THE ELEVENTH HOUR
The expression “the eleventh hour” means the last moment when change can happen to avert possible disaster. The 11th Hour film proposes potential solutions to these problems by calling for restorative action by the reshaping and rethinking of global human activity through technology, social responsibility and conservation.
Hasn’t anybody noticed the droughts, floods and heat waves … the pollution of the rivers, the clear cuttings of forests and the plastic that now exists in the oceans? These are symptoms of a broken connection between humans and nature.
Things are 79 to 100 years ahead of schedule. Scientists are scared. It’s appropriate to be scared when facing extinction.
In summary, the earth is nearing meltdown, beyond climate change. The process began with the Industrial Revolution, when people started mistakenly looking on nature as external to themselves and exploitable without limits. Forests have undergone major destruction. The ocean is becoming stagnant. Almost everywhere, the soil itself is largely damaged. In addition, 50,000 species a year are becoming extinct; no ecosystem can be identified as improving.
Humans suffer from increasing numbers of diseases caused by pollution. At fault is the overproduction of non-sustainable manufactures, immense waste and destruction, and an unsupportable population. The primary cause for much of the crisis is the fuels we use, petroleum being the primary one.
Through nature itself, the technology exists to solve some of these crises, and part of the solution is for people to live more consciously in harmony with nature as opposed to dominating it. According to the film, in a few years we will have reached the point of no return. We are not only at the eleventh hour, but at the last few seconds of that hour. Within this century, if nothing effective is achieved, planetary damage will be dramatic and total in every area. Although impossible to predict, extreme disaster could be quick once the balance is decisively tipped in the wrong direction, and it will happen everywhere.
Experts interviewed underlined that everyone must become involved to reverse the destruction and climate change. The role of humans in the destruction of the environment is explained from the viewpoint of several different professional fields including environmental scientists, oceanographers, economic historians, and medical specialists. The many experts called upon in this documentary effectively demonstrated a consensus concerning human-caused climate change, and the many other impacts of industrialization such as the dramatic loss of species (biodiversity).
It’s sad that so few people have seen this as it is so important that people understand how we are messing up this planet:
The 11th Hour (documentary) DOWNLOAD (2007 – 86 min.)
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If this movie does not pull your heart strings and inspire you to change not only your outlook but that of everyone’s around you and rekindle your connection to nature. Many of us have removed ourselves from nature by thinking we as humans are superior and therefore, nature and many forms of life can be considered possessions, mainly (or ALWAYS) for the purpose of profit.
The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment – how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world:
Leonardo DiCaprio: Global warming is not only the number 1 environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity … We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.
With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, the film documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed. The film’s premise is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy.
Stephen Hawking: One can see from space how the human race has changed the Earth. Nearly all of the available land has been cleared of forest and is now used for agriculture or urban development. The polar icecaps are shrinking and the desert areas are increasing. At night, the Earth is no longer dark, but large areas are lit up. All of this is evidence that human exploitation of the planet is reaching a critical limit. But human demands and expectations are ever-increasing. We cannot continue to pollute the atmosphere, poison the ocean and exhaust the land. There isn’t any more available.
One of the most serious consequences of our actions is global warming brought about by rising levels of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. The danger is that the temperature increase might become self-sustaining if it has not done so already.
Kenny Ausubel: When we all talk about “saving the environment” in a way it’s misstated because the environment is going to survive. We are the ones who may not survive. Or we may survive in a world we don’t particularly wanna live in. Probably the greatest weapon of mass destruction is corporate economic globalization.
James Hillman: But even to think that we are separated from Nature is somehow a thinking disorder. You cannot be separated from Nature. Why we think that way is the interesting thing.
Thom Hartmann: The problem is the way we are thinking. The problem is fundamentally a cultural problem. It’s at the level of our culture that this illness is happening. Our biosphere is sick.
David Orr: We are now products of $500 billion of advertising each year. So as we destroy nature, we will be destroyed in the process. There’s no escaping that conclusion. This is “all hands on deck” time.
