BIG IDEAS FOR A SMALL PLANET: POWER

WHAT’S THE DEAL?

Tonightâ??s episode looks at alternative energy sources, and the people behind the technology.

The phrase “alternative energy” energy often conjures up high tech images of fusion power and million dollar fuel cells, yet the reality is a lot different as you will find out tonight. Often, it can be relatively low tech engineering. The sun, the wind, and yes even cow manure can be used to create sustainable power sources.

 

WHAT WE WATCHED

The first episode arrived on a screener with the first half of the APRIL shows. I didn’t know how to process these jaunts at first, so I took my time and tried to build an approach. When that failed, I just realized that the readers needed the brass tacks. For those that don’t watch The Sundance Channel or don’t know the basics to celebrate this Green Week, this is for you.Â

 

As you might guess, the Power episode is about renewable sources of energy. The 25-minute show takes a look at the Solar Decathlon and the way wind power is replacing coal in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Think about the many ways that renewable energy is forcing a chance to the Big Three Auto model of the early 20th century that continues to wreck havoc on the open market today. When researching these issues, begin to think about how you can change this on the personal level.Â

 

These individual profiles are accompanied by expert commentary and optimistic, inspiring, and often-funny exhortations to get involved in environmental activism. Commentators are attractive, well-spoken, and witty — which, along with the show’s jump-cut editing and hip, uplifting music — creates a program that’s attractive to younger viewers without feeling overly pedantic.

 

In conjunction with the series Sundance is also sponsoring a contest entitled â??Whatâ??s The Big Idea?â? They want to find out what your big idea is to help the ecosystem. As an incentive to get the creative juices flowing they are offering a $10,000 cash prize. All you have to do is submit a one minute video, or a photo essay of your idea. Full details are available at http://sundancechannel.com/bigideascontest

 

WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND

“POWER”
TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST Starting at 9PM EST & PST

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