One of the more indelible images etched on my mind from that movie is the stark landscape of the tar sands of Alberta, Canada. After exposing this terribly huge expanse of ugliness, the scene shifts to that of workers drinking, partying and bragging about how much money they make. This reveals that such planet- altering industries are highly profitable, but at what cost to the Earth and both its human and non-human inhabitants?
The film is a call for all of us to get out of our comfort zones, to wake up to the realities of what is happening to the Earth that sustains all life, and to make a decision to have our voices be heard, despite the fact that such action may seem too inconvenient or risky. One certainty that Naomi Klein has left with me: the risk of maintaining the status quo is way too high.