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How Close Are We to Reaching Earth’s Limits?

September 14, 2013

644431_359024747531742_1509635422_nPlease join us on Thurs., Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m. for Conscientious Projector’s presentation of Last Call at the Armory Center for the Arts. Four decades ago, the futurist think tank The Club of Rome commissioned a group of young MIT scientists to create the first computer model to analyze the impact of unlimited growth on Earth’s finite natural resources. The result was the controversial best seller The Limits to Growth, which became one of the foundational documents of the burgeoning environmental movement and sparked debate that continues to this day. Its central thesis: that human activity, if left unchecked, will eventually surpass the carrying capacity of the planet, and that this overshoot could lead to the collapse of global life support systems. How far we have traveled down this path is the subject of Last Call. Filmmaker Enrico Cerasuolo details the original report with vintage footage and gathers its surviving authors and their mentors to assess where we are now and what we must do immediately to forestall the ultimate ecological crash they originally predicted.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

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