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The Powerdown Show reviewed

The Powerdown Show is a 10-part series of 20 minute documentaries that takes a fresh and engaging look at climate change and peak oil. Produced by the Dublin based ‘Cultivate’ educational collective, the series focuses on positive responses to these challenges, offering practical and inspiring examples of community action. Without underplaying the enormous implications of the twin threats we are facing, the makers argue that we also have a golden opportunity to create a far better, more sustainable way of life for ourselves and for future generations if we use intelligent design strategies to approach ‘energy descent’. Made to professional standards, each episode uses a mix of interviews, real life case studies, animations and even humour to explain the core problems before moving onto potential solutions such as localised food production, sustainable building, alternative energy, green economics, permaculture and Transition Towns.

The films were made to accompany Cultivate’s program of training for “Leadership, Livelihoods and Local Resilience”, and whilst there probably isn’t much in The Powerdown Show that is new to seasoned permaculturalists or community activists, it is a fantastic resource for awareness raising and would be great for showing in schools, at film clubs, etc. The twenty minute format means that each episode can be used to introduce a topic whilst leaving plenty of time for group discussion or other activities, something that can often feel pushed out at screenings of longer documentaries. A marvellous tool for any permaculture educator or Transition Town core team, especially as the makers give license-free permission for public screenings to any Transition initiative. I’m looking forward to using this with our local group.

You can obtain your copy here

Graham Burnett http://www.spiralseed.co.uk

(This review originally appeared in Permaculture Magazine)

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