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What A Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire

What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire is a 2007 documentary film about the current situation facing humanity and the world. It discusses issues such as peak oil, climate change and the effects of global warming, population overshoot and species extinction, as well as how this situation has developed. The documentary features supporting data and interviews of Daniel Quinn, environmental activist Derrick Jensen and academics such as Richard Heinberg and many others. The tagline of the documentary is, “A middle-class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American lifestyle.”
– Don Hooligan: What a Way to Go; TSWabbit: What A Way to Go: Richard Manning; Daniel Quinn; Derrick Jensen; Paul Roberts; Chellis Glendenning; Richard Heinberg; William Catton; Thomas Berry; Ran Prieur; Sally Erickson; Jerry Mander.
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What a Way to Go: Introduction, McDonalds drive through, Derrick Jensen

I think we’re all fucked. All of us… I think most of us in this room are gonna die before we reach… I don’t believe that we would wipe ourselves out entirely. I believe that… I believe that we can probably fall down to… There’s gotta be a way. There’s gotta be a way to live through it… Once we’re able to look at the world without blinders and see the really horrific mess we’re making of it… We have got to change our whole idea of the way that the world works… I generally just feel like everything is out of balance. Nothing that I can do will make any impact on the planet. We’re living a way that doesn’t work. We have to live a way that does work. So it’s gonna change. We’ve met the enemy and he is us. – Tom Grizzle; Tui Hayes, Stacey Emerick, Jim Senter, Sarah Erickson & Hannah Bennett, Jack Bennett

There was a time in my life when I was having this recurring daydream. I’d be sitting in my car, radio blaring, slowly making my way forward through a fast food drive thru. I’d get to the window and they’d hand me my drink and my burger and fries. And as I waited for my change… off in the distance… a bright flash… and a rising cloud. And as the full force of the nuclear blast washed over me, as the icy cold of my overturned Coke seeped into my jeans, I’d think to myself… what a way to go.

“Once again it doesn’t matter, you could have this huge transformation of the heart and if you still require the importation of resources [because your population is breeding and/or consuming above ecological carrying capacity limits]; then your life must be based upon violence, because if you require the importation of resources, what that means is that trade will never be sufficiently reliable, because if you need a particular resource, that you want to trade the next village over for, but they won’t give it to you, then you’ll take it cause you require it. Which means we could become the most enlightened beings on the planet, and [if we continued to breed and consume above ecological carrying capacity limits] it wouldn’t matter, the US military would still have to be huge, because otherwise how are we going to get access to our oil, that is under somebody else’s land? – Derrick Jensen: End of Empire79: Civilization and Enlightenment; What A Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.
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