Garbage Warrior (2007)

Garbage Warrior (film)Credit is largely due to IMDB for the following summary.

Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick US architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing.

Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away.

Thirty years ago, architect Michael Reynolds imagined just such a home – then set out to build it. A visionary in the classic American mode, Reynolds has been fighting ever since to bring his concept to the public. He believes that in an age of ecological instability and impending natural disaster, his buildings can – and will – change the way we live.

A snapshot of contemporary geo-politics and an inspirational tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world.

See it for free on YouTube

The documentary is available, in full and for free on YouTube. At first glance it doesn’t appear to be the most riveting topic, but I highly recommend it – as a tale of one individual’s incredible tenacity in the face of sustained opposition, as a telling indictment of how elected politicians first and foremost serve their own career, and as a demonstration of how we can all free ourselves from the constraints of the system.

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