Thomas Linzey: Not only is it the 11th hour, it’s 11:59 and 59 seconds.
Wes Jackson: It’s not just global warming. It’s not just fossil-fuel dependency. It’s not just soil erosion It’s not just chemical contamination of our land and water. It’s not just the population problem. And it’s not just all of those. – The deterioration of the environment of our planet is an outward mirror of an inner condition. – Like inside, like outside. And that’s a part of the Great Work.
Sen. James Inhofe: Could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people?
Ray Anderson: So we’ve got bad things happening on a lot of fronts. And Earth is hurting… and we are the culprit.
David Suzuki – Scientist, Environmentalist, Broadcaster: Economists don’t include all of the things that nature does for us for nothing. Some technologies would never be able to do what nature does. For example, pollinating all of the flowering plants. What would it cost us to take carbon dioxide out of the air and put oxygen back in, which all the green things do for us for nothing? It’s possible to do a crude estimate of what it would cost us to replace nature. Well, it turns out, he estimated it would cost us $35 trillion a year to do what nature is doing for us for nothing. Now let’s put that in perspective. If you had added up all of the annual economies of all the countries in the world at that time, it would come to $18 trillion. So, nature is doing twice as much service for us as the economies of the world. And in the madness of conventional economics, this is not in the equation.
If you take the Darwinian evolutionary path, then humans are earth’s cancer. Man is a party animal and the earth is the toilet into which we vomit.
Not only do each one of us need to clean up after ourselves but also clean up the pollution inside of ourselves as well. All of these things help to eliminate the toxins within that pollute our very thinking making it harder to listen to our inner voices for the steps we as individuals could be taking to make this world we have created a healthier one. After all, no human being has anything without their health, and our health ultimately depends on the health of the planet we live on.
Profit and ethics simply don’t mix in the corporate world. Corporations “think” they are the all-powerful “beings” who can attach themselves to whatever they choose to, and because the driving force of this is profit and NOT morality, how can we trust this can be at all ethical?
We have a political system where lobbying, campaign contributions and monetary gifts are protected by law as “expressions of speech”. Money drives our political decisions. Politics is very much dependent on the economy and corporations. It is government’s role to show concern over the public’s well-being by lifting some of the laws that allow the corporations to continuously gain more power and profit through the plundering of our natural resources. If only governments and corporations could see past their own greed and put their enormous amount of power, money and energy into DOING SOMETHING for the sake of the planet., for example, funding and implementing sustainable sources of energy.
Capitalism simply cannot function on a planet with finite resources. Wealth is held in fewer and fewer hands. China and India have just now reached their industrial revolutions and their vast populations want the “standard of living” that Americans have enjoyed.
As for us as consumers, we have truly lost touch with what is most important: the real world in which we live in. We have lost touch because our society is overwhelmed with over-marketed commodities we are constantly confronted with, such as branded clothing we “must” purchase and entertainment and music we feel we need to have to give us fulfillment, and the “necessary” vehicles we must drive in order to function on a day to day basis, and the specific “look” we constantly aspire to have with fashionable clothing and shoes, hair, makeup, etc.
It is a human problem. Is the ability to have a faster car, a bigger house, or a more expensive purse more important than having natural resources and life? So why are we not doing anything drastic about it? We as humans never do anything about anything until it is too late. We face extinction unless we address it.
The most important thing individuals can do is to become educated about the global crisis and act in accordance with newly acquired information. Follow local and federal legislation and contact your elected officials regularly to let them know how you want them to vote on issues affecting the environment. Write letters to the newspaper so that your commitment becomes public and energizes others.
It’s our generation that gets to change the world – forever. Let’s turn mankind’s darkest hour into its finest. You will ask your political representative, what are they doing in the various levels of government to help the environment for our own good?
We have to have a sense of responsibility not only about now but about our children’s and grandchildren’s future.