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Resource: DVD (DV1583) Future of Energy, The: Lateral Power to the People     
Publisher: Video Project, 2017
Vendor: Video Project
Length: 65 mins
Subjects: Climate Change; Creation Care; Energy; Environment; Social Concerns
# Copies: 1
 Description: In the opening moments of the inspiring documentary, we're provided a guided tour through Greensburg, Kansas, a seemingly typical Midwestern town with a population of just under a thousand. In 2007, a fierce tornado struck the town and annihilated the vast majority of its buildings and infrastructure. Undaunt-ed, the community decided to rebuild by harnessing the same power that was once the cause of its destruction: wind. Today, Greensburg is entirely operated on 100% renewable wind energy. Their shining example sets the stage for the remainder of the film, which urges the necessity for similar self-sustaining pro-gressive actions in every city across the globe. This community shows that we have everything that we need to institute change.

There are few issues more pressing in our modern society than that of energy. Currently, the majority of the world's energy is produced through the burning of fossil fuels, a process which has proven detrimental to the health and safety of our planet and all of its inhabitants. In addition to the ramifications related to climate change, our unsustainable energy habits place great burdens on the world's economies, contributing to the financial instability of families through-out the world.

The answer, according to the myriad of experts represented in the film, is the powerful clean energy trio of wind, water and solar. According to researchers, renewable energies could power the entire globe by the year 2050. A third in-dustrial revolution is needed. The technologies are right at our fingertips. All we seem to lack is the social and political willpower to make widespread re-newable energies our reality.

Energy independence is only possible when communities break away from a system which continues to rely on outdated and pollution-inducing technolo-gies. The Future of Energy take us on a journey to discover how this has been made possible in regions throughout the United States, as we see citizens join together to outfit their homes and businesses with solar panels and a multitude of additional clean energy conductors. With infectious enthusiasm, the film shines a spotlight on the many everyday figures that stand at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, and shows us that the capacity for positive change in the world begins with the individual.

Energy specialists and ecological visionaries featured in the film include:

• Mark Z. Jacobson, Prof of Atmospheric Sciences, Stanford
• Danny Kennedy, co-founder, Sungevity
• Joanna Macy, author and eco-philosopher
• Bill McKibben, author, Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmen-tal Studies, Middlebury College
• Diane Moss, Founder, Renewables 100 Policy Institute
• Julian Mocine-Mcquine, Education and Outreach Director, Green For All
• Rex Parris, Mayor, Lancaster, CA
• Jeremy Rifkin, author, Third Industrial Revolution
• Pandora Thomas, co-founder of Earthseed Consulting LLC

Special features on the disc include:

• Danny Kennedy on The Rooftop Revolution
• Jeremy Rifkin on The Evolution of Consciousness
• Joanna Macy on Tears of the Earth
Age Groups: Junior High; Senior High; Young Adult; Adult


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