all you need to know about super-rich

This BBC documentary The Super-rich and Us (demonstrated in early January 2015) is probably the best film so far to shed some light on the ill-famous ‘1%’ and their lives. That 1% who caused global financial crisis in 2008 and who are living better than ever. UK has the highest number of millionaires per capita, yet it is also one of the most unequal developed countries, therefore this film asks – how come?

This film is about the myth of trickle-down effect, pro-rich tax regime (UK as the most important tax haven in the world and opportunities for innovative tax avoidance), corruption (HMRC helping companies to avoid or reduce tax), inequality, Thatcher’s ideological heritage, justice, and last but not least – democracy.

Watch it.

 

Climate change is happening now

Thousands of people in about 150 countries today participated in the People’s Climate march calling all the world leaders for action on climate change. This short film supported by celebrity Leonardo diCaprio sums up the argument what is happening, why and what we must do.

Whilst I acknowledge the role of politicians and global institutions in making things worse, we should also recognize and admit that our individual choices on every day bases are equally important. What we consume, what businesses we support through our purchases, how nature-friendly lifestyle we choose to live – this all matters.

Enoughness

This is probably the shortest and most concise film on the current economic challenges people around the world are facing. It addresses western vs indigenous cultures, individualism vs community and interconnectedness, scarcity vs abundance of nature’s resources, accumulation and centralization of resources vs redistribution, sharing, decentralization of production.

Concept of ‘enoughness’ makes us depart from quantitative to qualitative approach on economic activity and suggests us to see ourselves as individuals, communities, countries not as individual units but as interconnected elements in space and time.

you are what you eat

Globalization, modernization, commercialization, urbanization has massively influenced the way we eat and therefore also the way we live. Particularly in the Western world people have literally ran away from nature and and have lost the knowledge of growing their own food. Moreover, by giving away this responsibility to produce the food we consume, we have also given away control over our health, well-being and quality of life.

Even if we dont have really a chance to own a garden and go organic, through the choices we make when buying food we can change the quality and length of our lives. Food we eat is directly linked to number of times we would search doctor’s assistance. And, even if our immune system does go on strike, your choice of medicine (a pill or right nutrition) will also affect chances of recovery in short and long-term.

This movie, which you can watch until December 10 for free, is a brilliant eye-opener with respect to what we eat, how it affects our bodies and lives, how the health and food industry manipulates with our choices we make every day every hour.

http://www.foodmatters.tv/free

 

Latvia’s pulp fiction or austerity in Latvian style

This short film by Al Jazeera was made back in 2011, but is still relevant today thinking about economic crisis in Latvia, austerity, sustainable recovery and development in long term.

This film demonstrates a typical case of misuse/ overuse of natural resources in desperation for foreign currency and keeping economy going. But everyone with common sense will agree that the long term impact can be disastrous. Forest harvesting may keep economy going, keep the GDP up, keep the export increasing, but at what cost and for how long. And then what…???