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National Geographic: Collapse
     

National Geographic: Collapse

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The National Geographic Channel looks 200 years into the future in Collapse, based on author Jared Diamond's book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, to examine how current habits might affect humans' ability to survive. Directed by Noel Dockstader and narrated by Jamie Effros, this documentary examines how relationships among current

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The National Geographic Channel looks 200 years into the future in Collapse, based on author Jared Diamond's book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, to examine how current habits might affect humans' ability to survive. Directed by Noel Dockstader and narrated by Jamie Effros, this documentary examines how relationships among current methods could lead to human extinction. Shortages of land, water, and energy could potentially propel civilization to collapse; choices such as sustainable, local farming and organic practices are highlighted as ways to ensure life on Earth continues.

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Release Date:
01/23/2014
UPC:
0727994950622
Original Release:
2009
Source:
National Geographic
Time:
0:52:00
Sales rank:
70,493

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National Geographic: Collapse 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
sergevansteenkiste More than 1 year ago
The DVD under review finds its inspiration from the best seller "Collapse," that Jarred Diamond released in 2005. The producers of this DVD project themselves to the 23rd century CE, reflecting on the Western lifestyle that led our contemporary society to its downfall. The producers enumerate, as the four horsemen of our upcoming apocalypse, unsustainable energy capture, depletion of fresh water resource beyond renewal, poor town-planning practices, and climate change. Unfortunately, the producers do not mention very clearly that geography, which is the key driver of why the West has ruled for most of the last sixteen millennia, continues to create "winners" and "losers," instead of only "losers." Ian Morris clearly shows in his newly released book "Why the West Rules for Now" that human societies have been unequal in their ability to adapt to the consequences of the forces that their social development unleashes. These forces are famine, disease, migration, and state collapse. When these forces are combined with climate change, they can make life very miserable for some human societies. The producers of this DVD implicitly acknowledge that there will be winners after their projected downfall. The featured archeologists in this production clearly belong to an advanced society that managed to deal successfully with our surmised apocalypse down the road.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago