The Cross of the Moment

2015 ,    »  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 8.16/10 from 109 users.

The Cross of the Moment investigates the environmental crisis in a wholly original and stimulating fashion. This feature-length documentary expresses an urgent need to correct the ill effects of climate change and environmental degradation, and explores the major stumbling blocks which have kept governments and the masses from becoming more active in finding solutions.

It all begins with the Fermi paradox. Surrounded by a universe many billions of years older than our own planet, isn't it reasonable to assume that extra-terrestrial life must exist? If so, why haven't we seen evidence of it? A panel of experts, including figures from the fields of academics and science, begin their journey of exploration by mulling over this contradiction. One possible explanation may lie in the miraculously complex series of factors which make our planet uniquely positioned to sustain life.

This serves as a prelude to the main thesis of the film. Recognizing that we are blessed by such a seemingly random and rare set of planetary circumstances that make life possible for all of us, shouldn't we do everything in our power to protect it?

As argued in the film, we see evidence of climate change all around us in the form of perilous drought, severe storms and rising temperatures. Yet many remain obstinate in the face of these mounting catastrophes. There are many possible societal and economic reasons for this. For example, our industries have become entirely dependent upon the use of fossil fuels - it has become an essential strand of DNA that runs through our everyday lives - and a change from this accepted custom does not occur without tremendous resistance.

The Cross of the Moment lays out the personal behaviors and capitalistic considerations that continue to drive the ongoing disintegration of our planet's precious resources. The film points out that our attempts at increasing efficiency in areas like automotive manufacturing are a step in the right direction, but short-sighted in their sustainability and long-term impact. The interview subjects articulate the consequences of our continued inaction, but they manage to soften the typically apocalyptic tone of climate change with a welcome call for humanism.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. hank

    Supremely interesting, but disappointing that more emphasis was not put upon the threats posed by OVERPOPULATION.
    ALL our problems proceed from this central fact, and every remedy to address social, environmental, and economic issues are only temporary fixes doomed to failure without first reducing human numbers.

  2. Sha'Tara
  3. Sha'Tara

    Fascinating! (And, by the way, thanks for having this web site -it's a great source of information.

  4. Glorianne Hesse
  5. Glorianne Hesse

    This is a film everyone should see, s it asks: what is more important, humanity or profit? Capitalism is destroying the planet. This documentary does a good job of making this argument. Regarding overpopulation, it also makes the point that civilization can survive with a population of one billion people. Or, as another speakers said, 1/10 the number that exists today. We know that China, until recently, limited the number of children to one per family. It evidently worked so well, that the number was raised to two per family because the work force had grown too small. I mention this only as one example of a workable solution to population...if not a pleasant one. I believe this is an extremely important educational film and one that will help stimulate us into joining the many movements afoot to bring imperative change to our society and the world. The survival of humanity is at stake. The time for action is becoming distressingly short.

  6. Ben Ward
  7. Ben Ward

    I couldn't even stand to watch past 3 minutes such small minded theories. I suppose the human mind cant help but mumble the universe complicate it, tangle it and have no real idea of what its doing.

  8. eddy
  9. eddy

    @Ben Ward
    I couldnt get past youre first sentence... my mind certainly get untangle the second.

  10. Shelley Mizener
  11. Shelley Mizener

    Brilliant, grateful, happy to share... all about education and we need to inject that into our youth...

  12. Lewie Miya
  13. Lewie Miya

    Very educational by top scientists. I wished everybody would take the time to absorb what is being said. I am hopeful.

  14. Lewie Miya
  15. Lewie Miya

    This would help to educate everybody in a very meaningful way unless one is not quite intelligent and patient enough to sit for an hour.

  16. KsDevil
  17. KsDevil

    The doom and gloom in this documentary might distract from some of the actual useful information that is being presented.
    I doubt the unbelievers will stick around long enough to hear it.

  18. Lita
  19. Lita

    Past extinction events, take tens of millions of years for life to come back. What about the War Industry? the oligarchies; they control just about everything, massive spending, and it is increasing, by gov't all over the world, Russia, China, Japan, Indonesia, US, many others, spend trillions on weapons. It's corrupt, and keeps the billionaires happy.

  20. Jerico
  21. Jerico

    Sure overpopulation is a problem, but is just reductionist to say this is the main problem in CC. There are enough resources in Earth to live for all of us, but not if we still want to have luxuries like gold watches, cars per each person, huge private swimming pools, big golf courses and meat everyday. The focus should be on the overconsumption of developed countries and how developing countries want to imitate them (e.g. China, India). We can have new technologies (less or no fossil fuels) which is luckily happening, but without a behavioral change we will not get far. Sadly, talking about real changes on consumption patterns is a taboo topic as it "attacks" culture and the "freedom" promoted by capitalism.

  22. Mark
  23. Mark

    Excellent film, one of the best on the subject of humanity and the earth. I think this film and its content should be mandatory viewing in every junior and senior high school across Canada and the US for the next 10 years.

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