Over three programmes David Attenborough travels from Kenya to California to investigate the contesting claims about the current state of our planet. In the first programme he examines the extinction crisis, measuring the disappearance of some species against the mass of life that still remains undiscovered. Then the crisis is explored further by looking at the root causes, where finally, the last programme asks: What are the possible courses of action open to us to sustain the future of life?
The idea that humans are superior to all other life forms is a fundamental underlying premise of western culture. It is an old historical idea, rooted in colonialism, and is embedded in religion and science. It is one of the root causes for destruction of the natural world, animal cruelty, war, the extinction of species and other immense problems. The Superior Human? challenges this arrogant and self-destructive ideology; unwinds the myths, using examples and 'common sense'.
The dominant culture measures itself by the speed of "progress". But what if this so-called progress is actually driving us full force towards collapse? Surviving Progress shows how past civilisations were destroyed by "progress traps" -- alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the environment accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilisation escape a final, catastrophic progress trap?
Is the world heading for a population crisis? Since 1950, the human population has more than doubled. What is the effect of this rapid growth both on the environment? And ourselves? While much of the projected growth in human population is likely to come from the developing world, it is the lifestyle enjoyed by the West that has the most impact -- in the UK consumers use as much as two and a half times their fair share of Earth's resources. This film examines whether it is the duty of individuals to commit not only to smaller families, but to change the way they live for the sake of humanity and planet Earth...
"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." By providing a simple introduction to the concept of exponential growth and doubling over time, Professor Al Bartlett explains the impacts and consequences of exponential growth on a finite planet. Observations of this growth are applied to fossil fuel consumption, population and economic growth -- the bizarre unsustainable figures of which are most often quoted by "experts", politicians and the mainstream media...
What A Way To Go: Life At The End Of Empire covers the current situation facing humanity globally. It discusses issues such as peak oil, climate change, population overshoot and species extinction, as well as how this situation has developed...