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For me this is a good reminder, because I was aware of most of the issues the film discusses, but it still gets to me. How can there be individuals out there that would want this? Just for power and money? How can they not see that we are all one and this will affect them too in the long run. Short term profit cannot be that blinding, can it?
I wanted to quote the end of the film because there is hope and like mentioned, we're not powerless. We just have to be very responsible, take some of the blame, and don't be lazy about it. By choosing what we buy we can control all of this. Every time we purchase something it's a vote being cast. Get to know the companies that you buy from. What type of business do they have? Do they hurt people, animals, or the Earth in the process? If so, it's as easy as not buying from them. Don't like pesticides, than support organic farmers. Plastics making you emo, try cutting out as much as you can. Is your shampoo cruelty free? Do research to find out or make homemade products that are even more awesome. What about coal obtained from flattening the Appalachian Mountains to power one's home? Wind and solar energy are cleaner and more cost efficient alternatives. The list goes on and on. Consumerism as a whole is destroying us and world. Even something as simple as passing an item onto a friend, going to the library, carpooling to work, or buying used goods at a thrift store can help out so much.
"However, the unlikely and ironic outcome of consumerism is that it makes you, the consumer, all powerful. The way we use money has more influence in our society than anything else. And the way we choose to spend our money can change everything. No company will continue a practice or product that you, the consumer, will not buy. It's vitally important that you understand this, because this gives you ultimate power to change the world you live in." - Ethos
Cheers and happy movie watching.