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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 64 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

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.

After 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 common sense.”

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.
“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
Scene Selection  •  Closed Captioned


Official Selection:
Impact Film Festival
NYC Peace Film Festival 
Eco Festival 
Dances with Films 
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
Transitions Film Festival, Australia 

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