I watched a movie the other day and it is the scariest movie I have ever seen and the scariest part of that statement is that this movie is based in fact, it is a documentary.
I have tried to think of a way that I could relate this movie to the meetings and events industry, I have tried to come up with some witty words that would impart the urgency and the concern to implore us all to do better in our role as meeting and event professionals when it comes to greening our meetings and events.
What I have found is that there are no words to describe what I feel after watching this documentary, except to say, in uncertain terms that if you are one of those idiot meeting planners that refuses to produce a meeting in a more sustainable way, you should be ashamed of yourself and of your company or association. Period.
Everyone should watch this documentary because it will change the way that you look at the world and will make you fear for our children because if even half of the facts are correct, the issues that are coming are not in some far off America... they are happening already and we cannot stop them.
This film is not Democratic or Republican, it is not about whether Global Warming is fact or fiction, it is simply about oil and the fact that there is very little left of this resource. The jig is up, it is over.
The movie is called Collapse.
Here is what Roger Ebert had to say in his 4 Star Review:
If this man is correct, then you may be reading the most important story in today's paper.
I have no way of assuring you that the bleak version of the future outlined by Michael Ruppert in Chris Smith's "Collapse" is accurate. I can only tell you I have a pretty good built-in B.S. detector, and its needle never bounced off zero while I watched this film. There is controversy over Ruppert, and he has many critics. But one simple fact at the center of his argument is obviously true, and it terrifies me.
That fact: We have passed the peak of global oil resources. There are only so many known oil reserves. We have used up more than half of them. Remaining reserves are growing smaller, and the demand is growing larger. It took about a century to use up the first half. That usage was much accelerated in the most recent 50 years. Now the oil demands of giant economies like India and China are exploding. They represent more than half the global population, and until recent decades had small energy consumption.
If the supply is finite, and usage is potentially doubling, you do the math. We will face a global oil crisis, not in the distant future, but within the lives of many now alive. They may well see a world without significant oil.
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Here is the trailer for the movie:
Here is a short clip from the movie: