Why the Movie Downsizing Should be Seen by Everyone Who Cares About the Environment?

Alexander Payne the writer and producer of Downsizing, as well as Matt Damon and the other stars, deserve the highest environmental honors. It is obvious they took a lot of professional risks in making this clever film about the dangers of global warming.

Every environmentalist and sustainability advocate should see this film! What may be the single greatest truth of this film is that it has cleverly brought one of the 11 key tipping points of global warming to the forefront of the world's consciousness. That tipping point is methane release from the melting permafrost and tundra.

While this is not the most dangerous of the 11 key global warming tipping points, it is among the most likely that will throw humanity into an extinction cycle within the next 30 to 50 years. (See the new book Climageddon at Amazon for more details about the real dangers of global warming tipping points.)

In this movie, there are many clever plays on the downsizing of human beings to downsize their consumption and resource overshoot. While it was not an initial box office hit, we at Job One for Humanity believe that over the years this movie will do very well in the streaming services and at other video rental outlets. Downsizing was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2017, while Hong Chau a co-star earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

For those of you who want more information on this movie the following is from its Wikipedia page and, it does not give away a very clever ending and telling of the methane tipping point surprise.

Downsizing is a 2017 American science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, written by Payne and Jim Taylor and starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, and Kristen Wiig. It tells the story of a couple who decide to undertake a newly-invented procedure to shrink their bodies so they can start a new life in an experimental community. When the wife refuses the procedure at the last minute, the husband has to reassess his life and choices after befriending an impoverished activist.

Here is the movie trailer.

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  • Thomas Miller
    commented 2018-05-02 03:01:55 -0700
    Here is a way to reduce the global warming: In a New York Times article “How Oman’s Rocks Could Help Save The Planet” at
    rocks.html there is discussion of how crushed rock, that reacts with carbon dioxide, could take carbon dioxide out of the air. South Africa is also thinking of using this method with rock dug out in mining operations. One plan is to spread rock dust along the shores, but one could using floating gel with rock dust in that dissolves in the more acidic ocean. The floating gel could be deployed above the Great Barrier Reef to save coral by shading and reaction with carbon dioxide to make ocean less acidic. Along the coast excess nutrients added by sewage, etc, can stimulate the growth of algae. Algal blooms can contribute to acidification because when algae die the decomposing releases carbon dioxide directly into the water, resulting in acidification of the sea. Floating gel with the rock dust in could react with the more acid water.
    The floating rock gel would enhance warming of surface waters and increase rainfall chances if done on a massive scale. Heating of surface waters would release more CO2 because gases dissolve less easily in hotter water. The rock dust could then react with the CO2.
    Used along the coast, dark rock dust would help evaporate water from waves, by heating up (low albedo).
    The rock is mainly peridotite and peridotite contains iron and iron stimulates phytoplankton growth. So could we stimulate growth of phytoplankton and neutralize the carbon dioxide formed by decomposition of the phytoplankton? It could go as follows:
    The iron in the peridotite will stimulate phytoplankton growth. Phytoplankton will consume carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and will then die and move it to marine sediments in the deep ocean via the well known “biological pump” process. The carbon dioxide generated from decomposition of phytoplankton could react with the peridotite and thus also be removed.
  • Lawrence Wollershein
    published this page in Blog 2018-05-01 10:46:44 -0700
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