Movie review: Carbon Nation

January 10th, 2014 | Posted by Joep in Carbon Positive | Inspiration | Our Future | Victory Scenario


Carbon nation is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows how tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment. Plus, you’ll meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way. This film is a documentary movie about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues.

Bill Kurtis (Chicago newscaster, television personality, host of Investigative Reports, and environmentalist) narrates this movie. The film builds nicely from the basics about carbon dioxide and the effect it has on climate, to more complex ideas about how to curb carbon dioxide generation. The film works on the level of showing real tangible things we can do to reduce our dependence on carbon based energy. If you believe that we should do something about the amount of carbon we consume and carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, then this is an excellent film. Carbon nation is the polar opposite of An Inconvenient Truth. Where An Inconvenient Truth tended towards facts and figures and super logical argument, Carbon nation takes a much more direct practical approach. This film is about people trying to make a difference and what they’ve done to reduce carbon dioxide.

Guests in the film include such recognizable figures as Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute), James Woolsey (CIA), Richard Branson (Virgin Air), and Van Jones (Green Collar Economy). It features our own wind turbines here in Texas showing that renewable energy can be a boon for rural communities where they can make friends with the wind. It is also better for rural economics than the bust and boom of oil and gas as these projects provide a steady paycheck for up to 20 years.

You will learn that a lot has to do with how we generate and use energy, and how important our land use practices are, both for livestock and crops. How we use our lands can actually provide us with storage for a lot of carbon. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the air which is currently in overdrive at around 400ppm, needs to get down to 350ppm. This movie shows the many ways that we can do it.

You can watch the trailer here:

You can watch the movie for free here (with some commercial interruptions):  Hulu

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 Both comments and pings are currently closed.