CARBON NATION - A New Documentary On Climate ChangeAugust 10, 2011
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: CARBON NATION (Gravitas Ventures).
CARBON NATION - A New Documentary On Climate Change
By Scott Zaretsky
I have to admit, I’m a little “documentary filmed–out” these days. The thought of sitting thru and screening a “climate change” film after a day at the “office” wasn’t quite the movie-mojo I had signed up for. That said, I found Award-winning director Peter Byck’s CARBON NATION to be the best film on climate change I have ever seen.
You might laugh aloud thinking … well if you’ve “seen one, you seen ‘em all” … and I saw AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH --- while eye-opening, it wasn’t exactly exciting. CARBON NATION is engaging, funny, daunting and most importantly, non-preachy all packaged nicely with production value, great aesthetics, and good all-around rhythm and flow.
Folks, the bottom line is that we have a problem with the environment whether you believe it or not. You don’t even have to question glaciers melting and what’s the cause (as that debate gets boring after five minutes), you can just ask the question … can I get useful, everyday survival stuff like gas and electricity for less without taxing the environment?
With narration by Bill Kurtis and appearances that include NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman, VIRGIN Group CEO Sir Richard Branson, Former CIA Director James Woolsey and several Energy CEO’s and environment afficianados, the film is filled with hope and optimism rooted in solutions not problems. Traveling across the country and hearing stories from the “Red State” folk makes you realize very quickly that we are not as divided a country as we may think, but somehow, the media and Washington like to play the division game.
CARBON NATION is a film that celebrates the solutions that are out there, the inspiration that exists and the action that people are taking. It’s a movie that has no political affiliation, is purely non-partisan and quite frankly, inspiring enough to think about a career change - “going green” is good for business a the film points out. Green is good and Green is profitable.
CARBON NATION is a film that celebrates the solutions that are out there, the inspiration that exists and the action that people are taking. It’s a movie that has no political affiliation, is purely non-partisan and quite frankly, inspiring enough to think about a career change - “going green” is good for business as the film points out. Green is good and Green is profitable.
Director Byck simply, cleanly and vividly points out that renewable energy sources and using less energy are just unarguably good ideas. There is nothing complex about it. It can boost the economy, increase national and energy security and promote health and a clean environment.
A film that bills itself as “a climate change solutions movie (that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change) and” ends with a quote from Edmund Burke, “Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.”
- Scott Zaretsky
Scott Zaretsky is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. While he has played cricket on several occasions and toned his tan while doing so, he sticks to being an independent producer as his vocation of record.
Look for CARBON NATION (Gravitas Ventures) on your local cable provider's Movies On Demand section.
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