The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy

The 4th Revolution - Energy Autonomy

The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy

               Genre: Documentary
               Renewable energy, solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, biogas

A pleasing truth

  Only heat with solar, wind or biogas and drive? And the world within 30 years? A beautiful dream or realistic perspective? The makers of this documentary dedicated to keep the transition possible. In the tradition of An Inconvenient Truth, and similarly committed as Plastic Planet wants director Carl-A. Fechner more than just educate. He wants to inspire to action.

The nice thing about this film: He makes the actually existing alternatives visible. The team visited initiatives throughout the world that have something put on the legs. Here you can look at how much space as needed, and a solar-wind turbine which supplies 100,000 people with electricity. There are 200 hectares, as much as one would manage a large farm. But what does that mean exactly? The camera flies over, and shows how it fits the glittering surface of the landscape. And in what relation it bears to the city, which it supplies. As the viewer a sense “proof learns” This is doable. And suddenly you can imagine that it could supply a million metropolis like Los Angeles, according to this principle. The desert is so close at hand.

The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy is based on the book by the Bundestag and winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, Hermann Scheer. It dates from 2005 and is titled “Energy Autonomy”. According to Scheer, who is also one of the main actors of the film, is the human race from a fourth revolution, comparable to the industrial, agricultural and digital revolution. This transition means that all energy comes only from sources that are free and that expenditure is incurred only by the technology to harness solar rays, wind or hydropower. The SPD politician, who was environment minister of Hesse in 2008 as the conversation leaves no doubt that such a decentralized energy supply will have enormous economic consequences for the large energy companies would have. In his view, these companies do everything to prevent it, the fourth revolution.

You do not have to share Scheer’s enemy, to marvel at the projects that are already reality. For example, about the “Nordic Folk Center in the northwest of Denmark, around 50,000 people were provided with electricity exclusively from wind and other renewable energies. Here we learn of the founder Preben Maegaard as the storage problem was solved when the solar heating. There are huge insulated tank that takes hold 80 degrees of hot water and stock to compensate for fluctuations in solar energy.

The movie viewers with a whole series of practical examples. They drive the fourth revolution of many different sites, with greater or lesser effort, in Europe, Africa, the United States or China. Whether an apartment block in the Hessian Pfungstadt, an electric sports car in California or the solar panel on the roof of a maternity clinic in Mali – is visible everywhere, which can provide renewable energy.

Is a concentrated amount of information that the director Carl – a. Fechner has collected here. He makes it through intuitively imaginative camera angles and emotion into it with a background soundtrack, which provides a counterbalance to the heaviness of the subject. Perhaps it would have been better cinematic point of view to omit one or the other narrative strand. But the director was obviously keen to transport as much information as possible. Because this is clearly a film that would also contribute about the cinema. In 100 cities the show will be involved in an event that is designed by local initiatives. And exactly how it looks depends on the ideas and needs of the activists on the ground. Which local event teams have already formed, one can look at under www.energyautonomy.org.

(Peter Gutting)

Title: The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2009 of material: Dolphin Film Distribution

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