Time for a Cartoon!

This outstanding use of animation and design to illustrate otherwise difficult or dry concepts is by Dermot O’Connor.


9 comments to Time for a Cartoon!

  • The ending is a fairly unimaginative vision of degrowth. Renewable energy can absolutely provide us with a more modern standard of living, and certainly keep long-distance communication networks running so that innovation can continue at a similar pace. There’s no reason we have to go back to horse-drawn carriages.

    Predictably, it also completely ignores thorium-based nuclear power, which is still unsustainable but can at least buy us another few decades.

  • name

    Well animated and produced. I got bored 15min in, skipped to the end, and saw only Thanks and no citations. A commenter said it was”meticulously organized and footnoted”, but maybe I skipped the footnotes. I hope that as it becomes popular, there’ll be prominently available citations. Advertisements for Clean Coal don’t cite or support statements, so I don’t believe them.

  • yonemoto

    Chris Martenson’s Crash course is similar. I think chris is also a part of the post-carbon institute, and I wouldn’t be surprised if much of this video was inspired by the crash course. It’s longer, more in detail, and focuses more on how the government enforces growth through policies of secular inflation. If you liked this, the crash course goes more into detail about the economics in particular.

  • […] The following animation describes why capitalism with its infinite growth model will collapse. It presents many data in an easily comprehensible way (including such complex things like EROEI). The conclusion is quite desillusioning. [credit] [script] [via] […]

  • pop

    I remember this guy’s blog from waaay back. He’s been working on this for AGES… thought oil was going to run out before he got it done. 😉

    Btw Nina, have you seen this?

  • Sadly this animation is CC-ND-NC. 🙁

    >A commenter said it was ”meticulously organized and footnoted”

    The footnotes are in the script:

  • Thanks for posting this. Good info displayed in a very nice format.

  • Jürgen

    Hooray! And for a practical approach to this “Happy ending” see http://opensourceecology.org/ with the help of cc-by-sa and FLOSS!

  • Swapnil

    I feel Human should limit their own growth which has many hindrances like cultural / economical in todays time when we can see the end at Horizons countries give incentives for Birth rates , densely populated countries never implemented contraceptives … and so one Rice not let their expensive lifestyle to go away and economical growth can be generated only by enabling poorer to go energy expensive … WE CAN NOT STOP .

    It looks you are an american will you ready to get away your lavish lifestyle for the benefit of poor , I dont think most of the Developed world is ready for it .

    swapnil Joshi

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