There's No Tomorrow

There's No Tomorrow

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There's No TomorrowThere's No Tomorrow is a half-hour animated documentary about resource depletion, energy and the impossibility of infinite growth on a finite planet.

Inspired by the pro-capitalist cartoons of the 1940s, the film is an introduction to the energy dilemmas facing the world today.

"The average American today has available the energy equivalent of 150 slaves, working 24 hours a day. Materials that store this energy for work are called fuels. Some fuels contain more energy than others. This is called energy density."

"Economic expansion has resulted in increases in atmospheric nitrous oxide and methane, ozone depletion, increases in great floods, damage to ocean ecosystems, including nitrogen runoff, loss of rainforest and woodland, increases in domesticated land, and species extinctions."

"The global food supply relies heavily on fossil fuels. Before WW1, all agriculture was Organic. Following the invention of fossil fuel derived fertilisers and pesticides there were massive improvements in food production, allowing for increases in human population.The use of artificial fertilisers has fed far more people than would have been possible with organic agriculture alone."

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4 years ago

can someone please give me a detailed summary about this document

Debby belfontie
4 years ago

So I told my grandma that there was no tomorrow and I started explaining things that were really stupid and then I search up on Google how there’s no tomorrow and then I read it and then she said it’s a freaking movie lol

John Dumas
5 years ago

Condensed geothermal + greenhouses = massive production in little space. Pressured gas concentrates all its heat into less space producing extremely high temperatures. Greenhouses made from waste materials can recycle organic waste into new food, solar heated indoor fish ponds and many other lines of production.

9 years ago


9 years ago

One of the best movie I had ever seen..... I feel that evry1 in the world shld watch this movie..... Only then our future generations will have a better life..

Terry Owen
9 years ago

Its women's blind desire to fill bellies with clones. Selfishness will kill us all.

niclab47 .
9 years ago

I appreciated this video because for me it was informative and helped me assimilate the bigger picture.However what seems to be the elephant in the room is overpopulation. So all males reaching puberty need to get a vasectomy for the next decade and that may give our planet time to renew it's resources. If Banks can print fiat Gov't can implement planned parenthood. Pro creation must become sustainable,only at the same ratio as our planet can supply required resources. Is this called critical thinking or shall I face a Darwinian condemnation. Then when we find another planet like ours we can go and destroy it as well.

Alv V
10 years ago

Those that are keeping society like it have been the last decades, is flogging a dead horse.

10 years ago

Be more abstemious and buy (consume) less and of course we need a green revolution and change our technology... It's very difficult but not impossible!

Daniel Covington
11 years ago

God this is a nauseatingly sophomoric documentary. I would fail this stupid hippie girl and try to get her kicked out of college for such a shallow minded documentary. I cannot even begin to pick this stupid documentary apart because every piece of mindless drivel coming out of her mouth is laughably ignorant of so much thought. She did literally just say one thing that is good and that is that all people should learn to become more self sufficient. Other than that, this is a truly sad documentary done by a freshman at a community college. Devoid of thought and pondering and research and argument and critical thinking. So pathetic.

Daniel Covington
11 years ago

This documentary is pretty much pure ****. This dumb Irish lady thinks that the world is screwed. She needs to be locked in a library for life until she pulls her head out of her *** and realizes what ECONOMICS is. This is a pretty pathetic documentary about the world's energy needs. The world is bloated with energy supply. Once the price of some forms of energy gets too high, consumers will start paying for other types of energy, and capitalists will respond by increasing supply. This documentary is pathetic.

11 years ago

I cant stress enough how much I despise this documentary and feel the need to come back and comment on it. DR. Michio Kaku said himself, the future of energy is solar, when the price of solar panels come down to meet the price of oil prices they will become the future, also incredible research is being done in carbon nanotubes enabling vast amounts of energy to be stored, that is the battery of the future. So the futre is NOT bleak, its filled with promise, this B.S. doc. is a fear tool used by oil companies to make you consume more.

