d upside down to see what makes it tick, as it explores the most critical question of our time:
How do we become a sustainable civilization?
Water shortages, hunger, peak oil, species extinction, and even increasing depression are all symptoms of a deeper problem – addiction to unending growth in a world that has limits. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth goes way beyond prescribing Band-Aids to slow the bleeding. This film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from reacting rationally to the evidence current levels of population and consumption are unsustainable.
It asks why the population conversations are so difficult to have. Why it’s more important to our society to have economic growth than clean air. Why communities seek and subsidize growth even when it destroys quality of life and increases taxes.
Our growth-centric system is broken. It’s not providing the happiness or the prosperity we seek. But that’s good news; it means a shift to a sustainable model will be good for us. We’ll be happier and more prosperous!
Individual and public policy decisions today are informed by a powerful, pro-growth cultural bias. We worship at the Church of Growth Everlasting. Undeterred by the facts, we’re on a collision course powered by denial and the myth that growth brings prosperity. Before we can shift our civilization meaningfully, effectively, and substantially toward true sustainability, the world must be “prepped.” We must become self-aware and recognize the programming that keeps us hooked. GrowthBusters will do just that. We’ll hear from leading thinkers of our time – scientists, sociologists, economists – to help us separate fact from superstition.
We’re approaching the end of growth. Will we embrace it? Or go down fighting?
From Las Vegas to Atlanta, Mexico City to Mumbai, the White House to the Vatican, GrowthBusters takes us on a whirlwind tour of growth mania. It’s Wild Kingdom with a twist: the cameras are turned on humanity as our own survival skills are examined. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with urban and economic growth, and our reluctance to address overpopulation issues head-on. This documentary holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind – and the values we need to embrace – so our children can survive and thrive.
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth will be completed and released in 2011. This film is a non-profit project possible only with the help of enlightened supporters like you. Please join the movement, and please make a tax-deductible contribution to help finish and distribute the film.…
, Korea, Germany and Australia use the same computer, while Japan relies on the Fujitsu PrimeHPC FX100 and China on IBM’s Flex System P46.
The XC40 has allowed the UK to become “pretty good” at weather forecasting, says Kirkman. “There’s a real community of science that sits around this." Each decade, the Met can predict an entire day further into the future. While the new computer may not speed up forecasts, it will improve their accuracy.
"I think we can expect the quality of forecasting to improve a lot," says Mark Parsons, director of Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre at the University of Edinburgh. Weather is modelled by cutting the globe up into little blocks,” he explains. At one point the block size was 50 miles and whenever they buy a new computer they can reduce the size of the block, making predictions much more accurate.”
Currently, a model of the Earth is split up into squares that are 10km across. In the UK, forecasts by the Met are more accurate with squares at 1,500m across.Eventually, the new supercomputer could work at a resolution of just 100 million across, allowing forecasters to predict, for instance, if a particular road is at risk of flooding. Prof Mark Wilkinson at the University of Leicester says that the upgrade to the Met Office is “absolutely essential”.
“You can’t make the types of models that they’re developing without a supercomputer. You gather lots of data from satellites and ground stations but the data themselves don’t tell you what’s going to happen, you need a computer capable of modelling long into the future.” he says.