The whole idea that happiness and prosperity might be possible (or even, dare I say it, more easily achievable) with an ‘enough is enough’ subsistence approach to life comes as a complete revelation to many. This seems to be one of the main reasons, in my experience, that just a minority of pioneers have the courage to opt for a sustainable lifestyle or work- style, while others favour instead business as usual until such time as they hit the wall, for one reason or another. Well we really can’t afford to do this on a much larger scale, as far as I can see. More pioneers are needed!
Dave Gardner is a man who has dared to produce a documentary that examines what he sees as our addiction to growth on a massive scale.
‘Across the globe we’re trading in quality of life, natural resources and long-term sustainability for the illusion of prosperity. I’m producing the documentary, Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, to examine the myths and realities of economic health and sustainability,’ he states.
Over the last couple of months, the film has been premiered at a few locations in the USA. It has now reached our shores here in the UK and Zoe Cormier has written a review of the British premiere at the Occupy London cinema here on the New Internationalist blog
Dave Gardner is asking for more people to volunteer to spread the word through screening the movie in their local area. There’s further information on how to go about doing this on the Growthbusters website. It seems like a suitable candidate for a Transition Town film night, together with some policy makers invited as keynote listeners.
See what you think…