posted by Larry Weintraub
The film is great. I'm not going to tell you it is groundbreaking or something you haven't seen or heard before, but it moved me. Half way through the movie Denise asked me if it made me want to do something, to do my part. It did.
About 60% of the movie shows all the disasters that climate change is causing. It paints a very bleak portrait of corporate America and the corporations of the world. How population growth has led to the depletion of our natural resources. How the consumption of fossil fuels is damaging the earth in so many different ways.
But, like a good documentary does, it spent quality time showing how all is not lost and that change can happen. And that is where I got inspired. What can I do in my life?
Denise asked, "makes you not want to eat beef, huh?" I said, "Yea. But I love it so much." She agreed. "Maybe we could eat it just once a week." I suggested.
What if there was a law that stated everyone could eat beef just once a week? Nope, that won't work. Laws are a funny thing. They are set up to protect us from hurting others, but if you tell somebody that they can only eat something at specific intervals, then they'll claim their Constitutional rights are being attacked. And I don't disagree. There was a statement in the movie that someone said which was interesting. According to this person, he said that Thomas Jefferson suggested that the Constitution be re-written every generation. Regardless, the point is that it made me want to be better about my role in providing a better world for my son and his children and so on.
My favorite quote in the movie came from author and environmentalist Paul Hawken:
The great thing about the dilemma we’re in is that we get to reimagine every single thing we do. In other words, there isn’t one single thing we make or systems that we have that doesn’t require a complete remake
There are two ways of looking at it. One is, ‘Oh my gosh, what a big burden.’ The other, which is the way I prefer to look at it is, ‘What a great time to be born, what a great time to be alive.’ Because this generation gets to, essentially, completely change this world. The great thing about this age is that we get to re-imagine every single thing that we do."