The Great Squeeze

Tiroir A Films

The Great Squeeze, Surviving the human project

Our dependence on cheap and abundant fossil fuels has been feeding the engine of our economic system for the past 200 years. Although fossil fuels have lifted modern civilizations to new heights, prosperity has come at a tremendous price. 
By going back in time The Great Squeeze takes us on a journey through history when past civilizations made the same mistake of growing too fast, depleting their natural resources and ultimately collapsing. 
Instead of the usual band-aid approaches, The Great Squeeze challenges us to learn from history and transition towards a more sustainable to bring back the human economy within the limit of the biosphere and the caring capacity our the planet. 
Released in March 2009, The Great Squeeze was selected at 14 film festivals around the world and won two awards for best documentary. It features the environmental heavy weights Richard Heinberg, Edward O. Wilson, Lester Brown, Alexandra Cousteau, Jim White, Howard Kunstler and more.
Language: English with optional English, French and Spanish subtitles
Length: 67 min + a bonus documentary that traces the rebirth and transformation of Greensburg, Kansas. On May 4th, 2007, 95% of the town of Greensburg Kansas was destroyed by an EF5 tornado. In the aftermath, conservative farmers and ranchers joined with environmentalists to rebuild Greensburg as a model green community. In choosing to rebuild its community with sustainable design and a reliance on renewable energy, this conservative town made a 180-degree turn and overnight became an example of a transition town.