Carbon Nation presents solutions for those who don't believe in climate change
April 27th, 2011 12:09 pm MT
Salt Lake City Community Activism Examiner
Carbon Nation, shown at a free screening by the SLC Film Center, is a film that bills itself as “a climate change solutions movie [that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change].”
This positive and uplifting film focuses on the solutions to climate change and how those changes can actually help us become better economically. Green for All, an organization founded by Van Jones, provides jobs installing solar panels in Richmond, California for those who are at an economic disadvantage. Roscoe, Texas is another alternative power success story. When wind power came to the town, it helped the family farms become more stable economically and brought jobs for their young people.
The movie points out that the Department of Defense believes that global warming is a threat to national security. It also shows some of the steps that the DoD is taking to limit its own impact on the climate.
A father/son theme pulls the viewer through the movie and helps to personalize the situation. Even if the movie goer is unconcerned with climate change, the film shows that going green can have a positive impact on the economy.
By focusing on solutions, Carbon Nation allows us to open a dialogue about how we can be a better nation. The film ends with a list of solutions including going meatless one day a week and practicing eco-tourism. It also offers this quote from Edmund Burke – “No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
If you are looking to feel empowered and uplifted, Carbon Nation won’t let you down.