GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth – A Film Show

GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth – A Film Show

A Free Film Screening at The Stanhope Hall on Friday 3 May at 7.30 pm.  All Welcome.  Refreshments available.

This could be the most important film ever made. It tackles the three lethal taboos that threaten our civilization, those against discussing overpopulation, over consumption, and the nonsensical idea that economic growth itself is a net benefit even in rich countries and can and must continue forever.

Paul Ehrlich
Biologist, Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University
Author, The Population Bomb

What if some of our core beliefs about how the world works turn out to be myths? This documentary flips our world upside down to see what makes it tick, as it explores the most critical question of our time:

How do we become a sustainable civilization?

Water shortages, hunger, peak oil, species extinction, and even increasing depression are all symptoms of a deeper problem an addiction to unending growth in a world that has limits. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth goes way beyond prescribing Band-Aids to slow the bleeding. This film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from reacting rationally to the evidence current levels of population and consumption are unsustainable.

It asks why the population conversations are so difficult to have. Why its more important to our society to have economic growth than clean air. Why communities seek and subsidize growth even when it destroys quality of life and increases taxes.

Our growth-centric system is broken. It’s not providing the happiness or the prosperity we seek. But that all that’s good news; it means a shift to a sustainable model will be good for us. We will be happier and more prosperous!

Individual and public policy decisions today are informed by a powerful, pro-growth cultural bias. We worship at the Church of Growth Everlasting. Undeterred by the facts, we are on a collision course powered by denial and the myth that growth brings prosperity. Before we can shift our civilization meaningfully, effectively, and substantially toward true sustainability, the world must be prepped. We must become self-aware and recognize the programming that keeps us hooked. GrowthBusters will do just that. We will hear from leading thinkers of our time scientists, sociologists, economists to help us separate fact from superstition.

We are approaching the end of growth. Will we embrace it? Or go down fighting?

From Las Vegas to Atlanta, Mexico City to Mumbai, the White House to the Vatican, GrowthBusters takes us on a whirlwind tour of growth mania. Wild Kingdom with a twist: the cameras are turned on humanity as our own survival skills are examined. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with urban and economic growth, and our reluctance to address overpopulation issues head-on. This documentary holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind  and the values we need to embrace so our children can survive and thrive.