This Year's Inconvenient Truth Hopes to Make You Care Again
Yes, climate change movies are sad and often lead to quiet desperation, but here's why we should continue watching and acting.
I often feel that the worst part about climate change movies is not simply their disturbing subject matter but also the haunting sense of urgency they leave you with that is certain to remain unresolved no matter what you do. In these moments of frustration that threaten to turn into despair and eventually acquiescence, I remind myself that I continue to watch and share in the hopes of helping push public consensus and pressure to that tipping point that starts all revolutions and will eventually affect the political and business establishments in swift and unprecedented ways.
Before the Flood - a feature length collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic (with Martin Scorsese as executive producer) that was just released for free on YouTube (for a limited time) - is the next Inconvenient Truth that hopes to make you care about and act on climate change. It covers the most significant economic, political and technological trends as well as the most recent scientific findings.
We follow DiCaprio as he takes us around the world to see the latest and terrifying damage that has been done to the planet by human activity and also to meet world leaders and scientists in order to give us a ray of hope, as the actor himself admits from the very beginning is not one of the optimists.
But it is the website really (Beforetheflood.com), rather than the movie, that provides that ray of hope. There you can find a comprehensive section covering diverse solutions to the different problems contributing to climate change, backed by academic research and pilot programs. From reforestation, renewable energy and urban resiliency, to scaling technological innovations, climate education and regional leadership - there you can maybe find a cause or a project to channel that unresolved sense of urgency into.
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Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this happens in the pharmaceutical world, certain companies stay at the top of the ladder, through broadly-protected patents, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation — "tweaks" — the same as product invention.
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