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What ‘Unsustainable Demand’ looks like.

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here is a short clip from the movie Samsara which is enlightening. Overconsumption is a situation where resource use has outpaced the sustainable capacity of the ecosystem. A prolonged pattern of overconsumption leads to inevitable environmental degradation and the eventual loss of resource bases. This six minute video will open your eyes to a world normally hidden from cameras. A hard hitting dose of perspective of what unsustainable demand looks like. To get more information on the movie go to their website – Samsara.

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  1. Simon
    September 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I’ve never liked supermarkets and this movie does not help. Nevertheless its no good getting into a scarcity mindset. Starvation images could just as well have been part of the clip. The planet can certainly feed its population. Even 9.5 billion is not too many. The barriers are in broadest sense mostly political rather than technological or financial. There is in fact no shortage of the capital, land, sun, water and technology required to feed the world sustainably for the foreseeable future. There is no point pining for a substance or hunter gatherer lifestyle.

    • Christian Hunter
      October 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

      You are right. This film does show that we are quite ingenious, and are enjoying the abundance that we have thanks–in part– to technology. I guess I was a little sickened by looking at this mainly because it reminded me that everything we do is about the Almighty Dollar.

  2. Christian Hunter
    October 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I suddenly feel ill. Maybe fasting will help me get spiritually fit. This really made me think!

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