'Planet of the Humans' questions the common wisdom about electric cars, solar panels, windmills and the like.
What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last week at his Traverse City Film Festival...................................
“I like so many people in the film and I’m one of those people who wanted to believe all of these years that that was the right path,” Moore said. “(But) I refuse to let us die out. I refuse to let this planet die.”
They were even nervous to show it to the festival crowd, where they expected maybe a “50-50 response.” Instead, they got a standing ovation......................It’s part of the reason why they had to make it independently. Gibbs said he tried for years to get an environmental group on board to help offset the costs, only to be turned down at every door. ...........................
‘Planet of the Humans,’ possibly most bracing environmental documentary ever made, premieres at Traverse City Film Festival
“Environmental groups have been collaborating on the lie of growth by helping us pretend that there will be ‘green growth.’ As if you can have wealth or stuff that doesn’t destroy the planet. News flash: that’s an impossibility of physics and biology,” the director tells me. “There is nothing you will ever have in your life that’s not an extraction from the planet earth. And so we’ve all lost touch with that.”
Even Al Gore has lost touch with that, Gibbs asserts (as have, in his opinion, environmental and global warming activists like Robert Kennedy Jr. and Bill McKibben). In the mid 2000s, the former vice president formed a “sustainably focused” investment group with David Blood, a one-time executive at Goldman Sachs.
“Mr. Gore says sustainable investing, which he defines as ‘improving quality of life without borrowing from the future,’ is the ‘single largest investment opportunity in history,'” according to a 2018 piece in the Financial Times.
But it is borrowing from the future, Gibbs says in his film. From the near future.
“On the surface it looks like we [Gore and prominent environmentalists] are all on the same team,” Gibbs observes. “It slowly gets funneled down to what they’re all profiting from...................
“This is perhaps the most urgent film we’ve shown in the 15 year history of our film festival.”
– Filmmaker, Michael Moore
founder Traverse City Film Festival
Supposed Environmental Groups
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