The blackout of August, 2003 was a wake up call.
Sculptor, aviator, inventor, and filmmaker Bill Lishman documents his journey around the globe in search of earth's renewable energy. In Niagara, he discovers our rich history of hydroelectric production. His travels continue as he explores the world's largest solar collector power plant in the Mojave dessert. In Iceland, geo-thermal energy literally shoots out of the ground. And Bill is blown away in Denmark where they produce 25% of their electricity with wind turbines.
Today, if the rest of the world consumed at the rate Canadians do, we'd require five planets in order to sustain ourselves. So harnessing renewable sources of energy is as important as conserving energy through design, as Bill reveals in his own underground house.
South of London, Bill explores Bedzed, a development of 100 homes and offices that conserve energy in every aspect of their design - a concept called 'One Planet Living'.
"North America is blessed with a wealth of renewable resources. There's enough solar energy in the southwest to power the entire continent. If we harvested the wind in the mid-west we'd never have a blackout again. Our water resources are abundant and there's even geothermal energy in the Rockies. It's all clean, renewable energy. All we have to do is harness it. "
This is Peter Shatalow's second documentary for Nature of Things. His first, Flight of the Whooping Crane, was a 2003 award winner in the Japanese Wildlife Festival and also received a 'Silver Chris' Award from the Columbus International Film Festival. Shatalow has a rich history in the Canadian film and television industry as a producer, writer, director, cinematographer and editor.
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