Energy and industry are terms that are synonymous with the word “progress,” but dirty energy that contributes to climate change has increasingly become a target for proactive discussion and alternatives. Dirty air, pollution, greenhouse gasses and the effects of global warming on our environment are no longer acceptable in today’s society, although the majority of the world’s energy is still produced by fossil fuels. With The Future of Energy, we can see that there is much work to do to create new goals for renewable energy sources.
The award-winning documentary film, The Future of Energy, features the environmental work of activists, authors, educators and businesses who are leading the nation with their spirited efforts toward the goal of 100 percent renewable energy in the communities of Lancaster, California and Greensburg, Kansas. According to the researchers who are interviewed in the film, these types of renewable energies have the potential to provide power to the entire earth by the year 2050.
The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People was directed by Brett Mazurek and produced by Maximilian DeArmon and Missy Lahren. This powerful team of filmmakers brings all their passion to this empowering film of hope. Theo Badashi serves as host and writer, and this team creates an engaging film that educates while also providing humor and inspiration for audiences everywhere. The goal of the film is to give people hope, and it is encouraging viewers across the nation to take positive action of their own.
The film focuses on everyday people who are taking on the responsibility to change the way their communities utilize energy. Working with environmental organizations such as 350.org, Green for All, and Go100%, these community efforts have influenced the work of activists and renewable energy advocates to spread the power of community activism. Currently, renewable energy makes up for about 13 percent of the energy produced in the United States, according to Ohio Gas, and this number is surely going to increase with big enough efforts from all over the world.
Lancaster, California, is showcased in the film for its innovative goal to become the “solar capital of the world” by producing more solar power than the city’s residents utilize. The city has won national and international awards for their industry-defining efforts. Similarly, the small Midwestern town of Greensburg, Kansas, is celebrated for its successful transition to renewable wind energy following the town’s heartbreaking destruction due to a 2007 tornado. They harnessed the power of this damaging event and turned it into their new source of energy. The mayors of both progressive cities are featured in the movie with interviews and examples of their community’s challenges and triumphs.
The film showcases these success stories by encouraging similar actions in other communities across the globe. The power of the wind, water and the sun are all encouraged for a transition to 100-percent sustainable and renewable energy sources. Social change can lead to energy independence and break the reliance on outdated, pollution-causing sources of power. Community action begins with individuals pursuing a passion, and many of those individuals are interviewed in the film to inspire others to do the same.
The Future of Energy leaves the viewer with a feeling of hope and inspiration. With individuals, communities and leaders of both local governments and environmental organizations working together, huge accomplishments and goals are within reach and can result in life-altering achievements.
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