Planet of the Humans

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Updated: May 30, 2020; Youtube removed the video. Replaced video.

Michael Moore on Apr 21, 2020

Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It’s too little, too late.

Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not THE issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars?

No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong environmentalist and co-producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine”). This urgent, must-see movie, a full-frontal assault on our sacred cows, is guaranteed to generate anger, debate, and, hopefully, a willingness to see our survival in a new way—before it’s too late.

See also:

Attacking the messenger: Planet of the Humans spears sacred beliefs

From the archives:

Will Griffin: United States Still Largest Weapons Exporter in the World + Green Jobs VS Military Jobs

The Twisted Climate Equation of the Ruling Class by Rainer Shea

Historical Developmental Dynamics of Climate Change, Political Economy, and Science and Technology by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. + Costs and Consequences of US Post-9/11 Wars: Focus on Climate Change

Will Griffin: The US Military is the Largest Institutional Consumer of Fossil Fuels

The Climate Apocalypse Is Accelerating–If We’re Going To Dodge Extinction, We’d Better Hurry by Eric Schechter

Counting Down to Civilization’s Collapse + Inequality, Climate Change, and America’s Destabilization by Rainer Shea

To Survive: We Need A Global Awakening Much Bigger Than A “Revolution,” Much Deeper Than Just Ending Capitalism by Eric Schechter

Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science

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  6. Related personal experience of witnessing the destruction of Amazonian rainforest in Brazil

    The scenes from this film remind me of my experiences in the Brazilian Amazonia. I had witnessed the diabolical destruction of Amazonian rainforest, which is rightly called “Lungs of the World”, in Brazil. That was during the military dictatorship. Now, under the elected civilian government of Jair Bolsonaro, that destruction has greatly increased, which is a major contributor to global climate change. Trump and Bolsonaro have a lot in common and are fans of each other.

    Dr. Barry Commoner was the most important environmental scientist and founder of the environmental movement in the US and worldwide. His 1990 book, “Making Peace with the Planet” dealt with numerous environmental problems comprehensively and warned about what is happening now. He was one of the very rare environmental scientists, who also related these problems to the problems of political economy and concluded that these problems could be solved in the planned political economy of socialism. Reference to his important contributions is missing from this film. In the current mass psychological and cultural environment, sensationalism of many types, including that of films and videos, grabs the attention of overwhelming majorities, and is more effective, but relatively very shallow, than the in-depth information and knowledge of honest books and articles.

    In Brazil, I had worked as a Research Geneticist and Head of the Legume Introduction and Improvement Program for Amazonia of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq), with focus on soybeans. Ours was the first scientific research program in that regard in the Amazonia. Information about our discoveries was published in many major Brazilian newspapers at that time. Even though, the project under my leadership was highly successful and very well funded, I became concerned about the ecological and environmental damages to the Amazon rainforest by large scale soybean production by conventional practices. Some big landowners and the government officials started pressuring me to design and implement a large soybean production project in the Amazonia. I insisted on doing some ecological feasibility studies first. But they were in a development and export frenzy and chose to ignore all the scientific facts and arguments. I was already sick of having seen the enormous destruction of the rainforest. Hence, I was forced to resign my position for that reason. Another reason was that I wanted to develop my new theory of biosocial regulation of human nature by social systems-science and technology-culture complexes. I returned to the US and published my theory within a year. After my resignation, they hired typical narrowly specialized scientists who had no broader perspectives or ecological concerns and did what they were told to do. The result is that now the Brazilian Amazonia has become a major soybean producing area of the world, catapulting Brazil into the biggest soybean exporter. But, at the same time, enormous ecological and environmental damages are being inflicted on the Amazonian Rainforest and land is being stolen from the Native Amazonians for that purpose. All that was totally predictable.

    Also, now China, with its insatiable demand for soybeans, is heavily involved in massive expansion of soybean production in the Amazonia and some other virgin areas of Brazil, as well as in Argentina. As a result of the trade war with the US, China greatly expanded its imports of soybeans from Brazil and Argentina.

