My thoughts on Planet of the Humans, which I recommend

April 27, 2020 by Joshua
in Nature, Podcast

I just finished watching Planet of the Humans, a documentary on people working on the environment, as well as many people claiming to, who aren’t, though many mean well.

As you might expect, many people have told me about it. It was uncomfortable but I’m glad I watched it. It’s free on YouTube. Here it is to save you a click:

My thoughts

My mom asked me what I thought of it. I said it described where I was ten years ago, maybe more. Fifteen or twenty years ago, reading Limits to Growth and learning systems thinking revealed to me the folly of hoping that technology, which contributed to our environmental situation, would get us out. On the contrary, it’s exacerbating the situation.

The movie didn’t reach my discovery since then of how glorious and joyful life becomes after dropping one’s consumption 90%. I suspect the filmmakers didn’t try living that way so didn’t discover that joy. Like most they probably considered their pollution worth it since it would save yet more. I don’t know, maybe they cut back, but I doubt it since if they did, I expect they’d share the joy, community, and connection they found.

And that dropping our consumption 90% would solve a lot of problems. Now I want to drop mine more, for more glory, joy, community, and connection.

(Note: I value Bill McKibben’s New Yorker writing. I’m not sure they covered him fairly.)

I’ve record many relevant podcast episodes, plus my TEDx talks. Here are a few short ones:

310: The Start and End of Any Serious Conversation on the Environment

Episode 279: Role model and global leader Mechai Viravaidya

294: Population: How Much Is Too Much?

248: Countdown, a book I recommend by Alan Weisman

251: Let’s make overpopulation only a finance issue

250: Why talk about birthrate and population so much?

281: People don’t want to do small things. They want to do meaningful things.

275: Go Big

My first TEDx talk, Find Your Delicious:

My second TEDx talk, What everyone gets wrong about the environment

Coming soon: my third TEDx talk. For now, here’s a keynote I gave based on the third TEDx talk:

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