Surviving Progress

Ronald Wright, whose bestseller A Short History Of Progress inspired this film, reveals how civilisations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” – alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out of control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilisation collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

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by New Philosopher on March 29, 2015

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