Michael Moore is teasing his controversial new documentary about the environment.
During an appearance on MSNBC Sunday, the filmmaker, 66, shared how the coronavirus pandemic is related to the themes of “Planet of the Humans,” which examines climate change and the green energy movement.
“We are in dangerous, dangerous shape here, and this pandemic should act as a warning from Mother Nature that … our behavior is not appreciated,” he said. “And the fact that we have treated the species on this planet – species that often times give us these viruses. It’s a failure of us – all of us who call ourselves environmentalists.”
Moore, who acts as executive producer, said he and his team, including the film’s director, Jeff Gibbs, has spent almost a decade researching and documenting the topic.
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“The planet is in worse shape, and we have to do something different. We have to get off the road we’ve been on,” Moore continued. We need a new environmental movement, we need young people to essentially take over. It’s their future.”
The film, which debuted on YouTube on April 21, has already garnered over 2.9 million views as of Monday.
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Gibbs joined Moore for the interview and echoed his thoughts on needing young people’s help.
“I think young people are really asking these questions, and I think many young people realize that growth itself – perpetual economic growth on a finite planet is essentially suicide, and that we have to find a different model for how we measure growth, happiness and prosperity.”
Moore also claimed that corporations and parts of Wall Street have been trying to “take over the green energy movement because they see profit in it.”
“They try to buy off certain people and organizations within the movement,” he said.
The film has been met with controversy, however.
Director and activist Josh Fox, climate scientist Michael Mann and others signed a petition Friday asking Films for Action, one of the film’s distributors, to take down “Planet of the Humans” due to “errors, falsehoods and misinformation.”
“I have watched @MMFlint (Michael Moore) PUNCH UP at authority and hypocrisy with glee for his whole career. He has deeply inspired me and taught me,” Fox said in a Twitter thread. “But now he’s the Goliath in the room, PUNCHING DOWN at us.”
He continued, “A multi-millionaire many many many times over, @mmflint is now attacking environmental heroes like @billmckibben, @VanJones68 and even local organizers like the great Nathan Sooy of PA. I cannot sit by and watch that happen. This is not fun, this is terrible.”
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