We at Collab House have hosted a screening of the documentary ‘Catching the Sun’ and had a discussion on making technologies to tap sustainable energy resources. The event happened on 7th May, 2016 engaging the amazing maker community at our space.
Catching the Sun is a documentary by Shalini Kantayya, American film maker of Indian origin. It is a narration of an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future.
Documentaries are a powerful way to bring people together, engage conversation, and inspire real change. Catching the Sun is being released at tipping point in a global transition to renewable energy. Clean energy solutions like solar is becoming more affordable and accessible than ever, and it has utility companies shaking in their boots. All over the globe, battles are being waged for who will control power in the 21st century.
Solutions like solar have the potential to put power in the hands of the people—both literally and figuratively. An informed public, lead by ordinary citizens like you and me, can push for the local and national policies that can transform our economy. Transitioning to powering our economy off renewable energy isn’t only about creating the life-saving solutions that we desperately need to combat climate change. It’s about unleashing human imagination, innovation, national competitiveness, and the largest wealth creation opportunity of our time.
By hosting a screening of Catching the Sun, we are taking a step to incite collective action towards clean energy solutions that are accessible to all. Future generations are depending on us to make this change. And the good news is that the clean energy future is full of hope—not just for the planet, for the people too.
There were some critical questions posed at the attendees, the makers of Hyderabad community. A few of them are below:
- Reflections on the film – What was striking or memorable and how do you think it relates to our community?
- What solar programs exist in our area for low income families?
- What are some recent environmental victories related to issues in the film?
- What are people at this event working on over the next 6 months – 2 years?
- How can people get involved in local movements and stay in touch with each other?
- What are steps we can take together to promote the green economy in our community?
- How have our local officials voted regarding clean energy and the economy?
- Who are the top energy polluters in our area? Are they held accountable?
The perspective of every one in the hall were collected and everyone have promised to take certain steps, though little contributions, could save our planet gradually.
“A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the clean energy movement that will transform, and enliven the way you see the future. What is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents.” – MARK RUFFALO