“Future Fuels” is his relatively short (just over a half of an hour) program that is a great instructional tool. Unlike many environmental documentaries, which overwhelm audiences with global problems that make an individual feel like any effort is futile, “Future Fuels: Consumers Guide to Alternative Energy” offers simple and easy ways to conserve energy and save money at home, say “no” to foreign oil, and reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a refreshingly simple environmental program.
“Future Fuels” presents the advantages and disadvantages of several forms of renewable energy, including solar power, biodiesel, wind generators, ethanol, and hybrid and electric cars. The other great thing about this film is that it offers a multitude of resources, such as websites, where you can scratch your environmental itch and make important changes that are tangible.
With a thorough explanation of alternative energy and fuels, it’s pretty much the most unbiased opinion you’ll find in the category of environmental films. Many other environmental documentaries have an agenda and point fingers at who’s to blame. “Future Fuels” takes no side. Rather, it offers facts. For example, using ethanol-based fuels can reduce your gas efficiency by 25%, potentially defeating the purpose of switching from conventional fuel. It also offers guilt-free insight into what you can really do to make a difference.
It’s a realistic film offering achievable goals. Anyone can make these changes and the film provides real-life stories of people who are making a difference.
This is a perfect movie to watch with children to spark their interest and engage them in the conversation about what you can do in your home and your life to be live more eco-friendly. With an up-beat tempo, this movie won’t give your kids nightmares about dying polar bears and other cute, furry critters losing out due to our actions.
“Future Fuels” is a great supplement to any information about alternative energy. If you’re considering any of these forms of alternative energy, this film will help you make the decision. It is fairly brief, though, so consider complementing this film with more detailed information on any particular form of alternative energy, especially when considering the fact that “alternative” does not necessarily mean better for the planet. In particular, ethanol is an alternative to traditional gasoline in that it does not contain fossil fuel, however, it emits carbon into the atmosphere and will not combat global warming.
This film is a practical guide that can open doors to the reality of alternative energy in your life and in your home. “Future Fuels” is helpful, and, in an era of depressing and alarming environmental films, it’s refreshingly simple and positive.