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GrowthBusters (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2011 (USA)
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This film asks the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization? It takes a unique approach among modern environmental documentaries: Rather than ... See full summary »


Dave Gardner


Dave Gardner
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Credited cast:
Saleem Ali Saleem Ali ... Self (professor of environmental studies)
Kelly Baker Kelly Baker ... Extra
Albert Bartlett Albert Bartlett ... Self (professor emeritus of physics) (as Bartlett)
George Carlin ... Self (archive footage)
John Cruickshank John Cruickshank ... Self (Sierra Club)
Brian Czech Brian Czech ... Self (CASSE)
Herman Daly Herman Daly ... Self (ecological economist)
Maxine Dunn Maxine Dunn ... Narrator
Veronica Egan Veronica Egan ... Self (Great Old Broads for Wilderness)
Paul Ehrlich Paul Ehrlich ... Self (biologist)
Robert Engelman Robert Engelman ... Self (Worldwatch Institute)
Eben Fodor Eben Fodor ... Self (community planning consultant)
Dave Gardner Dave Gardner ... Narrator
Jack Hart Jack Hart ... Self (The Oregonian)
Trathen Heckman Trathen Heckman ... Self (Transition U.S.)


This film asks the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization? It takes a unique approach among modern environmental documentaries: Rather than dispensing facts about climate change; peak energy, food and water; and biodiversity loss, it examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from acting rationally. It asks why population conversations are so difficult to have, and why a roaring economy is more important to us than a survivable planet. It looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with community growth and economic growth. Hooked on Growth holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind, and the values we need to embrace, in order that our children can survive and thrive. Written by Dave Gardner

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Hooked on Growth




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1 May 2016 | by nationalmirrorSee all my reviews

I have to admit that I wasn't impressed with this film probably because I've just recently spent time on the gifted John de Graaf's outstanding books and films, especially the film "Affluenza," and can't help comparing John's bedrock ideals to the interests of those with more dilettantish persuasions. Besides, that film featured Joe Dominguez (a childfree, ultra-simple-living genius who wrote "Your Money or Your Life"), adding a welcome amount of authenticity and weight to any discussion about the environment.

Plus, I always research any group that asks for donations and concerns themselves with overpopulation in particular (my wife and I are in our 60s and childfree by choice), overconsumption, and environmental protection. I like to contribute serious dollars and my voluntary efforts only after peering behind the public façade to see if their talk is being walked.

And this is where most fail the test, which surprises me still after all my years dealing with activists, real and imagined. Two people living in a 5600-square-foot home, along with all the bells and whistles, is not my idea of low consumption. Apparently, giving up a certain lifestyle is difficult for those who spent decades catering to the corporate message.

Consequently, I'll be promoting and contributing to John de Graaf's extensive efforts: Take Back Your Time, Center for Humans & Nature, The Happiness Initiative, Earth Economics, etc. Since the 1970s, he has been living the message to downsize, to protect nature. Gravitas such as he possesses is sorely needed now.

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