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“Carbon Nation” Offers Solutions, But Fails to Captivate a Nation

Katie Lockhart, assistant arts editor

The filmmakers behind “Carbon Nation,” a self-titled “climate change solutions movie,” don’t even care whether audiences believe humans are at fault for climate change. They’re more interested in the people working to stem the effects. Yet, while director Peter Byck offers good ideas on how to cut carbon emissions, he doesn’t offer much in terms of cinematic quality, entertainment value or a level of inspiration that would drive people to change their energy consumptions habits.

The film focuses on the idea that we must rid Earth of 16 terra-watts of carbon dioxide and “promote cleaner energy in the U.S.” For 82 minutes, Byck jumps between interesting individuals who are doing their part to reduce carbon emissions. Cliff Etheridge is a quirky, one-armed rancher who is making a fortune off wind farms in Texas. Van Jones is not only empowering residents of low-income California
neighborhoods by helping to create jobs installing residential solar panels, but also helping them reduce their carbon footprint. The green
go-getters highlighted in the film are quite remarkable, but the film in general is not. The picture quality of the on-camera interviews and
computer-animated videos may remind viewers of a health class video shot in the early 1990s.

Regardless, the underlying message is what’s most important. As the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman eloquently puts it in the
film, “Green baby, is the new red white and blue!”

“Carbon Nation” is playing at Cinema Village in New York City beginning Feb. 11. Click here for more info.

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