    Fazal Rahman

    • A really significant personal history, of commendable value; I admire your courage and integrity Fazal, thank you for sharing this….

      • Thank you David for your kind and reinforcing words. I gave up a permanent and financially and professionally very rewarding job. Everyone thought it was crazy to do that. I knew that my leaving will not make any difference and they will succeed in large scale production of soybeans in the Amazonia, as there were innumerable scientists who were craving to jump on that position. Now they are exporting $25 billions of soybeans, mostly to China, every year.

        When I returned to the US, I suffered multidimensional politico-economic, philosophical, cultural, and racist discrimination and damages. Also, there was no market for my interdisciplinary background. Academia in the US are being controlled by the representatives of the capitalist –imperialist system. Michael Parenti has analyzed that situation very well in his 2007 book, “Contrary Notions”, in the chapter “Repression in Academia”. I also did a lot of research myself on this situation and decided not to apply for any jobs, as I would not survive in those kind of environments, overwhelmed by the Rhinos ( From Eugene Ionesco’s play “Rhinoceros”, also made into a movie). I have managed to survive financially in this extremist capitalist society, in which almost nothing can be done without money.

        As far as Planet of the Humans film is concerned, it is good that it has exposed the corruption and hypocrisy of many so-called environmental organizations and their lying and corrupt officials. Also, it is obvious that the biomass energy production is very damaging to the ecology and health. Such information is also available elsewhere. However, the one-sided attacks on the solar and wind power energy systems need to be scrutinized logically and factually. It is clear that these are not 100 percent clean, as fossil fuels also are involved in their production and operation systems. But, the crucial question is whether there are significant differences in the overall pollutions generated by the fossil fuels on the one hand and solar and wind power on the other. I have so far not searched for any studies on this, but I think that there are important differences. Germany is going big on solar and wind power. Usually, Germans are quite thorough in their studies and analyses, before making such decisions. I will see what I can find. I also read that they were planning to provide free public transport within some big cities, to reduce the use of cars and pollution they generate. That also seems to be an excellent idea.

        I also think that if the big corporations, profit motives, and corrupt private environmental organizations are eliminated and solar and wind power energy systems are installed, operated, and regulated by competent government agencies, these can make a big difference in the overall pollution levels. It will also greatly reduce the costs of utilities to the consumers. However, it will become fully effective only under a socialist political economy.

        • I’ll keep it short as I don’t want to initiate a long thread of further comments here for obvious reasons, but yes I agree thoroughly with your approach. The long term benefit of wind & solar in Europe certainly seems to justify the necessary investment, when & where properly managed. Geo-thermal and tidal may be promising & worthwhile also. I’m not cynical about private enterprise, but the debilitating influence & ‘acceptable greed’ of the corporate oligopoly utterly corrupts; when the emphasis should be on purely social/environmental gains, a life-philosophy that values the principles of service, professionalism and stewardship. This insane worship of money has become a despicable religion, a terrible disease ~ a lethal sickness that impoverishes us all. The US has to change; future leadership must engage intelligently, proactively & creatively with the rest of the planetary oecumene, it is either evolve or perish…..I think the next necessary step must be a dramatic revolution in American media and education.

  7. Deeply thought provoking, indeed. Coincidentally, a friend shared this yesterday and so, after watching it all last night, I also posted it with this comment:

    This is a tough watch, but watch we must or heed the consequences of progressive ecological insanity; we have to interrogate all facts and challenge our prejudices, especially if we are to dignify intelligence that confers enduring strength ~ strength that defies the obscene, plutocratic ‘make-belief’ that predatory cunning should always suffocate genuine aspiration, by orchestrating acquisitive pretend-change, in the name of ‘absolute freedom.’

  8. If you can’t see the climax change. You are blind. Last year, They closed down Lake St. Clair for whole Summer and Fall. Had three deadly virus in the water. Waste, population and the need to cut down trees, doing the job of killing off nature. Lake St. Clair and the surrounding rivers. Weed killer solution falling into the water. If we don’t begin to have concern for the earth. Old earth will turn against us. Thank you for the video.

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