Town of Atherton Earth Day Screening & Reception for "The New Fire"
Climate change poses the biggest long-term risk to humanity's future. But what if the solution to climate change were hiding in plain sight? We recognize that solar and wind technologies can help reduce emissions, despite being intermittent. The problem with these energy types arises when utilities fall back on burning natural gas or coal, when the sun goes down or the wind stops. Nuclear power, a reliable source of carbon-free energy, could provide that back-up power (thereby creating a 100% clean solution) but has been opposed by many within the environmental community for a range of historic and technical reasons. Now, next-generation reactors in development by the next generation of nuclear Ph.D.s may actually be solving the core issues . . . and are increasingly being viewed by experts as critical to helping humanity generate sufficient amount of clean energy to power the world and also avoid global climate catastrophe. The young entrepreneurs trailblazing this energy revolution are up against more than the climate clock – they need to convince all of us that the new nuclear is safe and achievable. Filmed across four continents over twenty two months, Emmy-winning director David Schumacher’s film focuses on how the generation facing the most severe impact of climate change is fighting back with ingenuity and hope. The New Fire tells a provocative and startlingly positive story about a planet in crisis and the young heroes who are trying to save it. The screening will be preceded by a light lunch and networking starting at 12:00 pm, hosted by the Town of Atherton. The film screening will start at 12:30 pm and run for one and a half hours. Immediately following the film, there will be a panel discussion with Dave Schumacher, the filmmaker; Dr. Ken Caldeira, climate scientist in the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology and Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University, Atherton resident, Ross Koningstein of Google, who helped produce the film and more. Following the panel discussion, please enjoy refreshments and networking in the PAC lobby. Questions: Please contact Nestor Delgado, Atherton Sustainability Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, Valerie Gardner, Atherton Environmental Programs Committee at: (650) 799-4494.
555 Middlefield Road
Atherton, CA 94027
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