EARTH DAY FILM FEST Fri April 22

FRIDAY APRIL 22 @ GOETHE INSTITUT 812 7TH ST. NW (7TH & EYE)
6:45PM “THE FOURTH REVOLUTION”
8:00PM “THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK”
JOIN US FOR A DRINK AFTER THE FILMS

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THE 4TH REVOLUTION

Directed by Carl A. Fechner

From office buildings that produce more energy than they use to electric cars with style, visionary and entrepreneurial minds today are working across the globe on the technologies that will take us away from reliance on fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy for all.

The stakes are enormous, and so are the obstacles: lack of political will in the United States and many other countries, entrenched interests in the coal, gas and oil industries and the simple fact that reworking our energy infrastructure will be a difficult process. Instead of lingering on the problems, The 4th Revolution focuses on the solutions, also showing that these new methods and technologies are no longer distant dreams, but within our grasp.

Sun, wind, hydro and geothermal energy are natural sources accessible to everyone all over the world without making any difference. And they are renewable, free and available in the long run. Only the widespread knowledge about the possibilities of renewable energy can ignite an international movement and take the absolutely necessary energy transition.

THE 4TH REVOLUTION describes the possibility to switch to 100% renewables within the next 30 years by telling the stories of its protagonists, a prominent environmental activist, Nobel laureates, innovative businessmen and politicians. It demonstrates the opportunities which will be provided by the energy revolution regarding the sustainable economic development and social and economic fairness.

In German with English subtitles.

Introduced by Arne Jungjohann
Director, Environment & Global Dialogue
Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America

Arne Jungjohann is the Director for the Environment and Global Dialogue Program of the Washington office. The focus of his work is identifying and promoting solutions towards a low carbon economy.

THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK

Directed by Justin Pemberton

In a world living in fear of climate change and global warming, the nuclear industry is now proposing itself as a solution. It claims that nuclear power generation produces zero carbon emissions . . . and people are listening. The result is the beginning of a global nuclear renaissance, with 27 nuclear power stations under construction, and another 136 to be commenced within the next decade.

The world’s electricity consumption is expected to double in the next 25 years and the nuclear industry claims that nuclear power is the only large-scale method of power production that can reliably replace coal, gas or oil-fired power plants. But many people have an inherent fear of nuclear power. Is it time we learned to love the split atom? Or is there a risk that we might be jumping out of the carbon frying pan and into the plutonium fire?

THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK goes on a worldwide tour of the nuclear industry in search of answers. It visits some of the planet’s most famous nuclear facilities, including the control room of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, it investigates the state of ‘the grand old lady’ of commercial nuclear power, the U.K.’s Calder Hall, and travels through a nuclear waste repository under the Baltic Sea, a uranium mine in Australia, and one of only two fuel recycling plants in the world.

“A classy, informative and somewhat scary documentary… THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK garners a balanced array of viewpoints and information which allows the viewer to draw their own conclusion.”—Blacklight Publishing Limited

Introduced by Elliott Negin
Media Director
Union of Concerned Scientists

Elliott Negin, the media director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, was a foreign news editor at National Public Radio, the managing editor of American Journalism Review, and the editor of Nuclear Times magazine.

THE 4TH REVOLUTION


THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK