The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
There’s a new film out. A science fiction jobbie. It’s called interstellar
I haven’t seen it and I’m not sure I want to.
It’s not that science fiction is my thing but unfortunately I’m not too keen on the story line.
Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy and Michael Caine, the film features a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet.
So the impression I get is that the story is that the earth is in a mess and so we go looking for another planet to live on instead. The plan is to restart people and prevent their extinction in a new home on a new planet.
Why can’t they make a film about sorting out the mess for a change?
Crazy, foolish, impossible notions about non-existent, inhabitable planets that will solve our problems make me really mad.
This type of fantasy is just the kind of thing that people are good at. Fantasy. Irresponsible, crazy dreamland.
Yet in the cinema, crunching up sweet wrappers and dropping straws, sit the reality; people who can’t be responsible. No fantasy there. Jump in your big car and drive home.
In the film the problem is caused by a blight. I’m assuming this means that the world can’t support itself. Blight is a disease that wipes our crops.
According to IMDb the cause is this:
In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan.
Hmmm. Let me think.
Drought, famine, scarcity of food and extreme changes in climate. In the near future.
So maybe there’s less fiction in this tale than we think.
Today, much of America is experiencing abnormally cold weather with zero degree temperatures and six feet of snow in one day. It’s not typical November weather. A couple of weeks ago I picked strawberries. That means the plants were still flowering in late October. These plants are mostly meant to flower in spring. They should be losing leaves and feeling the cold just now.
California is in the midst of a severe, three year drought. According to some views apparently it’s the worst since the 16th century! This big, food-producing area has been very badly hit.
Meanwhile the current Ebola death rate has passed 5,000. This image from Forbes.com makes it pretty clear.
Looks nasty to me.
Meanwhile investing in space exploration is pretty topical.
Rosetta the space craft has landed on a comet.
It has cost 1.4 billion euros and more than ten years for that object the size of a fridge to land on the comet.
I’m impressed with science, but really.
When there’s so much terrible stuff going on here, should we be so focussed in the stars?
And of course the film seems more like a documentary than science fiction now.
If only people could focus on facing up to reality and changing our habits instead of romantic notions.
Then I wondered how does the film end?
Hope no one has a problem with spoilers.
If so don’t read on.
It seems that after plenty of cliff hanging and shilly shallying as impending failure moments, the planet earth is evacuated and rehoused!
(I have a rule that I won’t swear on this blog)
But I’m finding it very hard not to!
Happy ending everyone. How lovely!
….. What’s the point.
One of the most important films I watched was An Inconvenient Truth. It says it all really.
There is no planet B.
The mess we’ve made is rising up around us while we all go to the movies.
Sorry not the most cheerful post.
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