The 11th Hour (2007)

Check out the WATER Institute’s Brock Dolman in this feature length documentary that was released in theaters in August 2007 and is now available on DVD.

At this Eleventh Hour as the cheap energy Titanic sinks away, Brock advocates a broad awakening that the future lifeboat you are looking for is shaped exactly like your local watershed. Watershed by watershed, each community will be tested on how well they come together to batten down their watershed’s resiliency hatches as lifesaving adaptations to the impending uncertainties of global warming. Climate changing opportunities will demand of us to bring forth a Reverential Rehydration Revolution, one that will necessarily engage the spirit of Planet Water towards activating more water literate human settlement patterns. Pragmatically these newly dynamic conditions will demand us to implement solution oriented concepts like ‘Conservation Hydrology’ land use practices and ‘Basins of Relations’ social organizing as strategies for restoring communities through participatory regeneration of watersheds.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The 11th Hour” is a film about the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. “The 11th Hour” documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet’s life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. With the help of over fifty of the world’s most prominent thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, “The 11thHour” documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed, and their causes rooted in human activity. The combination of these crises call into question the very future not of the planet, but of humanity.

However, the most powerful element of “The 11th Hour” is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but the offering of hope and solutions. Scientists and environmental advocates, such as Gloria Flora and David Orr, paint a portrait for a radically new and exciting future in which humanity seeks not to dominate the earth’s life systems, but to mimic them and coexist. “The 11th Hour” calls for a future now within our grasp that is both sustainable and healthier.

To see the trailer click here.

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