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Sustainable Film Series explores renewable energy with ‘The Future of Energy’

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AVON — Fossil fuels helped build the world as we know it today, but they are now threatening the health of the planet in unprecedented ways. The film "The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People" describes a pathway forward to a 100 percent renewable energy future and what everyday people are doing to help foster the shift.

Walking Mountains Science Center's Sustainable Film Series, presented by Walkin' The Dog, continues this month with two screenings of "The Future of Energy." The first screening is Tuesday at Loaded Joes in Avon and the second is on March 15, at The Dusty Boot in Eagle; both showings start at 6:30 p.m.

This month's film focuses on energy solutions while simultaneously addressing the climate crisis and diverse economic and social issues. Supporters insist that the technology to make the switch to renewable energy sources is already available, but it is a matter of building up the political and societal will to make the change.

As more individuals, businesses and governments across the country adopt renewable sources of energy, the costs will go down due to economies of scale and mass production. The opposite is true of finite resources such as fossil fuels, with costs that will continue to rise as resources become scarcer.

Reducing Size of Energy Pie

The film takes a look at how the change to renewable energy systems is converging with the movement to reduce energy consumption overall through new green building standards, retrofitting existing buildings and appliance efficiency standards. Reducing the size of the energy pie will make the transition to renewable energy easier and lead to zero net energy.

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A shift is happening from the former concentration of fossil-fuel energy industry power to a system where renewable energy can be produced locally and shared laterally within each community. The film describes how local and community action can inform and influence national policies and that making changes toward a sustainable future is in the hands of the people. What type of future will we create?

This month at both screenings, Mountain Chevrolet from Glenwood Springs will have a Chevrolet Volt on site. A fully electric car with a gasoline-powered range-extender, Green Car Magazine has already awarded the Volt "green car of the year."

For more information on this film, visit http://www.thefutureofenergy.org. To view the entire lineup for the Sustainable Film Series, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/films.

If you go …

What: “The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People,” part of the Sustainable Film Series.

When and where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Loaded Joe’s in Avon, and again at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at The Dusty Boot in Eagle.

Cost: $5 suggested donation.

More information: Email melissak@walkingmountains.org.