Planet of the Humans on Nature Bats Last

Jeff Gibbs, the director of Planet of The Humans was the guest on the July episode of Nature Bats Last.  The episode is embedded here:
Jeff Gibbs
“Statement from Director Jeff Gibbs On The Censorship Campaign Against “Planet of the Humans”

“This attempt to take down my film and prevent the public from seeing it is a blatant act of censorship by political critics of my movie. It is an attempted misuse of copyright law to shutdown a film that has opened a serious conversation about how parts of the environmental movement have gotten into bed with Wall Street and so-called “green capitalists.” There is absolutely no copyright violation in my film. This is just another attempt by the film’s opponents to subvert my right to free speech.”

“Opponents of my film, who do not like it’s critique of the failures of the environmental movement, have worked for weeks to have my film taken down and to block me from appearing on TV and on livestream. Their efforts to subvert free speech have failed, with nearly eight and a half million people already viewing the film on YouTube. These Trumpian tactics are shameful, and their aim to stifle free speech and prevent people from grappling with the uncomfortable truths exposed in this film is deeply disturbing.”

“PEN America, which was founded in 1922 and fights for the free speech of artists in the U.S. and around the world, came out strongly and denounced the initial attempt to censor this film, and we hope all champions of free expression condemn this act of censorship. We are working with YouTube to resolve this issue and have the film back up as soon as possible.”

Bill McKibben from 350.org featured in the documentary and has since written critically of the documentary. Jeff Gibbs response is embedded in the following link; Response to Bill McKibben regarding Planet of the Humans.

I have been sceptical of Bill McKibben since I attended and spoke on a panel at a climate change conference at Victoria University Wellington in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2006. McKibben was the keynote speaker who pretended to cry when talking about AGW. I was with a group of indigenous speakers from the South Pacific Islands, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands. They agreed with me that he lacked credibility.
I will also note that 350 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere was never safe. The target set and promulgated by 350.org was never safe, the 1.5C / 2C guardrail set by the IPCC was patently never safe.

The next episode of NBL will feature a conversation with Dr. Sid Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Hampden-Sydney College and General Secretary of the Green Party of Virginia. We will be discussing his presentation titled: How to Enjoy the End of the World.

The next episode will broadcast live on Tuesday afternoon at 3pm EST, the 4th of August in the United States. If you miss the broadcast, you can find shows in the archives at PRN.fm, the podbean, or at Stitcher, and feel free to rate us on iTunes.

 

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Jeff Gibbs, Michael Moore, Nature Bats Last, Professor Guy McPherson, Sid Smith
13 comments on “Planet of the Humans on Nature Bats Last
  1. My retired biologist/teacher neighbor (formerly a commenter on NBL years ago and anti-Forest Service & timber industry local activist) watched this on NetFlicks and were blown away by it.

    I canceled my memberships in the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, NDRC etc years and years ago due to seeing them selling out to the corporations and big money greenwashing. It was all such a bad joke that I just couldn’t be that much of a hypocrite and live with myself. Nobody’s perfect and certainly not me but I’ll be damned if I’ll support such…corruption. PBS became the Putrid Bullshit System and NPR became National Petroleum Radio and I could go on ranting about all this because it pissed me off so much!

    I want to watch Planet of the Humans (not because I’ll enjoy it) but don’t think my dial-up would download it all before it would disconnect. I just can’t watch anything but very short (10 minutes or less) vids and those alone take a couple of hours to get onto this computer. There is an automatic redial program with my dial-up service that disconnects in 5 hours or so. Interrupts all downloading that goes longer.

    And since none of us are ‘visiting’ at this point excepting outside and masked & apart (we’re intelligent), I can’t go watch it at their house. Ah well, one of these days. And yes, censorship in the US is a WAY OF LIFE. Inverted totalitarianism neoliberal Capitalism that is breaking down into a bluntly obvious violently militaristic police state since the wealthy rulers and authoritarians in their employ are losing control of the myths that this society lives on as reality continues to trickle into the consciousness of more and more people. The more shit goes under the more people wake up, but then there are those that grasp ever more desperately to the dictatorship/Fascist model to ‘save’ them whether it’s with political parties or religious dogma. Mind rotting tripe and nearly impossible to circumvent with facts.

    Big sigh. I’ve been publicly called a ‘misguided idealist from the 60s’ by an “I always vote Democrat’ self-proclaimed Progressive Liberal older than me surfer from my home beach but hell, I was a teenage surf rat going to antiwar protests with my Peace & Freedom Party activist stepmom then! So I guess I was a bit of an idealist but misguided? Most definitely not. I’ve had words with this writer on OBRag.org before. Butted heads! But the publisher publishes every word I write so I must be saying something right?

    sealintheSelkirks

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  2. Haiku Blue says:

    Thanks Kevin

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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  3. Marie says:

    Fantastic interview!

    Thank you Kevin, Guy, Pauline and Jeff.

    It is a difficult message to have… That everything about our manner of living is unsustainable.
    I felt that this was very brave to make this film.

    I’m deeply appreciative of your honesty and kindness.

    Things are getting very ugly and are getting worse daily.

