Energy

Transport, food production, resource extraction, clothing and technology - it all needs energy. Energy is one of the most central questions on the path to a sustainable planet.

Over 90 percent of energy used today still originates from coal, gas, oil and nuclear energy. These conventional energy sources is not able to satisfy the world population’s energy demand, without seriously threatening the planetary ecosystem. The production and consumption of these energy sources do not only increase the greenhouse gas emissions and fuel global warming, but also lead to the destruction of massive natural landscapes, corruption, armed conflicts and radioactive contamination.

There are already numerous alternatives at hand and currently we are faced with the decision to radically revolutionize the means with which we power our societies. Wind, solar, biomass and water energy will lead to a more decentralized energy system, more energy democracy, better life quality and a more sustainable relationship to our most habitat.

When it comes to managing a sustainable relationship to energy, we need changes to happen from the grassroots to a global scale. It's one of the greatest challenges of the century!

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"The additional costs for renewable energies of today are the avoided environmental damages of and the lower energy cost of tomorrow.

We stand before the biggest economic structural change since the beginning of the industrial age." - Hermann Scheer 2004

Our Film Tips on "Energy"

Cover Into Eternity

Into Eternity

Like something out of science-fiction, Into Eternity shows what excessive demand of nuclear technology requires of humanity : the challenge to keep radioactive material far from all living things and safe from any geological processes for more than 100,000 years.
Cover A Road Not Taken

A Road Not Taken

Two artists follow the path to the solar cells, which have been installed on the White House in the 70’s. A creative and surprising introspection of what has been missed out on.
Cover The 4th revolution

The 4th revolution

A classic on the subject of energy transition. This film recounts Hermann Scheer's legacy. He was one of Europe's most remarkable solar pioneers. Extremely interesting, powerful pictures and sound portray the worldwide democratization of energy.
Cover Gasland

Gasland

In May 2008, filmmaker and director Josh Fox, was offered $ 100.000 to consent to the drilling of gas wells in his backyard... This resulted in a shaky, globally-impacting, Oscar-nominated film about the horrendous repercussions of fracking.
Cover Gasland II

Gasland II

After a series of hostile rebuttals from the fracking industry, including anti-Gasland films, Josh Fox released the second part of his film. This part shows the corrupt ties between politicians, government agencies and the global geopolitical strategy behind fracking.
Cover A Crude Awakening

A Crude Awakening

A classic on the subject of peak oil, which tests the resistance of all central life domains against the depletion of the oil reserves. Not for the faint hearted!
Cover Power to Change

Power to Change

Power to Change shows the inspirational stories of energy rebels in every social strata. The energy transition from the bottom up, the fight for electricity and the biggest interrelations on the global stage. This is the second film from the director of The 4th Revolution.
Cover The Power of Community

The Power of Community

This movie presents how Cuba managed to reduce its CO2 emissions by half and how most of Havana’s vegetables grow inside the city limits.

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Editorial Responsibility on "Energy"

Jessica Näf is editorially responsible for the energy section on this page. She is a student in Anthropology, minors in environmental science and watches environmental documentaries passionately.

Personally I am fascinated by this subject, because it has such a far reaching influence on sustainability and on our relationship with our environment. I believe it is one of the greatest challenges of our time. If you know relevant movies or clips which aren`t on this page, or if you have questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact jessica.naef@filmefuerdieerde.org