11 years ago

This is one of the most accessible and informative videos on the subject that I have ever experienced

11 years ago

veryyyy interesting

11 years ago

When are people going to stop calling the USA, America, America is not a country, It's the united states of america. America is the partial name of one of two continents, North America and South America. Manifest Destiny.

Richard Sjöberg
11 years ago

This started as a great objective explaination of the problem regarding exponential growth, sad it turns out to be doom propaganda... To bad these kind of docs always ends with concrete "what should one do now". It decreases credibility which in turn makes people doubt the fundamental problem. I believe cultural change is required to stop exponential growth, I don't believe we need a medieval/stoneage society

Some irrational arguments (there were more =)):

"Technology can not be used to produce energy, it can only be used to utilize energy"
True, but there is no need to produce energy. There is only need to utilize energy. E=MC^2 => enough energy => energy shortage is not the problem...

"Electric cars run on electricity, which is powered by fossil fuels, this is not a solution"
Absolutely idiotic argument since electricity don't have to be produced from fossil fuels......

"Get out of debt", "Try to avoid banks", "Support local businesses", "Use local currencies"
Doom propaganda, propaganda from someone that have been at too many greenpeace partys... It might come true but that would be sad. It will def come true if people follow this guys "advice". It sounds more like the sad consequence of to much exponential growth....

I wonder if he would go for this solution/lifestyle if he found out that his daughter got cancer. Or if he would try to find a solution to the problem, like his ancestors did

11 years ago

@ Charlie Shread
Increasing energy efficiency and using solar, wind, wave, etc is not the answer, not because it isn't perfect, but because it's not the answer. It's a deferment of the answer. Hence the title There's No Tomorrow. As long as mass resources have to be extracted for a mass society, living under authoritarian hierarchy in a mass culture consuming mass quantities, no amount of renewable energy or energy efficiency is going to be 'the answer' in the long run. Technology (no matter how "green" we think it is) is not going to save us.

Charlie Shread
11 years ago

This is very good, until the "happy ending". It is far too pessimistic.
Jeremy Rifkin's Third Industrial Revolution presents a realistic path which many countries are already taking towards a more sustainable economy.
To say that technology won't solve anything is a complete fallacy - renewable energy technological advancements are happening all the time; solar efficiency, wave technology, and new ingenious solutions of how to capture different sources of energy, etc. This is not an overly optimistic view - it is happening constantly.
The very brief argument against electric cars is shallow and wrong.
If electric cars are integrated into a renewable energy electric smart grid, they would not be a problem.
Many of the manufacturing issues would be greatly reduced when factories start running on electricity from renewable sources of energy, also integrated into the smart grid.
Saying Recycling is not an answer, just because it is not perfect is ridiculous. We just need to improve recycling efficiency and change the materials in which products are made.
Products can become integrated into a Cradle to Cradle model, where almost zero waste is produced, where they don't use materials which cannot be recycled or biodegraded.

11 years ago

Once again, they forgot to talk about one of the most important aspects of unsustainably: demographic growth. More than two children for each woman is very wasteful and need to be stop for a better future in addition to find the new source of cheap clean energies and stop wasting resources.

11 years ago

Fantastic film -well done the prodeucers and editors!

11 years ago

I still say people are being paranoid with a "future" that may not even exist. Enjoy your life and live for today. Quit worrying about the someday that you'll never live to see.

11 years ago

After reviewing some of the naive comments, I see the result of truth is hard for most to handle.

Fact, when someone tells the truth, first they are confronted by anger, then rage, even bloodshed, and then finally acceptance. The US is still in the anger stage. This film is not about doom. Doom is a term used by ignorant. Those who don't see what is already happening in the US, and around the world, are in fact doomed -- or have their head up their ass. We live on finite planet. If you don't prepare, you will be screwed.

11 years ago

I love this film, all who live on this planet should watch it.

