Some days all the inter webs have to offer up in the world of apocalypse shorts are first person shooters, rape gangs, and lonely hunters–all violence and grit, offering no hope and even less creativity. I was just about to give up and share a super cool book instead, when I came upon this British gem. The amazing technicolor suburbs and eerily upbeat intro music alone are worth the price of admission.
Loneliness is a pretty common theme in art that looks at the post-apocalyptic world, but there is something especially beautiful about the creative vision, subtle humor, and simple joy of this short piece.
Probably my favorite prepping blog is thesurvivalmom.com. I love her straightforward practical, balanced approach to prep and the way she helps de-stigmatize prepping by explaining how nearly ever person preps for something in their life. Bring a snack for a long day out? You’re a prepper. Keep and extra water bottle in the car? You’re a prepper. Have a plan for where to go in a hurricane? You’re a prepper.
If you’ve been wondering about how to prep, what to prep, or why to prep, her How to be a Prepper video is a great place to start.
On Sunday November 2, 2014 the UN panel on climate science issued a new report on global warming. Its goal: To help drive participation in and completion of a new international climate agreement.
Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here Sunday.
Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year.
Justin Gillis, “U.N. panel issues its starkest warning yet on global warming,” The New York Times
Climate change is no longer some distant uncertainty. It is here now. And as governments continue to delay action, the window of opportunity for slowing looming catastrophe is rapidly closing.
If our governments don’t act, what can we as individuals do? It’s pretty clear that recycling cans and shortening showers, doesn’t amount to even a drop in the bucket. What we’re going to need is a rapid, widespread grassroots movement in which we find a way to end, cold-turkey, our addiction to fossil fuels. But the truth is, that kind of change is hard, even for those of us who want to change. So where, if anywhere, does our hope lie? Quite possibly with our kids.
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This gorgeous collaboration between Platige Image and ESA is directed by Tomek Bagiński and stars Aidan Gillen, of Game of Thrones fame, and Aisling Franciosi. Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on October 24, 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.
The future begins when we envision it. It becomes real when we create it.
I had another short film all lined up for today, but I just learned that Dallas nurse Nina Pham is finally free of Ebola 13 days after first testing positive for the virus. While she still has a lot of recovery to do before she begins to feel well again, this news is yet another sign that the end is not near (at least not by Ebola pandemic).
For more on the topic of Ebola-induced panic, I’ll leave you with friend, writer, rockstar, and fighter, Eugene Robinson. And yes, there’s a video in there. Enjoy.
Finding a way to let stress slide off you as though you were made of Teflon is among the most important survival skills you can master–whether it’s dealing with the daily stresses of sheltering in place, the short and violent stress of a sudden, devastating natural disaster, or the pressure of an intense, and ongoing threat. In dealing with any stressful situation, clearheadedness is key. Here is one way to help get from frazzled to functioning when you need it most.
A father and daughter struggle to survive while avoiding the infected in this pandemic-themed short.
Recently a couple of stunning short films about the apocalypse landed on my Facebook feed. I was so impressed by their beauty, clarity, and messages, I decided to share–not just those two, but any others I may hunt down along the way. Not only do they have something to tell us about our possible futures, but I believe it’s important to support the artists that created them.
To that end, welcome to Feature Friday: short films, books, movie and TV shows, and other digital media that can help shed light on our human condition in these days of rogue weather, terror attacks, deadly viruses, and other threats to our health and sanity. I hope you enjoy our first installment: Pumzi, a short science-fiction film written and directed by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. The title means “breath” in Swahili.