Power to the People

2015, Society  -   4 Comments
Ratings: 6.97/10 from 74 users.

In the Netherlands, ordinary citizens are assuming responsibility for generating their own sources of energy through the installation of solar panels and wind turbines. This practice has grown into a widespread movement, and threatened the viability of traditional power companies in the region. As explored in the documentary Power to the People, this phenomenon has altered the population's reliance on profit-centered corporate structures, and empowered their capacity for self-sufficiency. Can a similar movement be made possible in other realms of daily existence such as health care?

When neighbors collaborate to share the costs of alternative energy methods, as it has been done on the Danish island of Samso, the entire community benefits. This is reflected in the savings they enjoy from bypassing the power companies, and the profits they incur from the surplus energies they generate. In addition, the film argues that green energy prices are expected to remain fixed as traditional energy costs continue to rise with each passing decade. The practice also has wider ramifications for the region as a whole; it means additional savings on the price tags of goods and services that customarily inflate with rising fuel and oil costs.

What's occurring in the Netherlands transcends mere economics. By becoming their own suppliers, these consumers band together to form a more tight-knit community; one whose unified voice epitomizes what it means to live in a truly democratic society. Together, they are sidestepping big corporations by crafting an entirely new energy independent future of their own making.

As evidenced in the film, it's just a matter of time before the sustainable energy revolution in Samso begins to take hold throughout the globe. Once consumers embrace the opportunity to become energy independent, they will likely feel inspired to continue the trend in other areas of their lives as well. "The people are taking charge," says Marjan Minnesma, a sustainability accelerator and one of several entrepreneurial subjects featured in the film. "There's social sustainability, meaning people get group insurances, or they cook together or offer care together to keep the elderly at home." Power to the People shows us that the revolution has indeed begun, and there's no limit to what we can achieve when we work together.

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4 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Sandra

    The U.S. isn't doing anything dramatic about energy innovation (wind turbines and solar panels) because the oil companies have got the governmental support of the military in the Middle East to extract oil out of every country there. Our occupations of countries there has nothing to do with Taliban or ISIS or terrorism. It's all about the oil. The oil companies are not interested in Americans adopting self-sustaining renewable energies in their communities. It's all about the money.

  2. Johannus Hoogkamer

    I AM a Canadian (of dutch parents) and i absolutely love what these people are doing. Certainly NOT a fan of big corporations. "Power to the People" is a wonderful way to go (Be). Thoroughly enjoyed this doc. Lets make this happen globally. Love to ALL.

  3. Roger Andout

    Its long been recognised that small (relatively speaking) units perform better than large ones in respect of honesty, dependability and reliability. People feel their contributions are more valued and therefore are closer affiliated to it. The Credit Union is a typical example, notwithstanding that there will always be rogues.
    Why should not all these mini institutions work, if kept to manageable proportions where each feels valued.

  4. naomi

    very educative. i liked it