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The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project (2009) (trailer)

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The Great Squeeze chronicles our dependence on cheap and abundant fossil fuels that have been feeding the engine of our economic system for the past 200 years.  Although cheap energy has lifted modern civilizations to new heights, the ecosystem we depend on has paid the ultimate price.  By taking us back in time the film brings us on a journey through history when past civilizations made the same mistake of growing too fast, depleting their natural resources and ultimately collapsing.   Instead of the usual band-aid approaches, The Great Squeeze challenges us to learn from history and transition towards a more sustainable economy that values our environment.  

 Released in March 2009, The Great Squeeze was selected at 14 film festivals around the world and won two awards for best documentary. It features world renowned experts Richard Heinberg, Edward O. Wilson, Lester Brown, Alexandra Cousteau, Jim White, Howard Kunstler and many more. The film has optional English, Spanish and French subtitles.  It is also available for schools from The Video Project.  68 min.

"It is a great piece of work. I give it 5 stars !" Lester Brown - Founder Worldwatch Institute & President the Earth Policy Institute

 

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Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

During this time we've been able to reach tens of millions of people - not by owning a TV network or spending truckloads of cash on advertising, but because millions of awesome people keep sharing 'films for action' with their friends on social media - in particular, our 850,000 supporters on Facebook and 70,000 site members. 

One of the coolest things is, thanks to our patrons, our library is ad-free and 100% supported by member donations, while 99% of our library is free to access and always will be. The pay-per-view films on our site, of course, help support the filmmakers, and 90-100% of the revenue for PPV films hosted by us goes to the filmmakers. 

To thank our $5/mo patrons, we partner with filmmakers and distributors to provide free access to a growing number of films that are normally pay-per-view. With just 20 highly curated films at the moment, it's basically a very, very tiny Netflix for world changers, but its main function is to support the library as a whole.

If you'd like to know more, want to help out, or you're a filmmaker looking to collaborate, feel free to get in touch!

Cheers,  Tim Hjersted