14 January 2013

The Crisis of Civilization - over 200,000 youtube views in 8 months!

Our documentary feature film on the end-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-the-beginning-of-the-new, The Crisis of Civilization, is still going viral! After a hugely successful festival circuit, hundreds of community screenings around the world, and national television broadcasts in the US and parts of Europe, we released the film for free online in March last year. As of this month, I'm thrilled to report that we breached the 200,000 view mark on youtube, and are getting thousands of new viewers everyday! So the Crisis film is really helping people wake up to the global challenges of the 21st century and the opportunities for transitioning to something beautiful.

If you've watched the film and want more, don't forget the book which inspired the film - A User's Guide the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It (Pluto/Macmillan). You can learn more about the book here, and even download the whole first chapter on climate change (which btw contains a detailed demolition of climate 'scepticism') for free.

In the meantime, Crisis director Dean Puckett has made an amazing new film called Grasp the Nettle, about his firsthand experience participating in the rise and fall of two radical social experiments in London. Check it out!


  1. I just wanted to point out that in the film, Mr. Ahmed mentioned that current Co2 concentration in the atmosphere was 445 PPM. I am not sure when the film was made but as of 1/3/2013 the Mauna Loa measuring station shows 394 PPM. Source: co2now.org

  2. You can check out my book, A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization (Macmillan/Pluto) for extensive references - but my figures are correct. They include not just carbon, but also other greenhouse gasses - such as methane and nitrous oxide. When these figures are taken into account, the figures approach between 425 and 445ppm. The figures you cite are only for carbon dioxide - which, obviously, is not the only significant greenhouse gas by far.

  3. It is indeed quite confusing that there are three different figures that are often mixed: the amount of co2 and two different co2-equivalents, co2e(Kyoto), where the combined effect of the greenhouse gasses mentioned in the Kyoto treaty is converted into co2-equivalents; and co2e(Total), where the combined effect of all anthropogenic radiative forcing agents, including the cooling effect of aerosols, are converted into co2-equivalents.

    Just co2 is good because it is the most accurate of these. co2e(Kyoto) gives the largest number (~455 @ 2005) and co2e(Total), just to confuse things a bit is estimated to be very close to the value of just co2.

    Skeptical Science , Yale forum on Climate Change and Media and Real Climate have good explanations of this.


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