11 years ago

Just because there are many challenges to solve a problem doesn't mean it wont happen. There were many challenges to go to the moon and we still went using 60's technology. People, stop living in fear and believing in doom and gloom, only the rich corporations profit from your fears and exploit them to stimulate consumption.

11 years ago

I work in the arms industry.
It is common knowledge that everything that is in this doc is true and accurate. I have been present where references to these issues, and ones like them, have been mulled over by developers.

If I may, I'd like to add a few additional observations to this discourse.

The growth in human populations and the declines in commodities sustaining them are directly linked.

The world can be said to have too many people but it is not entirely accurate that all its people are alike, similarly dangerous to a future of human life on this limited world. More specifically, the average american uses more resources than an entire African village but whereas Africa could realistically physically support about 5 million more villages, the usa could easily physically host 250 million more consuming mouths. As a result, population culling techniques for use against the 'over-developed world', namely the usa, are actively being discussed. It would be wrong of me to outline these but directing solutions toward the 'minor players' is not wise... nor a wise use of said limited resources so striking the heart of the problem, the population segment that is responsible, is key to a realistic solution.

Keeping people alive costs huge resources whereas making them 'not alive' is low cost and uses few resources and can be accomplished in a tidy fashion allowing existing resources in target regions to be largely undamaged, thus being later utilizable.

This doc clearly demonstrates how the american city model, of highly geographically distributed and disparate living and support areas is vastly unsustainable when compared to older civil patterns such as those in Asia, Europe and the 'under-developed' world. Therefore it makes sense to sweep it away cleanly.

In short, I have heard frequent discussions re. 'culling consumer units' in the unsustainable regions of the world. Since the unsustainable region is the same one that promotes and perpetuates the debt-based currency problem necessitating the treadmill that is 'failed consumerism', the solution strikes two birds with one stone, as it were. Minor ethical judgements aside, there is much to commend the methods being discussed... from a purely technical standpoint alone.

When the time comes, stand outside in the open and the pain will be but transient, is my actual advice.

There are billions of people on this world that do not have lives that are killing the ability of this Earth to support human life.

Is it not right and proper that the minority that are largely responsible are cut back to aid the majority? That's only just, isn't it?

11 years ago

Thorium reactors for energy. Go back to following the constitution. Make gold and silver money again.

All problems solved.

11 years ago

Wow, this documentary was rather depressing. Didn't really give much answers, just simply presented one with the reasons for how we are all doomed.

carl naylor
11 years ago

Oh! What a clear and clever cartoon! With all the ugly facts every informed citizen should at least know. (And note: the example on population doubling comes from ... uh ... some professor guy, whose lecture is available online as well.)

11 years ago

This just makes people paranoid and afraid. Afraid to do anything because it will hurt our planet, and blah blah. The world is dying, as are the rest of us. Someday everything we know of won't exist anymore, but who cares about the someday? For all you know you could die tomorrow without ever enjoying your life. Stupid. I say live and let live and just be happy. Quit being so paranoid, but if you insist humans are the cause for destruction, then just kill yourself and then all your problems will be gone. Promise.

11 years ago

Also, if you think over population is the problem; its not. Think about it.

The same number of gigawatts is used per person as 50 years ago. Its not that we don't have the resources to sustain 7 bn people, its that the profit motive blocks or inhibits true resources efficiency. Oil consumption has only increased because we've allowed it to. Energy can be free and abundant for all, including food and homes but this is so typically overlooked that ignorance partly, or mainly due to the media remains. The 'economy' is a joke; people don't need jobs, they need their health and sustenance, which could easily be provided without a ponzi fiat distribution method, so if your doing something that puts in zero innovation to the economy, STOP WHAT YOUR DOING AND BE CREATIVE!

11 years ago

Those who dismiss or scoff at this should be desperately ashamed of themselves. Its worse than denying the holocaust, but I still bet some of you out there deny the holocaust.

