Matt Damon has a new movie coming out in December called Downsizing all about shrinkage.
The film is set in the near-future in which environmentally-conscious scientists have developed a process to permanently shrink humans to just five inches in height thus reducing mankind’s carbon footprint and making us richer as well!
I imagine it will be played for laughs despite the annoying save-the-planet narrative.
Goofy sci-fi flicks aside, at least one academic at New York University pursued the idea of shrinking the human race. Professor Matthew Liao proposed that humans should be genetically engineered to be 15 centimetres shorter to help fight climate change.
Making people shorter and eliminating about one-quarter of our body mass, would reduce our demand for food, water and other resources, then, once we’ve all been downsized, we’d be given injections to make us allergic to meat.
I haven’t seen Downsizing yet, so I don’t know if the movie is going to address the downside of downsizing.
But, if reducing my carbon footprint means surrendering my rightful place at the top of the food chain, becoming a vegan and getting rid of my car, forget it.
I’m remaining a six-foot carnivore with the pedal to the metal.