Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth

by Joshua on January 9, 2010 · 2 comments

Dave Gardner, film producer/director/writer, is in the process of completing would could be a monumentally important film in exposing the fallacy of “growth everlasting.” Armed with a camera and donations from regular folks, Dave has traveled the world questioning our growth addiction. He started in his home town of Colorado Springs and has now taken the filming to the national and global arena.

Hooked On Growth: Our Misguided Quest For Prosperity” is still in production and could use your help to finish off the process, please take a moment to make a tax-deductible donation to help fund the film’s release. Here’s a quick blurb from the site about the movie:

“Why is it more important to our society to have GDP growth than clean air? And why do communities seek andsubsidize growth even when it destroys quality of life andincreases taxes?

Our growth-centric system is broken. It’s not providing the happiness or the prosperity we seek. But that’s good news; it means a shift to a sustainable model will not require great sacrifice or pain. A transformation will allow us to be happier and more prosperous…

From Las Vegas to Atlanta, Mexico City to Mumbai, the White House to the Vatican, Hooked on Growthtakes us on a whirlwind tour of growth mania. It’s Wild Kingdom with a twist: the cameras are turned onhumanity as our own survival skills are examined. Hooked on Growth looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with community growth and economic growth, and our reluctance to address overpopulation issues head-on. This documentary holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind – and the values we need to embrace – in order that our children can survive and thrive.”

View the Trailer here (also below) and join the cause!

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Jeremy January 11, 2010 at 10:02

Hey, just wanted to let you know about a new project of mine. I wanted to create the simplest possible introduction to the growth debate, so I’ve built a website at http://www.beyondgrowth.co.uk

I’m going to use it as the basis for a mini campaign to get the growth debate more mainstream, writing to politicians and local media and so on, and I figured I needed something more specific and a less confrontational than ‘make wealth history’.

It’s live now, but I’d really value any feedback before I start linking to it and promoting it in any serious way.

Thanks!

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Joshua January 11, 2010 at 10:21

Jeremy,

Very exciting news! I will take a more in-depth look at the site in the next day or so and send you an email. I am so happy to see more and more projects like this! I justed started one with some other post-growth-ers that is still in the baby stages as well: http://postgrowth.org. Hopefully we can all get the debate mainstream and make some positive world changes!

Cheers,
Joshua

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