ELAW will be co-presenting the film “The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy” on October 8th at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday, October 9th at 1:30 p.m. at Bijou Art Cinemas as part of the GoodWorks Film Festival. A first time event in Eugene, the GoodWorks Film Festival will feature a series of acclaimed feature-length films with an array of social justice themes.
One of the highlights of the Festival will be the opportunity for audience members to interact with the creators of these inspiring films. Following both showings of “The 4th Revolution,” the filmmaker, Carl-A. Fechner, will join ELAW Staff Attorney and energy law professor Jen Gleason and EWEB representative Bill Welch in a Q&A with the audience.
Coming to see the film and participating in the conversation that follows will be a great way to find out what you can do to support renewable energy and make a difference.
The film presents the hypothesis that we can make the change to 100% renewable energy within the next 30 years if — and only if — we truly want to. Peak oil and the end of the fossil fuels era is near — if not already here — and whether we can make the shift to a more renewable society is up to us.
Eugene has already been a leading renewable energy adopter among similar-sized U.S. cities:
- “Oregon ranks third in the region for installed capacity of renewable energy, behind California and Washington“;
- After a brief brush with nuclear power in the early 1980s, the city’s publicly-owned electricity and water utility, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) now has incentives in place encouraging residents to adopt solar hot water and solar photovoltaic systems;
- The city government has a portion of the city’s website devoted to sustainability;
- The local community college, Lane Community College offers an Associate’s Degree in “Alternative Energy Engineering Technologies“.
Yet, we still have a ways to go if we want to make the switch to 100% renewable energy. I hope you will join us this Saturday and Sunday to learn more about what you can do.
The Festival will feature several other socially conscious films, including: “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” “Bag It: Is your life too Plastic?” and “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.”
Find the complete Festival schedule here.
See you at the Festival!