11TH HOUR, THE
National Geographic Society & Earthwatch Institute
2008 Earthwatch Institute Film Award
THE 11TH HOUR (USA, 2007, 93 min.)
Our planet’s environmental calamity—floods, fires, droughts, heat waves, melting ice caps and endangered or extinct species—is depicted in this documentary, which dramatizes the current critical time in Earth’s evolution, the last moment when humans can make a difference. Examining how we have arrived at this moment through industrial society’s enslavement to fossil fuels and emphasis on economy over environment, The 11th Hour presents a harrowing account of the condition of our planet. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film features interviews with many well-known scientists, activists, religious figures and government leaders, from Stephen Hawking to Mikhail Gorbachev, who describe how we’re trashing our planet. The roles of rampant consumerism, government indifference and growth-at-all costs corporate economy are examined. All is not doom and gloom, however, as the focus shifts to ways that we can harness technology to help us set our civilization on a sustainable path. Ecologically minded designers and architects envision a carbon-neutral city, self-sustaining buildings and renewable products. Ending on a note of hope, The 11th Hour challenges the current generation to save the world by completely changing it. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Written and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Leila Conners Petersen, Chuck Castleberry and Brian Gerber.
Discussion with filmmaker Leila Conners Petersen, as well as Wallace J. Nichols, Senior Scientist, Ocean Conservancy and Edward Wilson, President and CEO, Earthwatch Institute.
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