    I hope we can find kindness and mitigate suffering.

    Thank you for your courageous work!

    Marie

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  4. wqjcv says:

    If Jeff Gibbs had made a documentary on the Belt & Road Initiative, would the reaction have been less negative?

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  5. Kevin Hester says:

    Excellent observation, the answer pretty obvious.
    I’ve written before about the belt and road initiative
    https://kevinhester.live/2019/09/08/the-belt-and-road-initiativeand-much-more-paving-the-road-to-collapse-and-hospice/

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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    Our interview with Jeff Gibbs has been put to images from the Arctic:

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  7. Kevin Hester says:

    Another wonderful edit from Tim Bob using the audio from this months episode of Nature Bats Last.
    Radio with pictures.

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  8. Hamlet says:

    I think solar power is cool. It can provide electricity for remote situations that otherwise would not have the benefit. Vaccines can be kept cold, telephones in remote places, water pumping in arid places located off the grid, etc. With that said, I know it is unsustainable. “Solar” photovoltaics are are an electrical convenience powered by fossil fuel, period. Just recently, I tried to find a discussion about how solar cells are NOT MADE FROM SAND, but rather, quartz. I could not find anything, either on a google search, nor duckduckgo. Even Intel insists that their technology is made from sand. Someone else, I forget who, slyly said, “Photovoltaics are made from silicon, just like sand.” Haha! I have worked in the high tech industry for many years, areas of electronic fabrication, silicone ingot growing, and so forth, so I know the details, and I can most emphatically say that computer chips or photovoltaic cells are NOT MADE FROM SAND. Yet, it seems no one is willing to admit to this, and thus, I must conclude that the disconnect on this issue may only be attributed to one of cultural dogma & techno religious fantasy. I’m feeling something of what Galileo Galilei must have felt. I have no one to discuss my dismay with, so I thought I would leave my thoughts here. Good day.

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  9. Kevin Hester says:

    Welcome to our world. Frustrating isn’t it, pointing out the ‘Elephant in the room’ !

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    • Elephant? Oh hell no, Kevin, it’s freaking Godzilla looming over Tokyo ready to stomp us! I can see those giant clawed feet right over my head this very minute!!! Can’t you? It’s HONKING at me! AAAGGGGGHHHHH!

      Hamlet: I’ve got solar after inheriting a little bit of cash from my auntie back at the start of this century, Kyocera 125 panels. It shows the ignorance of people thinking they are built by beach sand. Our world runs on science but few have a grasp of even the most basic knowledge. Scary!

      I had a choice with just enough money to either buy a new truck or put in solar. Choosing worse (the industrial built-with-fossil-fuel then burning more for the life of the vehicle) or just bad (industrial built-with-fossil-fuel), I chose the latter because I still drive my 1980 Toyota Corona and 1993 Toyota x-cab 4×4. But the truck blew up last year and still isn’t running yet so I’m driving a 1995 Toyota 4Runner I picked up cheap. Afford an electric? Rich people toys unfortunately. But I drive 45 miles a week, more in winter, but with the solar at least I’m trying!

      Welcome to the conversation. You can talk here on Kevin’s site, and dismay is an intelligent response. I’m kinda beyond that at this point, though…more along the lines of George Carlin’s massive irony mixed with the pessimism of Albert Einstein. But I still try to do something fun every day. You do the same, eh?

      sealintheSelkirks

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  10. Hamlet says:

    I put up a BP275 solar panel to keep deer out of my garden (powering an electric fence). At 75w output, it can’t keep up with my 7w fencer when it get cloudy for a few days. It’s a dirty secret about photovoltaics; modest overcast drops power output 90%. Unless you live in the SW USA, pv is a nonstarter here. So, let’s all move to the desert, and use our panels to pump fossil water, fill our pools, and have a party.

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    • Yep, I know this having lived in these mountains for 16 years. When it snows, best have big batteries and unplug everything one can to get through until the next sunny day. Which of course almost never works out quite as well as one hoped! It may be a dirty secret but at least it’s better than filling the coffers of power companies, yes?

      As for your last sentence, you must be thinking of Arizona and all those Covid-19 parties the younger generation are having. And dying from. Obviously that age group, regardless of the technology they are addicted to, haven’t learned much since the James Dean era of playing chicken with cars in the 1950s, eh? Maybe we should all move to the desert so we could grow freaking cotton in that state, too? Can’t be much left of the 300 million year old water sources left under the sand, and the Colorado doesn’t even make it to Mexico anymore, but hey the government will subsidize big corporations anyway and we all should get on board that train because, after all, if we don’t someone else will!!!

      Growing cotton in 100’F+ desert sand. Just wow. Pretty crazy stuff, eh?

      But I’ve got 8 panels up, 3.5kW, and one of these days I might even get the other 8 that are still sitting in boxes in the shop mounted. Of course that’ll require more cash that I don’t have to do some fixing on the house but one can dream….

      in other news my oldest friend just got hit by Hurricane Douglas on Windward Side of O’ahu last night. And I found out this morning that they dodged the bullet and still have their house… Sometimes I hear good news.

      sealintheSelkirks

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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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