Carbon Nation 2011 TV-PG CC

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An optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national security and promotes health & a clean environment.

Starring:
Rohit T. Aggarwala, Jerry M. Allums
Runtime:
1 hour 25 minutes

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The segment was supposed to feel like this was a miniscule dairy doing things right.
Daniel G. Lebryk
Filled with vital information about our part in the changing weather patterns as well as some exciting solutions to these problems.
Elaine Casteel
This documentary is unique in its genre (climate change & green energy) in that it is very positive and solution-oriented.
A. Friedman

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scott on September 29, 2011
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I had actually watched this movie in the theater but also wanted to own a copy of the DVD. What I like in particular about this climate-change documentary-style movie, is the positive outlook. The movie doesn't point fingers. Instead it focuses on solutions we can do to help the environment. What I liked is that the solutions are being implemented now, are typically low-cost, and show collaboration at the local level. No matter what level you're at, the movie points out steps you can take to positively impact the environment.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 22, 2011
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Overall a good set of things people can do to curb climate change. The movie is a little over produced, a tiny bit too glossy, and tries too hard to be VH-1 / MTV.

Bill Kurtis (Chicago newscaster, television personality, host of Investigative Reports, and environmentalist) narrates this movie. The film builds nicely from the basics about carbon dioxide and the effect it has on climate, to more complex ideas about how to curb carbon dioxide generation. The film works on the level of showing real tangible things people can do to reduce our dependence on carbon based energy. Where the film doesn't work is trying to be too cool and too slick. I was reminded of the VH-1 pop up video with icons and phrases popping up on screen along with the popping / swoosh noise. Sometimes rough around the edges is better and more impactful.

The content presented was outstanding. If you are a true disbeliever in climate change, then you should pass on this film. On the other hand, if you believe that we should do something about the amount of carbon we consume and carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, then this is an excellent film. Carbon Nation is the polar opposite of An Inconvenient Truth. Where An Inconvenient Truth tended towards facts and figures and super logical argument, Carbon Nation takes a much more direct practical approach. This film was about people trying to make a difference and what they've done to reduce carbon dioxide.

The film is an hour and twenty two minutes long, about the right length of time. The pacing is decent. The film is not rated, but would probably get a PG-13 rating for some strong language. Oddly when the strong language came up it was a pretty big surprise, it really stands out.

Overall, I enjoyed this film.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Friedman on January 6, 2012
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This documentary is unique in its genre (climate change & green energy) in that it is very positive and solution-oriented. There is minimal alarmism, scant blame, no preaching, avoidance of controversy, and they even claim it doesn't matter whether or not you believe climate change is anthropogenic (caused by humans).

In 80 minutes, they breeze through CO2, climate change, receeding glaciers, water shortage, pine borer beetles, wind energy, solar photovoltaic, ethanol, algae biodiesel, geothermal, carbon sequestration, land use, deforestation, electric cars, electricity storage in car batteries, carbon taxes, green buildings, roof gardens, rain catchment, green jobs, conservation, efficiency, freon, recycling, white roofs, and more.

So much is covered that it is necessarily just a cursory overview. If you listen closely, there's a lot of concepts and a lot of numbers, although they just fly by in a feel-good manner. A few of the numbers (for savings) sounded too good to be true, but that's not the point. The point is that there are lots of solutions and we just need to get busy, both personally and politically.

Talking heads include such recognizable figures as Amory Lovins (Rocky Mtn Institute), James Woolsey (CIA), Richard Branson (Virgin Air), and quite a lot of Van Jones (Green Collar Economy).

The deleted scenes are also well worth watching.

The thankfully-brief cartoon portions put me off a bit but do convey their messages.

It quickly skims over alarming trends like China's huge expansion of coal-fired power plants and the challenge of rising living standards for BRIC (Brazil/Russia/India/China).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By orsnowman on January 25, 2012
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I thought this movie offered a great summary of what our challenges are and potential ways we could address them. The ideas are supported by facts and people taking real actions to bring about change. If you want a quick overview of what is not only going on but how we can create green jobs this is a great starting point.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dddvision on April 19, 2013
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This movie initially runs through many popular and easily understood concepts about climate change, dismissing controversy to get to its point: We can and should reduce our carbon footprint. Then, it turns into a documentary of green business models in the US that are working or at least look promising. It succeeds at keeping a positive tone throughout, but to do so, it never digs too deep.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. on January 10, 2013
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Peter Byck appeared on the Bill Maher show to promote Carbon Nation and did an excellent job of portraying the necessity of energy and infrastructure changes in order to help the sustainability of not just the environment, but also the economy. Unfortunately, the film itself lacks the emotional appeal of Byck's appearance and fails to make the concise pitch that Byck does. The film doesn't know whether it wants to about a green economy or about saving the environment, and if it's trying to be both, it fails to coalesce around a successfully spelled-out succinct theme. From a production standpoint, it severely lacks the effective emotional appeal and relate-ability of a documentary such as Food, Inc.

Despite criticisms about the production of the film, the content of the film is important, timely and extremely necessary for modern humanity to understand. Green solutions and CleanTech are not only vital to the sustainability of energy and the environment, but it provides an opportunity to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States and abundantly increase service-related jobs as well. In addition to addressing needed steps to reduce carbon output, Carbon Nation also discusses the concept of carbon sequestration, and how humanity could actually reduce the currently high levels of carbon in the atmosphere.

Although flaws persist in many aspects of this documentary, the message it delivers is an important one, and this is a film that everyone should watch, if only to continue the discussion and debate solutions.
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