“We are all members of a great human orchestra,” says Sandra Steingraber “and it is now time to play the Save the World Symphony “
From “A Solar Home Companion” Watkins Glen.
In the tradition of Pete Seeger and his Hudson River Sloop Clearwater who “cleaned up the river’” by holding free concerts and getting people involved in the ecology of the Hudson, Film Maker Josh Fox’s “Solar Home Companion Tour” stopped at The Glen Theatre in Watkins Glen on Monday, March 2. The free event was billed as “Groundbreaking Theatre, Film and Concert That Give Communities The Tools And Resources To Build Their Own Renewable Energy!” It was entertaining, educational, and successful.
Fox had a co-host, biologist-civil disobedience/fracking activist—author—cancer survivor—mother Sandra Steingraber. Sandra helped set the focus of the night by examining the her early career as a biologist working on controlling the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s. She compared that battle with the fracking battle— little was known about the both culprits at beginning of the campaigns and more is known now, but neither have been eradicated.
Fox presented a 5-minute clip from the film he is now working on, which is about Climate Change. He noted that he is in the beginning of filming, and gave no estimation when the film will be completed. He pointed out that those involved in the fracking wing of the battle for clean environment can now take a deep breath and look to the future.
The next logical step, Fox explained, is to develop an energy replacement for the fossil fuels that will remain in the undisturbed shale. He went into a description of different types of renewable energy producers—Solar, Wind and Geo-thermal and introduced real, do-able ways to incorporate renewables to into our life styles. He called it:
Renewable Energy 101
The #1 most important, amazing, this changes everything fact:
We can run our country on
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
And we can do it today, with current technology. Scientists have given us a roadmap that shows how it’s possible to power our whole country on wind, water and sun, but now we need some PEOPLE POWER to make it happen.
We were presented with three level of participation–EASY (Switch Power Providers), EASY+ (Install Rooftop Solar) and HARDCORE–LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD (Attend or Host A Potluck). For more details in these three levels, including names of renewable-friendly Power Providers, go to the Solutions Grassroots website.
Several local organizations committed to the development of clean, renewable energy in the future paired up with Solar Home Companion to provide the audience with a local vision of what is possible going forward. They included Gas Free Seneca, We Are Seneca Lake, The Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Rate Payers and Intervening Residents Against Repowering Cayuga Power Plant, Solar Schuyler, and Renovus.
The program’s final step was to find volunteers for a renewable energy support group–providing information, tools, and trainings to move from fossil fuels to renewables. It was not difficult to find six volunteers.
This might be the perfect time to consider Renewable Energy. The technology is becoming more efficient. New York State is providing financial incentives for home and business owners, the renewable energy industry and local governments. Although many politicians deny climate change and heaven-forbid connecting it with burning carbon, evidence is becoming overwhelming to those not benefiting financially from the Oil/Gas Industry that change has to happen. (Science Friday’s February 20, 2015 program had two segments on how climate change is affecting Kivalina, Alaska, a small town north of the Article Circle.)
Also, wouldn’t it be nice knowing that you are not financing the Koch Brothers political maneuverings?