“The Earth Is What We All Have In Common.” –Wendell Barry

Environmental Issues About Energy

According to Wikipedia (2013),“Energy has been harnessed by humans for millennia. Initially it was with the use of fire for light, heat, cooking and for safety, and its use can be traced back at least 1.9 million years.In recent years there has been a trend towards the increased commercialization of various renewable energy sources” (Para,1).

Below is some excellent works of this type.

Burning in the Sun (2010)

The film was directed by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson. As written by SnagFilms (n.d.),“26-year-old charmer Daniel Dembele is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels - the first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation. Daniel's goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99 percent of which live without power.

Burning in the Sun tells the story of Daniel's journey growing the budding idea into a viable company, and of the business' impact on Daniel's first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man, and what it takes to prosper as a nation. Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest” (para. 2).

Coal Rush (2012)

The film was produced by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo. As introduced by coalrushmovie.com (n.d.),“Coal Rush is a documentary-film that takes place in West Virginia, yet serves as a cautionary tale for a world heavily relying on fossil fuels that come with a hefty price for society. The film, bringing to light one of the worst yet least publicized US industrial contamination disasters, focuses on courageous Appalachians who fight to defend their human right to clean water — and persevere in their quest for truth and justice. Coal Rush dramatizes the human and societal costs a democracy faces when it relies on cheap energy, and rings an alarm bell on the environmental hazards potentially affecting any of us – rural or urban”(Para.2).


coalrushmovie.com (n.d.). Coal Rush. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from http://www.coalrushmovie.com/

Wikipedia. (2013). Environmental impact of the energy industry. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_issues_with_energy

SnagFilms. (n.d.). Burning in the Sun Synopsis. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/burning_in_the_sun#