Wednesday, January 23, 2013

THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF SHOWS US SOME REAL ANSWERS TO OUR ENERGY CRISIS by Pamela Powell

Focus Forward films promotes creative filmmakers whose work emphasizes innovations that make this world a better place.  This year, Focus Forward presented a contest to filmmakers from all over the world to submit a film which focused on innovations such as environmental, social, and health issues to name a few.  With a cash prize of $100,000 for the Grand Jury Prize and $50,000 for the second prize, Focus Forward didn't have a shortage of films from which to choose.

Jared P. Scott and Kelly Nyks, filmmakers of THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF, received second prize.  Their topic could possibly save our world by utilizing a resource that is never-ending:  the sun.  Dan Nocera has developed an "artificial leaf" to do just that.  By imitating the process that a leaf uses to produce energy, we can replicate the process of photosynthesis and "power our world with sunlight." Utilization of such common components such as a glass of water, sunlight, and inexpensive metals, we could potentially create clean energy.  The film goes on to explain both visually and verbally, how the process works.

This 3 minute documentary educated and inspired me to learn more.  It also made me aware that there are viable solutions to this crisis we are experiencing in our country.  Take 3 minutes out of your day to empower yourself with knowledge.

www.focusforwardfilms.com
http://vimeo.com/51772014


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