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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Must See Film: The 11th Hour

Hello Friend,

The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course.

This movie features ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

I felt that the film was very well made. The first parts of the movie were very grim. In a sense the movie was initially apocalyptic in many ways. This doom and gloom half of the movie almost made me give up on the human race. But the grimness served its purpose, to motivate and inspire people to take action, and realize we really don't have much time to make some major changes.

The second half of the movie really picks up. Once you have almost given up hope, the movie forces you to imagine a sustainable future. Near the end of the film, I was able to envision a future where the Earth and the human race live in harmony once again.

All my life, I have felt a strong connection to nature and Mother Earth. I really felt for the struggling/sick Gaia. Regardless, this movie taught me that Gaia will continue to live on through global warming. It is the human race that will not. But the human race still has that choice they can make to drastically change their ways.

It all comes down to you...


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