I agree that's a big take-away that I also got, but most people just don't realize how deep a hole humanity has dug for itself in the last ~100 years. If it was possible for every human on the planet to stop buying single use plastic drinking bottles starting today what would happen? We've had a taste for some of that sort of thing with the lock-downs from the corona virus. A big group of people out of work with little to no safety net, few alternative skills to turn to, and not enough farmers/gardeners!
The take-away for me was definitely less consumption and lower population, but it wasn't clear enough or driven home all the way.
There are several examples that I know of that if women have access to free or cheap safe birth control, most of them will choose themselves to have fewer or no children. Yet even in modern countries such as my own, far too many women don't have easy access. I'm past that stage, but family doctors are critically short locally, so if I needed a prescription for birth control, I'd have to wait in line at 7:30 am for an hour just in the "hope" I'd get an appointment for sometime that day. (Disclaimer - I had two children and they replaced 4 grandparents, so a 50% drop.)
Yes we are getting very populated but who gets to decide if people have a right to have children?
I totally agree. Those in power seem to believe (probably because it's in their own best interests) that people don't want to use less energy or buy less stuff. I think this movie had a great opportunity to encourage people to look at how much energy they use for so many things, and encourage them to find alternatives - real energy use like clothes dryers rather than light bulbs which are not going to make or break the next 50 years! If you haven't read Paul Wheaton's "Building a Better World" book, it has plenty of real-life solutions (like less lawn cut 4" high like a shag rug instead of short like a putting green) that will save significant energy if enough people did it, particularly if the areas that are no longer lawn, have perennial food crops on them.
I just don't think he looked at all the ways we can have a better system than what is in place now. If you only tell people all the wrong things and never offer solutions they go away thinking. it doesn't matter what they do they are screwed anyway. Or what they have been doing is useless.
I admit it more made me feel depressed. I've been trying for decades to convert people around me to simple things like clotheslines and edible landscaping. They had the opportunity to send that message to a lot of people and they didn't.
I think he was trying to get to peoples emotions and make us angry ...which it does make me feel that way about much of what he said.
Yes, we need to have local focus and local economy! We need to encourage mentoring between teens and twenty+ who often can come up with wild and outside the box ideas, and older, experienced technical people who can help find ways to make those ideas reality. Having open-minded governmental officials supporting that process is fine, but we can't expect them to do it for us. It's one of the reasons I like the PEP program here on permies - it's getting people to try simple tasks that are fast becoming lost arts like mending a sock - socks are cheap, just toss it and buy another. We need to cultivate a "fix-it" attitude! (Disclaimer - #2 son ripped his fairly worn farm pants this week, so I removed part of a pocket and machine stitched it over the rip - good for a little longer!)
There are ways we can improve our systems. But we as individuals are going to have to work to find them we can not rely on government or corrperations to do so.