Planet of the Humans
Planet of the Humans is a 2019 American environmental documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jeff Gibbs. It is backed and promoted by Michael Moore, who served as the executive producer. Moore released it on YouTube for free viewing on April 21, 2020, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.
A conclusion of the film is that green energy cannot solve the problem of society’s expanding resource depletion without less consumption, which is by definition unsustainable given that the Earth is finite. The film argues that renewable energy sources, including biomass energy, wind power, and solar energy, are not as renewable as they are portrayed to be. The film has generated controversy and been criticized as partially outdated and misleading.
The film was temporarily taken down from YouTube on 25 May 2020 in response to a claim of copyright infringement. The takedown was challenged and, twelve days later, YouTube removed the restriction, allowing the film to be viewed again on Moore’s channel. The filmmaker argued that the fragment was used under fair use and that free speech was subverted.