2012 the movie is what you'd expect of Hollywood: Sickeningly bland American characters, an abysmal script, a healthy dose of cheese and some million dollar special effects. Overall a pretty poor excuse for quality entertainment, apart from a blinding performance from Woody Harleson as the crazed pirate radio DJ and end-of-the-world blog author and whistle-blower. His hammy, drug-influenced rantings and cartoon animation explain the basic theory of the 2012 plot: Extraordinarily large solar flares shower the world in solar radiation, reacting with Earth's liquid core, causing it to heat up to the point that the Earth's crust starts waltzing about, leading to the destruction of life as we know it...
The Mayan's 'knew it was coming', because they'd worked out the planets were all going to line up and that 'something' was going to happen... Why else would they have designed a calendar which ends in 2012?
This book re-writes the script. Studying a degree in Product Design at Central St Martin's completely convinced me that designers are all moral-less, capitalists twits and this book actually made me reconsider that view!
The basic premise is this: We can design ANYTHING we need to be COMPLETELY sustainable.
Now that just about re-writes the design brief of everything that has ever been made and implies if it isn't 100% sustainable it has failed the fundamental design challenge.
Einstein taught us: The most important human endeavour is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.
So why on Earth are OUR government, the servants of the people of the UK, considering dumping radioactive waste in landfills?