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Last Call

Synopsis
LAST CALL examines the predictions and impact of one of the most important and controversial environmental books of all time, ‘The Limits to Growth’.

The book, which was published in 1972, sold 30 million copies in 30 languages, and marked a turning point in thinking about the environment. Prepared for the Club of Rome, the book was based on the work of a team of young scientists from MIT who created the first computer model to analyse the interaction over time of exponential growth with finite natural resources.

Their primary message was that the human footprint, if unchecked, would grow beyond the carrying capacity of the planet on a sustainable basis. They concluded that humanity must adapt to the planet’s limits or risk overshoot, which could result in the collapse of global support systems and human decline. Their conclusions stimulated broad interest and significant debate, but not much action on their scenario for avoiding overshoot.

Four decades later, the surviving authors of ‘The Limits to Growth’ and the book’s mentors gathered to assess their earlier predictions, update where we stand today, and present what we need to do now to avoid global ecological collapse in the next few decades.

Supported by archival footage and other materials, LAST CALL provides provocative insights into the fundamental reasons behind the ongoing global ecological and economic crises, and a vision of a more hopeful future, if we commit to appropriate measures before it’s too late.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2013
Subjects
Environmental science
Keywords
ecology; energy sources; Information technology; sustainability; economic decline; economic crisis

Credits

Contributor
Aurelio Peccei; Dennis Meadows; Donella Meadows; Jay Forrester; Jorgen Randers; William Behrens III

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£39.50
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 minutes
Year
2013

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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