A documentary film about technological solutions to reduce climate change by Peter Byck, featuring EETD Distinguished Scientist Art Rosenfeld, opens in San Francisco on March 11. The movie "Carbon Nation," bills itself as the "climate change solutions movie that doesn't even care if you believe in climate change."
Early in the film's production, filmmaker Peter Byck visited with scientists and other staff at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to learn about Berkeley Lab's research and development of energy-efficient, clean technology solutions. The final cut of the film includes a segment of Rosenfeld (pictured), who is also a former California Energy Commissioner, talking about countering climate change with cool roof technology.
The film also opens in New York on February 11 and Los Angeles on February 18. Carbon Nation will continue to play in theatres across the country in coming months.
I've excerpted the following from the film's publicity materials:
"The film features a cast of engaging and endearing characters from across the country, in towns big and small, and introduces us to a new wave of American ingenuity. One-armed Texas cotton farmer Cliff Etheridge is banding together the land of his neighbors to create one enormous wind farm. Meanwhile, Colonel Dan Nolan (ret), an outspoken "Green Hawk" is working to make bases the Pentagon more energy efficient, not only saving fuel, but American lives. Former CIA Director James Woolsey, who believes that the nation's addiction to oil is the biggest threat to our national security, is one of the most vocal proponents for the plug-in hybrid car. And, finally, green jobs innovator Van Jones, is bringing clean technology and jobs to inner cities...
"Carbon Nation makes it clear that entrepreneurs, visionaries, scientists, and the everyday man are already creating the inventive ideas needed to combat climate change. By bringing their innovations to light, Carbon Nation is a film that celebrates solutions and inspires action...
"Narrated by Bill Kurtis, the cast includes: Richard Branson (CEO, Virgin Group), Thomas L. Friedman (The New York Times), Former CIA Director James Woolsey, Van Jones (Founder, Green For All), Col. Dan Nolan, U.S. Army (Ret), Bernie Karl (Geothermal pioneer from Alaska), Denis Hayes (Founder of Earth Day), Cliff Etheredge (West Texas wind pioneer), and more climate change pioneers."