Sunday, September 20, 2015

Forecast #3: Avoiding the Mad Max Future

A.) Articles 
Learning from Australia's Drought to a Mad Max Future
"I Have Seen the Future, and it Looks Like Mad Max"
Interesting Stuff About Bottled Water

B.) Since seeing the new Mad Max, Furry Road in theaters I cannot help but feel as though it resinated with me on more than one level. Set sometime (not specified) in the future humans live in extreme conditions. Water is controlled by one dictator, only allowing a certain amount to be released when he feels it is appropriate. The earth has turned to mud, humans have raided mother earth of all of her goods. Seeds and plants are harvested in one area of the world. Women are treated as property; depending on your genetics you may be chosen to become a breeder, creating the dictators vast servant base known as the "war boys". 

This world functions on gasoline, oil and bullets, but instead of going down to store to get these commodities they must travel across the scorched earth to the bullet farm or gasoline town. 

The most powerful scene (or the one that suck out most to me) is featured above. "Do not my friends, become addicted to water." Which brings me to my bottled water link. Our water is limited. We know this. The EPI claims that making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel over 100,000 U.S. cars for a year. 96% of bottled water is sold in single-size polyethylene terephthalate plastic bottles, which end up in city trash cans rather than recycling bins. I believe that this will be our downfall. Too many people don't care about the future. They only care about what will effect their lives. 

C.) Bullet Answers:

1.) Global impact: Globally a war could potentially break out. We could have an extreme hostile survival saturation on our hands if we don't change our ways.

National: I have a feeling that America could be a huge target in the foot race for water because of the superior lakes. 

Local/personal: Complete survival mode, I feel as though Minnesotans would be well equipped to survive multiple environments, because of our exposure to multiple seasons. 

2.) Greatest Positive Impact:  Humans become obnoxiously aware of water usage, plastic products regulated, and minimized. Only organic or compostable items manufactured. If something uses X-amount of energy, oil, or water it should be banned from the industry. 

Greatest Negative Impact: We change nothing and continue what we are doing. We have a future as shown in Mad Max, to survive you must kill, laws and government are gone, anything goes: each man for himself. 

4.) Nature/Bio Tech.

5.) Questions:

How well do you think you would survive in a Mad Max world?
How many water bottles do you use in a week? A year? How can you change that?
What is your plan to reduce your global footprint?


  1. Well this is a good one, and I appreciate reading your posts every week.

    I think you posed some really amazing questions, especially in regards to global footprints and taking a moment to realize how many plastic bottles one uses per day, per week, and how that translates to usage yearly and long term.

    I wholeheartedly agree that there is an immense amount of waste generated by the use of plastic. Inevitability, I don't see any reduction in its production. But maybe each individual needs to really assess their own usage, and become even more proactive about HOW they recycle, and HOW and what happens to the things we DO recycle. It's a hard truth when you come to a realization that only a very small percentage of what we actually recycle is recycled.

    The more proactive I've become over the years to reduce, reuse, and recycle I've learned a few things. Only a small percentage, say like 2% (roughly), is actually recycled. Once the city picks up recycling, its the contents do not meet the requirements, they end up trashing it anyways. For instance, if you don't rinse the container out, if their is food still in it, or mold, any reason, it's trashed and dumped - not recycled.

    I think there definitely needs to be some reform or new policys made in effect to be able to recycle more once things make it to the dumps, recycling places, so that our efforts to contribute when we do and elevated one step further.


  2. I love your movie themed posts! Interesting connection between the movie and the issue!


Just keeping things on the up and up since this is for my students to communicate first.