Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Fuel", Great Documentary about America's Dependence on Oil

Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Ticknell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America's dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the US auto and petroleum industries and interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators, and activists such as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Animated by powerful graphics, FUEL looks into our future offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy and bio-fuels. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award.

I urge everyone to watch this great yet alarming documentary on our dependence on fuels and what alternatives are available for everyone of us to make a change. Similarly to the documentary "Who killed the Electric Car?", FUEL also highlights the power of the oil industry lobbies and all things that are just wrong in today's political landscape.

However, if people embrace biodiesel and other forms of sustainable energy, then only we can change the world. For more information on this documentary film, head to their official website which also links to their facebook, youtube, twitter and other social media profiles.

So how can I help?

There are many ways you can help. Below are a few examples:
-Reduce your energy consumption (use low-consumption light bulbs or other energy efficient houseware)
-Use public transports or walk/ride your bicycle to work
-Buy more locally grown food or locally produced items (this will reduce your carbon footprint but also help your local economy)
-Visit Repower America, supported by ex US President candidate Al Gore
-If you use your vehicle regularly and can afford to replace your vehicle or buy a new one, go for the electric or biodiesel powered option. You will save money in the long run, and it's a great way to reduce your environmental impact.
-Sharing is caring. Spread the word around you, educate your friends and family and every good thing will follow. This documentary film is a great first step.

Lastly, I want to finish by one of the quotes I read in this film. The quote is from Gandhi:
"When the people lead, the leaders will follow."
This really sums up the fact that the environmental revolution will start from the people, you and me, and not from multi-billion dollar profit making oil corporations.

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