General · 26th March 2011
Powerful: Energy for Everyone
Flick the switch, turn the key, press the button and then pay the bill. Multiply that by six billion and you’ve got a picture of energy consumption on Earth today. We’re hard-wired to a conventional energy system that drives our transportation, powers our communications and is the lifeline to industry and commerce. Despite the benefits, we know that this system is regrettably depleting our resources, polluting our air and affecting global climate change. Guaranteed access to energy is no longer being taken for granted and the quest for “energy security” has become the buzzword behind global trade relations and even a justification for conflict.
Who has the power after all?
Short of moving “back to the land” and going entirely “off grid”, what’s an ordinary member of society to do?
Green economy educator David Chernushenko isn’t quite ready to head for the hills, but he has taken the extra special step of installing solar panels to offset some of the energy consumed by his family home. Now, if he could just be allowed to feed some of that energy back into the grid, perhaps others could do the same. But we’re not there yet and David wants to know what we can do about it. From the far side of the ocean to his own backyard, he’ll embark on a global journey to examine the alternatives to the conventional energy system and experience the critical resistance being met along the way. Tackling the spin of the big energy lobby and, equally, dispelling the myths of a “green utopia” envisioned by many, Powerful is a candid examination of what a sustainable future may actually look like. From amazing innovators, eccentric eco-activists to average communities completely powered by renewable energy, David will begin to discover that the implications for political, economic and democratic change are right here, on our very doorsteps… or just above them.
Come to the Sierra Quadra presentation on Saturday, March 26th. QICC doors open at 7 pm, and the film starts at 7:30 pm. Refreshments available.