February 4, 2013
Director Dave Gardner discusses his film GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. This ground-breaking documentary challenges our beliefs linking growth with prosperity and fulfilment. The film explores how our attitudes toward economics, consumption and population growth prevent rational responses to evidence that we’ve outgrown the planet. In this David vs. Goliath story, Dave shares his own personal story of daring to challenge our growth-worshipping system. He is rebuked by elected officials who are deacons of the church of growth everlasting, takes on millionaire real-estate developers enriched by public subsidies, and tackles economists who spin pro-growth propaganda.
GrowthBusters weaves the tale of Dave’s efforts to wean his hometown from growth addiction with an examination of the most critical global issues of our time. Interviews with leading thinkers, animation and humorous skits debunk the ‘grow or die’ myth. Cultural myths and taboos are exposed and explored. Providing a ray of hope, the film also profiles groups and individuals exploring alternatives and moving the world toward true sustainability.
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