The Limits to Growth report was a truly groundbreaking book, opening a host of unasked questions about the viability of our consumer society. It was also seriously misunderstood, mostly on purpose, and so its place in history is somewhat checkered. For some, it’s a landmark contribution to the sustainability debate, while others use it as an excuse to disregard the environmental movement as alarmists.
So perhaps, 40 years on, a new exploration of the report will help to clear the air. This time it’s on film, Last Call.
How good the film itself is remains to be seen, but I appreciate the message: that the many crises we face are linked. Climate change, resource depletion, financial crisis and so on are all interconnected. “While these crises are acknowledged by almost everybody” say the film makers, “there is a tendency to consider them separately.”
Here’s the trailer: