Thursday, May 5, 2011

Experiential Journal: Carbon Nation

By Lindsey de Stefan

In order to fulfill my experiential requirements, I viewed the documentary “Carbon Nation.” This 2010 film by Peter Byck explains how we can reduce the vast carbon footprint we are leaving on our planet and our environment.
As we all know, carbon and fossil fuels are creating a number of problems environmentally. Yet dwelling on the numerous problems they cause is not what this particular documentary does. Instead, it focuses on solutions. Our planet, with its billions of inhabitants, requires a tremendous amount of energy. “Carbon Nation” points out that there are ways to meet these energy requirements in a way that uses less carbon-based sources or eliminates them completely.
This documentary taught me a lot of things that I didn’t know. First of all, I had no idea that concern for climate change and the state of our environment, which has been such a big issue, is dwindling. That is why this film was created in the first place. Second, I learned that there are many environmentally friendly alternatives that are not only good for the environment, but are potential jackpots for those looking to profit from green technology.
I also had no idea that, through some of the solutions suggested by “Carbon Nation,” we can actually improve our country in a variety of ways that are outside the realm of environmental concern. We can save money, as well as provide cleaner air and water for the citizens of the United States. This is certainly something worth striving for in these difficult economic times. And a clean and pollution-free country is something we all deserve.

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