Episode 41: "No Escape from Planet of the Humans’ Inconvenient Truths"

No Escape from Planet of the Humans’ Inconvenient Truths

Some environmentalists don’t want you to see Planet of the Humans, the new documentary executive produced by Michael Moore, which raises important questions about what we’re being told by renewable energy advocates. The film’s producer/director and narrator, at one point tells the audience:

“It was becoming clear that what we had been calling green, renewable energy, and industrial civilization are one and the same – desperate measures not to save the planet, but to save our way of life.”

Some have accused the filmmakers of racism simply because the film raises the issue of overpopulation. This interview sound bite from respected Post Carbon Institute fellow Richard Heinberg is typical of the film’s messaging about overshoot and overpopulation:

“There are too many human beings, using too much, too fast.”

There’s nothing racist about that statement, but many wanting to defend renewable energy have gone way over the top in their efforts to discredit the film. Planet of the Humans makes some very important points, which were in danger of getting lost in the controversy, so we put together a webinar to explore what value can be taken from the film.

You can view the entire webinar on the World Population Balance YouTube channel (see links below). Or, you can listen to it in this episode of The Overpopulation Podcast as you work, commute, exercise or cook dinner.

The panelists will be continuing the conversation begun at this webinar, which we’ll share as the next episode of The Overpopulation Podcast. Subscribe so you don’t miss it.

Panelists:

Kristine Mattis
An interdisciplinary environmental scholar with a background in Biology and Earth System Science, Kristine has worked as a medical researcher, a science reporter for the congressional record in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a science teacher. She holds a PhD in Environment and Resources. Her writing encompasses issues of social and environmental justice, public health, risk, and science.

Brian Czech
Executive director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). With a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources, his specialties intersect ecological economics, conservation biology, and public policy. The author of several books, Czech recently edited Best of The Daly News: Selected Essays from the Leading Blog in Steady State Economics.

Dave Gardner
Co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living; co-host of The Overpopulation Podcast; director of the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth; host of the syndicated radio series, Conversation Earth; and executive director of World Population Balance.

Erika Arias
Co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living; co-host of The Overpopulation Podcast; Programs & Engagement Coordinator for World Population Balance, and a childfree researcher and advocate.

This episode was published May 25th, 2020.