Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Help Support EcoWatch

We Can Run the Planet on 100% Renewable Energy

Energy
We Can Run the Planet on 100% Renewable Energy

I have to write you a very deeply personal letter right now and I hope it is met with an open mind.

I have a secret to confess.

Well, it's actually not a secret at all, it's a very easy thing to find out if you just Google me, but I am not sure that many of you who are fans of my two documentaries GASLAND and GASLAND Part II know it.

It is this: I was not always a documentary filmmaker and I was not always an environmentalist. In fact, before the gas industry made a maelstrom out of all of our lives, I had a job that I deeply deeply loved: I was a theatre director and playwright.

I made more than 25 new works for the stage with my theatre troupe the International WOW Company. These plays would premiere in amazing places all over the world, hence our name. We performed in Thailand and Japan and the Philippines, we performed in Germany and France, we performed in New York City and in upstate New York. We made huge, fantastical, epic plays with large casts, striking imagery and powerful politics.

The theater is a kind of collective action. The theater is a motivator. A great theater production is something that you never forget about all your days.

So here is the news: I am making a new play, for the first time in five years, and I want you to come see it. I want you to be a part of this very special new kind of action. I am calling it The Solutions Grassroots Tour and it is a very different and unique kind of play that prompts a very different and unique kind of action.

In rehearsal for The Solutions Grassroots Tour. Photo credit: Erik Mc Gregor

But before I go into that I want to tell you one more secret.

Actually, it's not a secret either, if you Google this fact you will get it almost immediately.

It feels like a secret because it seems like nobody knows it.

It is this: we can run the planet on 100 percent renewable energy.

The science and technology says we can do it—100 percent wind, water and sun. No fossil fuels necessary. No more fracking, no more mountaintop removal, no more tar sands. We have the technology now.

What we don't have right now is enough people and politicians acting to create our new world.

So what The Solutions Grassroots tour does is combine culture and grassroots organizing, creating a powerful tool to change our nation's beliefs when it comes to renewable energy.

The Solutions Grassroots Tour is a theater, film and concert event that gives communities the tools and recourses to build their own renewable energy.

We have created these events to show you exactly how easy it is to immediately switch your power provider.

We have created these shows to show you exactly how difficult it will be to continue living in a hotter, more fracked up world.

Read page 1

Our renewable energy partners will be on hand to show you how easy it is to begin your transition out of the fossil fuel cycle by switching to a renewable energy provider or installing rooftop solar.

We'll also connect you with your neighbors who want to work on this with you.

But don't let me give you the impression this event is all work, organizing and building renewable energy. It's so much more.

The Solutions Grassroots Tour will be the stage debut of rancher and spokesman John Fenton, subject of GASLAND I & II and his son Johnny Fenton, of Pavillion, Wyoming. It will also feature music by Vanessa Bley and Stuart Matthewman and the band Twin Danger and with a cast of more than 20 actors, live video installation and a world-class seven-piece band. It's like no other event on the planet.

It is some of the most important work I've ever done and I want nothing more than for you to come share this incredible experience of retuning to the theater with me.

We've even made a trailer from our first two performances in Oneonta and Callicoon this summer:

THE SOLUTIONS GRASSROOTS TOUR

Tickets here http://bit.ly/1qh6pn8

Sept. 21 - 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Irondale Theater

Directed by Josh Fox

With guest hosts Mark Ruffalo, Debra Winger, Peter Yarrow, Sandra Steingraber and Nahko Bear

Co-sponsored by Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Food & Water Watch, Frack Action, The Mother's Project, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Sane Energy Project and United For Actions.

Created by and featuring the International WOW Company: Carrie Getman, Herbe Go, Doug Chapman, Beth Griffith, Brandon Smith, Broderick Clavery, Sheree Campbell, John Fenton, Johnny Fenton, Jessica Hadju-Nemeth, Olivia Ross, Sarah Keyes, Cody Jordan, Noelia Antweiler, Malin Barr, Margot Bennet, Rebecca Goldstein, Ali Andre Ali, Jade Ziane, Zach Signore, Guy Eckstine, Nick Anderson, Robert Granata, Julian Smith, Omar A Little, Vanessa Bley, Stuart Matthewman and Josh Fox.

Thanks and see you at the show!

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Battle for Democracy in Fracking Fight Continues in Colorado

Unity Concert: Return Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation

McKibben to Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal

54% of parents with school-age children expressed concern that their children could fall behind academically, according to a poll conducted over the summer of 2020. Maria Symchych-Navrotska / Getty Images

By Pamela Davis-Kean

With in-person instruction becoming the exception rather than the norm, 54% of parents with school-age children expressed concern that their children could fall behind academically, according to a poll conducted over the summer of 2020. Initial projections from the Northwest Evaluation Association, which conducts research and creates commonly used standardized tests, suggest that these fears are well-grounded, especially for children from low-income families.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

A teenager reads a school English assignment at home after her school shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 22, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis via Getty Images

The pandemic has affected everyone, but mental health experts warn that youth and teens are suffering disproportionately and that depression and suicide rates are increasing.

Read More Show Less

Trending

In an ad released by Republican Voters Against Trump, former coronavirus task force member Olivia Troye roasted the president for his response. Republican Voters Against Trump / YouTube

Yet another former Trump administration staffer has come out with an endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden, this time in response to President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read More Show Less
Climate Group

Every September for the past 11 years, non-profit the Climate Group has hosted Climate Week NYC, a chance for business, government, activist and community leaders to come together and discuss solutions to the climate crisis.

Read More Show Less
A field of sunflowers near the Mehrum coal-fired power station, wind turbines and high-voltage lines in the Peine district of Germany on Aug. 3, 2020. Julian Stratenschulte / picture alliance via Getty Images

By Elliot Douglas

The coronavirus pandemic has altered economic priorities for governments around the world. But as wildfires tear up the west coast of the United States and Europe reels after one of its hottest summers on record, tackling climate change remains at the forefront of economic policy.

Read More Show Less

Support Ecowatch