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The Future is Grim! Running out of Time!

  • Mar 20, 2011
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The 2 hour show attempts to paint the very grim pictures in the next 89 years. Filmed in 2009, it looks into the future and reflects how global warming affects different regions in the world and the dynamics of different countries undergoing stresses in the environment with food going scarce and eco-system undergoing challenges never imagined or presented to the public at large. New viruses, high sea levels, migrating populations (humans & parasitic insects)... uncontrollable situations!

A production by ABC, it can be forgiven for thinking that New York still exists in 2071 and not engulfed by the high sea levels. United States is still being portrayed as the richest country in the world (which is anyone's guess) and the leader in controlling the situation. Although the producer claimed that it's the worst case scenarios, personally, I do't think it has actually dealt with the worst case scenarios fast enough. 

With last week's tsunami in Japan, the game plan has changed and consequences had been understated. The world has not contemplated the worst that could happened. Even in countries which are well prepared, it turned out they are not. In addition, the human panic button hasn't been pushed in the most populated cities. The pulse of each country is still functioning normally. The last two tsunamis have only affected areas that are not considered overly populated. For most, life goes on as per normal.

Global leaders have not quite faced the reality of the world that we are now living in. Natural elements and destructions are deemed to be unforeseen circumstances. No government in the world is ready to deal with a huge or unexpected storm that will eventually hit one of the most populated cities in the world. Many are merely keeping their fingers crossed. That it won't happened while they are in office!!! Their negotiating "game" is not quite expecting "doom-day" scenarios. Things going terribly wrong are just not appropriately evaluated, imho. True, I may be a pessimist when it comes to the nature but if there is 1% chance of it happening in our lifetime, what would you do when faced with such a deadly circumstance? Japan showed a glimpse of it last week, how much you intend to prepare or your government had prepared is something interesting to be contemplated, isn't it? We tend to believe that we humans as a species is able to control the world elements. We are the master of our destinies. Are we really?!?!?!

2100? I think we'd be lucky if we can survived 2050 without much upheavals and mega-disasters! Granted, some will survive, but a major part of the world population might be obliterated without realizing how close we are to the dark ages! Yes, the film warns of it, not fast enough though. Who'd care what happen in 2100? Most of us would be gone by then! May be even before 2050!

Yes, the film attempts to unravel the future... yet, not fast enough! No, the clock is clicking!

Yes, to give credit to the film, it also attempts to show what could be done if humans figure out how to solve the problems. U.S. needs to take the initiative, according to the script. No one else will. All these based on imaginations of a few individuals who are dedicated to make the world more green and sustainable. How successful will they be? Well, we'll have to wait and see and hope and pray that whatever they can envision will be in time to reverse the adversity of the world. Faith alone is not going to change the world, actions will. Take action, people!
The Future is Grim! Running out of Time!

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March 25, 2011
agreed. I'll see if I can re-watch this so I can review it....
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Earth 2100 is a television program that was presented by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC)network on June 2, 2009 and was aired on the History channel in January 2010 and will continue to be shown through 2010. Hosted by ABC journalist Bob Woodruff, the two-hour special explored what a worst-case future might look like if humans do not take action on current or impending problems that could threaten civilization. The problems addressed in the program include climate changeoverpopulation, and misuse of energy resources.[1][2]

The events parallel the life of a fictitious storyteller, "Lucy" (told through the use of motion comics, or limited animation), as she describes how the events affect her life. The program included predictions of a dystopianEarth in the years 2015203020502085, and 2100 by scientistshistorianssocial anthropologists, andeconomists, including Jared DiamondThomas Homer-DixonPeter GleickJames Howard KunstlerHeidi CullenAlex Steffen and Joseph Tainter. It ended with a quote from writer Alex Steffen, saying "Kids born today will see us navigate past the first greatest test of humanity, which is: can we actually be smart enough to live on a planet without destroying it?"[1][3]

According to Executive Producer Michael Bicks, "this program was developed to show the ...

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