The Future of Energy journeys across America to shine a light on
the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean
energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil
fuels to renewable power.
Solar, wind and water could power the
planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially
reducing carbon emissions. What's needed is the social and political
willpower to make the change on a large scale.
Two model towns are highlighted for their exemplary steps towards clean energy: Greensburg, Kansas, and Lancaster, California.
a devastating tornado in 2007, the town of Greensburg decided to
rebuild and “go green” with 100% renewables, harnessing the very energy
that destroyed them by building wind turbines. A local politician admits
that many residents were skeptical at first, but soon realized "It’s
The city of Lancaster set a goal to become the
nation’s first “net zero” community, and now runs on solar power with
panels installed on practically every rooftop available and even new
structures. The mayor notes the economics of renewables are a
"no-brainer" as they’ve offset many energy costs.
The film also
highlights the broader citizen movements for clean energy, showcasing
especially how the youth of today are helping to lead the change.
The Future of Energy
illustrates that renewable power on a large scale is not just a dream,
but rather a viable option already being implemented by many
communities, cities and businesses. The examples and solutions
highlighted are designed to inspire others to consider adopting clean,
renewable power as a smart choice with substantial economic, public
health and environmental benefits.
FEATURED IN THE FILM
-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 Environmental 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
- Danny Kennedy on "The Rooftop Revolution"
- Jeremy Rifkin on "The Evolution of Consciousness"
- Joanna Macy on "Tears of the Earth"
Reviews & Awards“Makes an excellent argument for 100 percent renewable energy. The environmental harm from fossil fuels and the economic distress caused by fluctuating prices for energy are contrasted with the safer, cheaper alternatives offered by wind, water, and solar power. There is much material for class discussions here. Will be useful in environmental science and social studies classes as well as for those interested in energy issues.”
– School Library Journal
"Recommended. The Future of Energy provides an overview of efforts by several communities or organizations to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources...Community groups interested in promoting renewable energy will find this program a useful tool, and some classrooms might wisth to use the DVD as a discussion starter."
-Science Books and Films
“The Future of Energy
is really about the clean energy revolution happening right now… By the
final credits, you’ll know both how and why renewable energy is the
cleanest, quickest, cheapest, and safest way to supply all of our energy
-Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
“100% renewable energy is not a dream. The technology is there. The
money is there. We only need the belief and the political will to create
this inspiring reality. That’s why The Future of Energy is such an
-Jurriaan Kamp,The Intelligent Optimist
“A powerful documentary that captures the movement across the United
States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people are
doing to help foster that shift. It’s a positive film about the
renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless
individuals and communities that are reimagining their relationship with
the planet and with each other.”
-John Christensen, MeaningfulMovies
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NYC Peace Film Festival
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Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
Transitions Film Festival, Australia