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4 comments on “<i> Planet of the Humans </i> <br> Violent criticism of bioenergy”

  1. Good day!

    In search of a factual film review of "Planet of the Humans" I came across your text. Thanks a lot for this. The film criticizes everything I would criticize about the Greens movement, but it is really dark (the NZZ article begins with "Don't watch this film with your children" - probably true, such a warning would have I also wished for “Bottled Life”, “Peak Oil” and especially “An Inconvienent Truth” (but that's another story).

    Why I am writing to you: In the last section you mention the ban on DDT as an environmental protection measure, together with CFCs. I don't want to leave that unchallenged. CFCs attacked the ozone layer due to understandable chemical reactions in the atmosphere in such a way that protection against UV-C radiation was no longer guaranteed. It was clear enough that the cases of skin cancer in Australia, especially among younger people, increased so that the ban on CFCs - despite all the wailing from industry - was simply necessary. Everyone with an IQ beyond 85 understood that.

    The prohibition DDT, however, is a completely different story: For many historians, Rachel Carson's book "The Silent Spring" ("Silent Spring") represents the beginning of the environmental movement (mMn above all the beginning of the manipulation of the environmental movement for the purpose of maximizing profit). DDT was the most effective way to control the spread of the Anopheles mosquito, the main carrier of the malaria virus. The ban on DDT, triggered by "Silent Spring", has caused malaria to flare up in Africa and has since cost approximately 25 million lives. Quite a mass murder in the name of saving lives.

    Yours sincerely.

  2. Thank you for your feedback! Your interesting and justified criticism of my criticism of the documentation Planet of the Humans absolutely makes sense to me.

    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson really must have been a phenomenon from a book. The author herself deserves much more attention these days and we owe a great deal to her foresight. At such a moment I always have to think of Bernhard von Chartres' quote: "We are dwarfs on the shoulders of giants". Unfortunately I did not know this giant yet and thank you for this tip on the origins of the environmental movement.

    The topic of mosquitoes and the diseases (parasites) they transmit is far too little discussed in public. In the meantime, the equally controversial genetic engineering method CRISPR is used to contain the dramatic consequences of Anopheles Mücke. In dealing with the ethical dilemmas that result from this, I do not want to learn far from the window. The number of annual deaths is declining, but over 400.000 people (!) Still die from malaria - every year - and over 200 million become infected (the most common infectious disease in the world). Perhaps a remedy like DDT is even justifiable under certain conditions.

    Thank you again for your constructive criticism of the article on Planet of the Humans and nice greetings from Berlin.

  3. Dr. Jörn Döring

    The crucial problem was addressed in the film: too many people consume too many resources in too short a time.

    It is therefore necessary to work through the following task blocks:
    1. Reduction of the world population
    2. Creation of a circular economy (e.g. Cradle2Cradle approach)

    To 1 .: Here education and clarification is necessary in the regions with rapidly growing populations. Children are no longer allowed to be pension insurance. Good education, good job prospects, good business settlement, better standard of living, fewer children. DE can also down to 50 million inhabitants (comparison with France in terms of size and area)

    To 2 .: We will never get there with a ban policy. The social market economy in particular can give a boost in the direction of a circular economy if, above all, if not only, consumption is taxed. And a product that is made more sustainably than another has a lower consumption tax. Then it becomes interesting for the consumer and it is worthwhile for the entrepreneur to invest in sustainable production methods.

    And as far as the energy requirement is concerned, only a combination of basic load supply by nuclear energy (fusion power plants and 4th generation nuclear power plants) and renewable energy in combination with various storage technologies (Power2X to algae, aquaponic, etc.) becomes affordable energy (electricity, heat, Mobility, ...) for humanity. What you know at the moment.

  4. Thank you for the stimulating and courageous comment. Courageous because I fear that the topics a. Regulation of population growth (fewer children !?) and b. the resumption of the debate on nuclear energy (fusion energy + nextgen nuclear power plant) will be very emotional debates that generate some criticism.

    I agree that in a rapidly developing world that is so different today than it was 100 years ago, we should discuss or simply acknowledge some paradigm shifts. At the same time, I agree that a ban policy is not very sexy and will not get votes. We are becoming more and more about this Planet of the Humans, giving us a Planet with Humans maybe should be enough. It is about our species finding their role on this planet. This is a huge construction site peppered with enough work for everyone. It sounds nine times smart, but our global real-time connected civilization has to grow up, otherwise we'll soon be flying off the planet at the current speed (and I don't mean in a warp-propelled spaceship).

    Thanks again for your suggestions on my little criticism of Planet of the Humans. All the best!

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