End of Civilization: a century away?
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End of Civilization: a century away?

Mississauga Beach : Canada | Jun 02, 2009 at 9:22 PM PDT
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How long do you think the recession will affect you? If no measures are taken, the recession would be just a mere glitch to the already degrading environmental problems that we are facing today. A “mere” glitch can help fuel global warming leading the catastrophic end of the civilization according to “Earth2100” a documentary that was broadcast on June 2nd, 2009 from 9 pm to 11pm eastern on American Broadcasting Company (ABC).

Very well animated future features an ordinary Lucy, American child, girl, woman and the wise lady, as a spokesperson of the depressing future. The future is characterized in four major phases. First, a concession that does not reach on global warming in 2015 when the fossil fuels will be harder to find and more expensive to consume, therefore, further economic meltdown; second by 2030, two third of the world population will be adversely influenced by the rainfall pattern, therefore, basic need water would start becoming scarce; third by 2050, the world population could take major U turn with the increased world population by approximately 9 billion, sea level rise will force the world map to redrawn; forth, continuous drought, lack of food resources for the world to depend and see level rise up to few meters might flood major cities like New York displacing reducing total world population around 3 billion by 2100, if no measures are taken. The documentary does not refer “economic recession” as a key to the end of the civilization; however the global warming and the need of economic development in the third-world and the emerging industrial powers like China and India might go hand by hand, therefore, posing more threats to global concession climate change.

The documentary is excellent in its “awakening call”. It makes you feel that it might actually be possible. The details on the facts and the quotes used in the documentary can be found in the official site of ABC channel. Lucy, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at a hospital does her best to help protect the future but ends up losing her husband, an engineer devoted to protect New York City by building a see barrier and her son-in-law as a product of initial aftermath of ever-increasing global warming. Not to mention the characterization of the overall “worst case scenario”, the documentary does an excellent job at prostrating how the “mob movement” will force the remaining “clean and sustainable” world to turn into an avoidable chaos. Therefore, there is no safe place anywhere on earth if a big disaster, like global island takes place. Documentary does show the better future, if measures are taken right now. It is up to you to choose which future you want to see.

Overall, the message is the civilization might end in next century if we fold our hands now. The ideas are not new. This can be categorized and another Al Gore documentary, however the fact and storytelling with the animated future has taken the visual reference to things we do not want to envision in our lifetime. As nothing can be predicted accurately given the nature of our existence, natural forces and scientific breakthrough, the documentary has done great job at showing the “what if” scenario.

One of the major drawbacks is that the scientific achievement, research, positive initiatives like that of the metropolitan Washington DC, New York, Toronto where green roofs and streets, bike- sharing concepts are completely ignored. Even if there is the worst case scenario, the little thing already done from little community can moderate the global warming if not eradicate. Overall, the achievable heavenly future on the other hand rolls the dice in the documentary Earth2100 where “nothing is impossible if human wishes with positive hearts and spirits”.

The documentary has shown Easter Island as a metaphor to our planet Earth. More on this topic is covered in this blog.

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End of Civilization a century ahead? Earth2100 featured documentary draws outlines on what might happen to us by2100 if no measures on global warming and environmental protection is taken. (Image source: Google Earth, 2009)
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