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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

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Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.


Kip Andersen (co-director), Keegan Kuhn (co-director)


Kip Andersen (co-writer), Keegan Kuhn (co-writer)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Hamilton ... Self - Sierra Club, Deputy Executive Director
Kip Andersen ... Self - Film Co-Director
Al Gore ... Self - Former U.S. Vice President / Climate Change Activist (archive footage)
Heather Cooley ... Self - Pacific Institute, Water Program Co-Director
Manucher Alemi ... Self - CA Dept. Water Resources, Chief, Water Use and Efficiency Branch
Kamyar Guivetchi ... Self - CA Dept. Water Resources, Statewide Integrated Water Management
Richard Oppenlander ... Self - Environmental Researcher - Author, 'Food Choices and Sustainability (as Dr. Richard Oppenlander)
Kirk R. Smith ... Self - Professor of Global Environmental Health, University of California Berkeley
Demosthenes Maratos ... Self - The Sustainability Institute, at Molloy College
Will Tuttle ... Self - Environmental and Ethics Author (as Dr. Will Tuttle)
Michael Pollan ... Self - Best Selling Food Author, 'In Defense of Food'
Michael Besancon ... Self - Former Whole Foods Market Executive
Chad Nelsen ... Self - Surfrider Foundation, Environmental Director (as Dr. Chaed Nelsen)
Lisa Agabian ... Self - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Lauren Ornelas ... Self - Food Empowerment Project, Executive Director


The World's largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability. Written by Anonymous

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Co-director Kip Andersen became obsessed with (saving) the environment after seeing Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth (2006), eventually leading up to this documentary. See more »


[first lines]
Himself (Sierra Club): The world's climate scientists tell us that the highest safe level of emissions would be around 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. We are already at 400. They tell us that the sort of savest we could hope to do without having perilous implications - as far as drought, famine, human conflict major, species extinction - would be about 2°C increase in temperature. We're rapidly approaching that, and with all the CO2 that's already in the atmosphere we're easily going exceed that. So, ...
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Mindblowingly good!
11 January 2015 | by mike-ryan455See all my reviews

You already know the subject, animal husbandry. You all know the thesis - that animal husbandry is simply ecologically unsustainable with our current population numbers.

What Cowspiracy does is take one person through a very personal journey to show just how there is only one course of action that will allow this species to have a reasonable chance of surviving at the current population levels. We can change and adapt and go to a more healthy diet or we can wait for a massive ecological change and have our population levels and civilization crash like so many others have before.

Is it perfect? No, but it is still that good. I wish broadcast TV had the guts to run it. I wish it were played in schools. Unfortunately they never will.

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15 September 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

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