Germany’s energy rebellion examined at Sooke’s Awareness Film Night

Documentary Power To Change: The Energy Rebellion screened at EMCS on May 10

The Awareness Film Night season finale will bring the 2016 German documentary Power To Change: The Energy Rebellion to Sooke’s Edward Milne Community School theatre on May 10.

Germany gets almost 30 per cent of its energy from renewable sources.

Power To Change outlines a wealth of green-friendly innovations and the figures behind them. Energy alternatives such as celitement, biogas, kite-powered ships and passive houses along with the more well-known wind and solar power and electric cars are all featured in the film.

The film tells tells the stories of battling pioneers, amateur tinkerers, entrepreneurs, energy suppliers, farmers, activists, scientists and of innovative and surprising technologies.

Film-goers will also hear from those who are opposed to the change to renewable energy and uncover their reasoning and motives for trying to uphold the existing structures. The film aims to put an end to the doomsday scenarios and the cynical discussions over the feasibility of the energy revolution.

The film has a clear message: a complete turnaround in energy policy towards 100 per cent renewables is possible and it can be achieved mush faster than its opponents would have you believe. Check out the trailer at

Bring your renewable energy queries to the post screening discussion with Sooke’s Steve Unger and Clayton Fischer, members of the Viridian Energy Co-operative, a workers’ co-op that designs and installs renewable energy systems on Vancouver Island.

Unger is a professional electrical engineer and Fischer is a certified red-seal electrician. Together and with other members of Viridian they have installed 62kW of solar power in Sooke in the past 16 months.

Showtime is from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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