of sustainable consumption to get through? Dave Gardner decided that one way is to fight media with media (albeit small media) and he wrote and directed the just-released film Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth. To counteract the perception (and probably the reality) that sustainability advocates are a gloomy bunch, he uses humor, depicting himself as a prototypical “growthbuster,” barging into government planning meetings wielding his “growthbuster” ray gun and questioning basic assumptions. The humor comes through the contrast between his low-key, deadpan delivery—a Woody Allen-ish character, the little guy remarking that the emperor has no clothes—and the grandiose ambitions of halting the labyrinthian spread of roads and construction ever deeper into what’s left of nature.

    As a long-time crusader against development in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gardner has earned the growthbuster moniker. His efforts culminated in a 2009 challenge to a powerful city council member, and the story of that race acts as a narrative framing device to keep viewers interested. Growthbusters also includes fast-paced juxtapositions of roads and construction with the remnants of nature (including a brief shot of the prototypical dead animal on a highway) and a flurry of headlines celebrating the need for such growth (that many of these are computer-screen shots gives away the film’s low budget—perhaps its growth-busting budget?). At its heart, though, the film is a traditional documentary, featuring interviews with key thinkers on sustainable consumption: Bill McKibben, Juliet Schor, Paul Ehrlich, and Dennis Meadows, among others. They systematically lay out the dilemma created by humanity’s burgeoning consumption habits in conjunction with population growth, by the growing stress on water, energy, and other resources.

    Particularly effective is a sequence where physics professor Al Bartlett (augmented by graphics) explains the danger emanating from the human inability to understand exponential growth (even if we understand it theoretically, its practical effects still come as a shock). If a bacteria is put in a jar at 11 o’clock and doubles every minute until at noon the jar is completely full, at what point is the glass half full? Our first reaction might be 11:30 or even 11:50, but of course it’s a minute before noon; similarly, the human race is closer than we think to consuming our planet to death.

    Growthbusters, then, effectively conveys the gravity of our situation

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    Now here is an organization that will make a difference because it is facing the reality of our human predicament. Beautiful!

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    I showed it at our public library 12 days ago and only 6 people showed up!! I had a notice in the paper and put up at the library and the school and grocery store for two weeks prior, but the weather was kind of bad that day, too. Still, it shows a general lack of caring about growth and its negative effects. All we can do is try to spread the word, live our lives green, and pray for a miracle to sway humanity towards sustainability in all things.

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    All the politicians talk about economic growth, but only one even has a C grade from NumbersUSA (Mitt Romney). The ONLY growth we should have is in going green!!!! Using less resources, cutting way back on fossil fuel use, extreme efficiency and recycling of water, etc., etc.......

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    Sadly, I'm not surprised at the lack of response to your efforts. I think the human species must be instinctively addicted to growth because ALL life must grow to reproduce and survive. Yet, we humans have intellect with which to think beyond our instincts, or so we may presume, but nowadays it looks like the opposite, that intellect follows instinct to accomplish its primordial yearnings to conquer and devour everything regardless of consequences, especially in men who are driven by their chemistry to hunt and kill. We blame George Bush The 2nd for invading Iraq, but even with a far more intelligent President Obama, circumstances are moving the USA toward a war with Iran. Similarly, the whole Green Movement appears bogged down with its inevitable involvement with cost-accounting capitalism in which green technology must prove its profitability to succeed, and of course it can't, because profit was never its purpose in the first place, but to save the environment for the next generation. So, the instinct to grow profits is corrupting the instinct to save the children and grandchildren.
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