Last Call provides a high-level examination of one of the most fundamental environmental questions of our time – are there limits to growth?
In 1972, the publication of the book The Limits to Growth stimulated worldwide interest and debate, selling 30 million copies in 30 languages. It marked a turning point in thinking about the environment. Prepared for the Club of Rome, the book was based on the work of a team of young scientists from MIT who created the first computer model to analyze the interaction over time of exponential growth with finite natural resources.
Their primary message was that the human footprint, if unchecked, would grow beyond the carrying capacity of the planet on a sustainable basis. They concluded that humanity must adapt to the planet’s limits or risk overshoot, which could result in the collapse of global support systems and human decline.
Four decades later, the surviving authors and mentors of The Limits to Growth assess their earlier predictions, update where we stand today in relation to the earth’s limits, and present a “final call” on what we need to do now to avoid global ecological collapse in the next few decades.
Supported by archival footage and other materials, Last Call provides provocative insights into the fundamental reasons behind the ongoing global ecological and economic crises, and what it will take to ensure a more hopeful future.
FEATURED IN THE FILM
Jay Forrester, Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management, pioneer of the modern computer age, founder of System Dynamics
Dennis Meadows, Professor Emeritus of Systems Management, University of New Hampshire; author, The Limits to Growth
Donella Meadows, biophysicist and systems analyst, Dartmouth; author, The Limits to Growth; Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment; MacArthur Fellow
Jorgen Randers, PhD, Professor of Climate Strategy, BI Norwegian Business School; co-author, The Limits to Growth; author, 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next 40 Years
William Behrens III, co-author, The Limits to Growth
Aurelio Peccei, Founder and President, Club of Rome