Sustainability According to the Haves and the Have-Nots

Last night I finally watched the movie Elysium by South African director Neill Blomkamp. Besides falling back on typical meaningless violence and starting plot lines that were never fully explored, the sci-fi movie had a great premise. It posed a world where the “have nots” , mostly composed of hispanics and black people, lived in the detritus of blighted urban landscapes wracked by air pollution, poverty and little access to medical care and the “haves” lived on a space station that was mostly made up of resorts and golf courses and every home was equipped by a miraculous healing machine that could fix any health problem. The space station, called Elysium, was inhabited by wealthy and privileged white people. The movie touched on themes that are extremely relevant today such as environmental justice, exclusion, and relegating basic human rights such as clean air, access t...

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