“We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion, and genius. This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one. This is the human agenda.”

― Paul Hawken

In 2018, we learned that our changing climate is warming faster than we thought, however as 2019 begins, we’re seeing U.S. cities and states mobilize around climate solutions like never before, from methane capture to new carbon legislation.

Through the local campaigns of our Organizing Lab, we’ve seen how film can be used to accelerate this momentum and hopefully lead to important tipping points in the climate movement. The opportunity for filmmakers and advocacy groups to use film as a tool to organize has never been stronger.

To focus on areas where film can have the biggest impact, here is a shortlist of solutions that made great strides in 2018. Together through the power film, we can make these solutions unstoppable!

 

New climate champions

  • The beer industry is fast-becoming an unlikely voice for climate solutions with craft breweries like Maui Brewing going solar. – Fast Company
  • Tech corporations like Facebook and AT&T are embracing clean energy solutions by using wind and solar. – Forbes
  • The fast-food chain Taco Bell has set its sights on reducing its environmental impact by launching a trial vegan menu, removing artificial ingredients from its offerings, and rolling out recyclable cold cups and lids. – LiveKindly

 

New local leaders

  • Across the U.S., 100 cities have committed to transition to 100% clean energy. In addition, the states of Hawaii and California committed to renewable energy and other states, like Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, are quickly following in their footsteps.  – CBS News
  • New York is launching the first in the nation Green New Deal and has committed to eliminating their carbon footprint by 2040 and we’re excited to see other cities and states start on this journey in 2019. – Fortune
  • In the U.S. Southeast, Georgia has become one of the nation’s leading states for solar power. Born out of an unexpected alliance between The Sierra Club and Tea Party, Georgia’s solar boom gives us hope that new, diverse groups can come together to create environmental change.  – Inside Climate News

 

New breakthroughs

  • Innovators are implementing the latest in drone technology to spray seeds from the sky. This new technique could potentially plant one billion trees each year in an effort to fight deforestation and help protect local climates. – National Geographic
  • A utility company is teaming up with the world’s largest hog producer to capture methane emissions to power nearby homes and businesses. While reducing our alliance on animal agriculture is very important for our climate, it’s encouraging to see this creative approach to curbing animal and farm emissions.- Bloomberg  

 

New growth and development   

  • The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report shows that there are 3 times as many Americans now working in clean energy jobs as there are in the fossil fuel industry. CNN
  • Even more exciting, this growth is happening all around us. Clean energy supports over 158,000 jobs in the rural Midwest and more people are employed in clean energy than by fossil fuel, extractives, or refinement industries in 10 of 12 Midwestern states. – NRDC