This doc touches on a very important truth that few people consider; that is, global collaboration. Unless we channel our focus onto the issues that matter, some of those this doc raises, we will perish. We urgently need a massive worldwide transfer to renewable energies. Sadly, some still choose to hoard fossil fuel to their own 'legitimate' gain, with others in denial, unable to accept that unless we alter our path, the prosperity of billions and billions more to come will result.

I refer you to the Zeitgeist movement for further awareness. If you feel bile rising when I post this, don't bother responding, just tell your incoherent illogical argument to yourself. Please refrain from sharing your opinion, its potentially devastating to the human race. And don't mention the 'free' market. That model is either obsolete or has been raped by thieves.

11 years ago

all us petroleum using 2x the land used to grow food in 2020 based on corn or hemp?

11 years ago

Fact:1 Oil is running out. Fact: 2 the wold is already over populated. Fact:3 every one of us here will ever go as far as putting their rubbish in the bin and will feel that they are doing their bit to keep the earth nice and clean!! so far all i have seen is evidence of people just b#tching and moaning. lol typical $2 comments no1 here really cares, we just think we do.

11 years ago

6,500 millions of humans have to dissapear in order to ensure the specie survival. That's the way evolution works. Only those with enough sources will survive, this means, the richest and most powerful people on the planet. They know this and that's why they've already took on their own hands the course of a massive human extinction. It is very likely that either you or your children will die victims of cancer, obesity, an extrange "unknown" virus, a war or starving.

11 years ago

thank god we had the best of times.


11 years ago

Two words: doomer porn.

Francis Estep
11 years ago

You are right in the sense that genocide is often rationalized because of fears of global carrying capacity being overstretched, but it has also been the case that genocide has commenced in relation to "lack of resources." In Darfur, for example, it is a fact that Lake Chad, once a very big lake supporting life and habitat, has dried out to little more than a pond. This has been a big causal factor in the humanitarian crisis going on there.

11 years ago

The grammatically correct term for those who digest this swill would be "doomer ignoramuses."

A brief look through even the most recent human history provides numerous example of mass human slaughters and genocides - *always* "rationally" based on hysterical resource fears and their alleged cultural solutions - such as those committed by Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, and Pol Pot, or in places such as Rwanda, Kosovo, Somalia, and Darfur. And that's merely the tip of the genocidal iceberg (of just the last century alone!), always fundamentally based on fears and hysteria about resource depletion.

People who buy into this extremely dangerous mode of thinking might better take a look at their own place in the world and how to better it, rather than to cultivate a vision of paranoia and fear about the future.

It's easy to see in the comments here what kind of venal "documentary" this actually is.

11 years ago

a simple solution, currently possible, and very cost efficient exists. "wholesale slaughter". we currently have population far in excess of our needs for production, as evidenced by unemployment, "stay at home moms", redundant middle managers, the idle rich, professional scholars of "the humanities", the criminal population, lawyers, politicians, and many more sub-classes of humanity. all we productive members of society (folks who actually "add value") need to do is wander about killing as many as we can lay our hands on, and within a few short years we reach "sustainability" again. of course, i make this observation with tongue firmly inserted in cheek, but it is, technically at least, a VERY workable short term fix. there are some minor stumbling blocks (laws, morality, etc). funny thing is, i seem to remember back in the early 70s, a movement for "Z-pop" an acronym for zero population growth. it was of course, branded as lunacy of the highest order by the majority (though china embraced it fully, and within a few decades became the emerging economic giant of our planet, hmmmmm). now, we need "neg-pop". so, every body sharpen your cutlass, lay in a goodly supply of ammunition, arm yourselves to the teeth, and go out and do your duty for humanity!! lol, thanks for another of many informative docs, TDF... but seriously folks, i was only kidding (well, except maybe for the lawyers ; ) )

11 years ago

So. Buy some land in a temperate climate, begin an organic farm, and take lessons from the amish. Oh, and buy enough guns and ammunition to fight off all the starving millions and political militaries from taking your least until they die back. Kids these days might find learning how to build windmills might be a hobby that could turn into a job in later life. Gosh, the idea of no more big screen LCD Tvs is saddening. It's hard to make a documentary through a book.

