Hosted by historian and journalist Gwynne Dyer, this series tackles the most complex and urgent global issue to emerge since the Cold War era: Can the human race reconcile the current rate of global development with a finite environment?
Around the world most people still struggle to exist much the way our ancestors did, but today one quarter of the world's population enjoys a standard of living never before dreamed possible. And thanks to the mass media, the rest of the world knows about it and wants to share in it too.
Dyer considers the roles that consumerism, nationalism, patriarchy, democracy and technology play in the delicate balance of our relationship with the planet we inhabit. As he examines our chances of surviving what he describes as the converging global crises, Dyer finds peril, but also grounds for hope.
The titles in the series are:
The Bomb Under the World - What are the consequences of consumerism taking hold in developing countries, like India?
The Gods of Our Fathers - There is nothing innate in patriarchy and militarism. We can change our culture.
The Tribal Mind - Post-apartheid South Africa is the best example of people struggling to overcome tribalism.
Escaping From History - Poverty and the consumer ethic clash in Mexico City. What can we do?
Grade Level: College, Adult
US Release Date: 1995
Copyright Date: 1994
DVD ISBN: 0-7722-1218-X
VHS ISBN: 0-7722-0557-4
EDITOR'S CHOICE, Video Librarian, March/April 1996
"Striking and well edited."
"This is a fascinating series...deeply concerning by definition, but unable by circumstance to offer the quick-fix solution we all want."
The West Australian
"While many may see programs about overpopulation and other unpleasantries as depressing and futile, this series provides a glimmer of hope."
Niagara Falls Review