Climate Change – Thanks to rampant use of fossil fuels, the temperature of the planet is slowly increasing. This has already led to a multitude of problems such as flooding, drought, and disease. According to a series of experts, these dire consequences are expected to intensify throughout the 21st century.
Energy – Our dependence on coal, natural gas, and petroleum has led to global warming, but it’s also started a desperate race to gather as much natural resources as possible. This rate of consumption cannot be sustained, which should force nations to either adopt alternative energy sources or suffer the consequences.
Food – Countries such as the United States waste a significant amount of food, while other nations can’t generate enough to adequately feed their citizens. As global warming causes additional droughts and a steady increase in the sea level, the challenge of feeding the world’s population is going to become even more difficult.
Economic Instability – The U.S. mortgage crisis of the 21st century is a good example of the economic dangers facing many nations. Companies adopt predatory practices in the quest to make even more money, and middle and lower-class citizens end up suffering for it. As resources begin to dwindle over time, this type of unchecked greed threatens to collapse economies and leave nations bankrupt.
Terrorism & Foreign Policy – There’s a long tradition of governments around the globe funding terrorist organizations in order to destabilize certain regions. When enough damage has been done, the same governments can then offer aid and reap the benefits of friendship in the form of the almighty dollar. Dealing with such extremists has its own perils, however, as the United States found out during the tragic events of 9/11 (which followed a long-term relationship between the U.S. intelligence community and al-Qaeda).
The Crisis of Civilization does an excellent job of pointing out the greatest dangers facing current and future generations. Based on the book by Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, the documentary benefits from having the author as host, writer, and co-producer. While the runtime of 1 hour and 22 minutes may not allow solutions to be discussed in as much detail as some viewers would like, the film remains a solid primer for anyone interested in helping the planet.