11 years ago

The video assumes the usual: "A surprising number of people are unaware..." This, from someone who is apparently surprisingly unaware that this isn't news. All of the wars since the beginning of time have been resource wars. Oil just made it bigger and uglier, that's all.

11 years ago

Most of your arguments are correct in all but one respect: the part where you say "the fundamental problem is..."

These are all just pieces of the puzzle. You've got to ask yourself: "why do they exist in the first place?". And the answer generally is: "because we've left ourselves no other option!".

Take money, for example... None of you VOTED to use money; and none of you can OPT-OUT of it. It literally is the life blood of industrial civilization. You CAN'T get rid of it without reorganizing both the physical AND MENTAL structure of the entire civilized world.

Same goes for population control. Until, by some weird twist of circumstances, humanity all of a sudden reverses it's underlying moral, and decides that death is GOOD and birth is BAD, there will ALWAYS be population growth wherever the situation allows for it. This compounded by the fact that for most of the world's poor, more children equals more income!

And now --to make matters worse-- certain factions of our society have come to the realization that somewhere along the line we f***ed-up! So, now we are overrun by activist movements, full of people determined to shut everything down; seemingly OBLIVIOUS to the repercussions of such a thing happening. Repercussions like social anarchy (which many are actually dumb enough to believe is a GOOD thing), brought on by the collapse of our 'just-in-time' supply chains. And then there's all that nuclear waste just lying around waiting to go into melt-down. And if that don't get ya, there's always global warming, resource depletion, environmental devastation, etc... All of which these same idiots believe can be addressed simply by banging a drum outside the New York Stock Exchange.

Yeah, we're pretty much screwed!

john kay
11 years ago

we are beyond the point of no return - face it
for every one person (like my self) whoi tries to conserve resources there are 100000 people that will continue wasting
I agree that the monetary system is the root of this evil also - that is the ONLY solution -- remove money which will remove greed and waste

Steven Cartwright
11 years ago

Whichever way you look at it, the fundamental problem is our population size. Every other resource and environmental problem mentioned is just a byproduct of overpopulation. Even if we could learn how to cheaply harness the power of nuclear fusion or discover some other infinitely renewable energy source, this success would only encourage a further population boom. The world simply isn't big enough to accomodate us all.

However, nature will intervene and sort this all out. It always does. In some ways it's a comforting thought. We have only ever been temporary stewards of this planet, and if our time is up, well we've certainly made our mark! Hopefully the next lot will be more considerate than we were.

11 years ago

After watching a video called:Thrive and then reading a book called: The Source Field Investigations... I found proof yet 'AGAIN' of how free energy is suppressed. I read that at a Zurich conference, Dr. Brian O'Leary revealed a wealth of info suggesting "free energy" devices have been invented, again and again, but are invariable suppressed by corporate power brokers.

"According to Dr. O'Leary, some researchers are bought off and their discoveries put on a shelf. Others are threatened into submission ,while others die under strange circumstances. Dr. Stefan Marinov-head of "the European free energy movement" --allegedly jumped to his death from the 10th story of the library building at the University of Graz in Austria! Marinov flew out the window 'backward and left no suicide note!"

Dr. Eugene Mallove,was bludgeoned to death outside his parents home less then 24 hr. before he was due to go live on the air to demonstrate his free energy breakthrough device!

We all know that Dr. Nikola Tesla work was "shut-down" as well. (sigh)

David Wilcock wrote: "Man's answer to everything has been POWER--Power of money, power of position, Power of wealth, Power of this, and that or the other."

I tell ya...I would hate to be in the shoes of anyone who has blocked free energy at the time of their death! These sub-humans who are full of pure greed.... WILL face their own personal Karma at the end. If reincarnation does exists then it wouldn't surprised me if they don't reincarnate back as a cockroach....or worse!

11 years ago

this movie makes you hate yourself and everybody else in the world. Very well made docu, makes you think about it.

Steve Savage
11 years ago

This video makes it clear why those who are the Controllers have deemed it necessary to "Prune the Tree of Life" to eliminate waste, the consumption of very limited resources by the "Dead Wood." This time, however, it will not be the "Roots" that will be pruned, but the "Sick and Dying Non-Productive Branches."

Steve Savage "King of the Beasts"

11 years ago

I will be brief: watch Albert Bartlett''s The Most Important Video You'll ever See, Youtube regarding the simple exponential function of growth, re population, economics etc etc.

I would say that we are doomed if, when or until we reject and devalue the monetary system that controls scarce resources instead of valuing resources that are abundant. The very nature of abundance means we are far less likely to use resources that are abundant. Put simply: embrace QUALITY and reject Quantity. I just don't see that happening because most people are like fish in a pond, and they fail to realize that there is a whole new world out of water.
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11 years ago

Check out 22:00
we currently use 40% of all photosynthesis on earth.
It might be possible to use 80%,
we are unlikely to use 160%.

First the obvious:
160% i think you mean 100%.

i sincerely doubt we use 40% of photosynthesis, I believe we use less.

it is misleading to use a diagram of the sun to represent the portion of photosynthesis we use, it gives the impression that we can only use 100% of photosynthesis which is untrue since energy stored via photosynthesis is not the same as the energy from the sun reaching earth, photosynthesis only stores a very small portion of the energy reaching earth.

11 years ago

So-called "Peak Oil "groups are usually "Covers" for what are known as Libertarian groups, a backward bunch of people usually with little regard for the environment. They glorify money as a concept. In the future, they think somehow they can institute some purer form of "Democracy", based on a gold-backed system.

The current crop of these price system flunkies, are making waves in Vermont right now. The essayist James Kunstler and Michael Ruppert, involved in the From The Wilderness Group, - a so-called non-profit group - are agitating for a break away state. In their mock-heroic way they present themselves as great revolutionaries, warning the public against fascist, socialist, authoritarian corporate rule. The reality of our situation is much different, and these people, and their groups are merely, mostly, unconscious pawns, with virtually no original ideas.

At this point in history with excess population and dwindling resources, there is one group that has addressed our most pressing problems, that group is Technocracy, which advocates the abolition of our current money based - commodity valuation system. Since 1933, we have advocated using energy, the amount of energy (BTUs, therms, kilowatts) as a measurement for doing business. Energy is a real thing, which can be used to measure our remaining resources, whereas "money" a throwback abstraction, to a class, or caste based system, insures our destruction, as it measures nothing real, only an abstract concept called debt, an excellent method to enslave and control actions of the populace and a guarantee, that the mass of people, leaders included, always make the wrong choices in critical matters, because all choices are based on an expanding economy, or feathering ones nest, with more money. So we're using something unreal to make our most important decisions.

One of our founders, M. King Hubbert, the famous geologist/scientist is often quoted by a current crop of know nothings, Matthew Simmons, James Kunstler, Noam Chomsky - all people reputed to have keen intellects, who know about "Peak Oil" without knowing much about who came up with the concept, and what else, this brilliant man talked about. It's a pity the current crop of "intellectuals'' can'i do a little research, their nightmare vision of the world under a corporate, one world fascist, socialist collapsed state, doesn't have to come about, if we change our way of doing business.

Now I'll tell you a little secret, Kunstler, Chomsky, Seymore Hearse, From the Wilderness Group, Amy Goodman, Bill Meyers all the darlings of the pseudo- intellectuals are doing what they're doing for money, so the last thing they really want is real change - or change is OK, as long as they maintain their cherished illusions
- that is maintain they're bank accounts - and the status and prestige that goes along with being honored in a misinformed brain washed society. So in their own way, these people are merely mouthpieces for the powers that be. They don't get at the core problem that being our Price System which makes our caste, or class system, and ensures our decisions are based on money - something that doesn't truly measure anything real.