The world's oil reserves are severely and irreparably depleted. The ensuing debacle inspires a militarized rift between the United States and China. The world stands on the precipice of war. The only factor standing in the way of catastrophic global conflict are a pair of scientists - one from each of the two warring nations - who race against the clock to realize the full capabilities of their latest discovery, and thus put an end to the ongoing energy crisis.
The setup might read like the latest Hollywood disaster movie, but the logic behind it is anything but. A highly informed peek into the future utilizing both dramatic narrative and fact-based scientific research, The World in 50 Years: Global Community follows these scientists as they desperately pursue a sustainable energy alternative. The result is both academic and exhilarating.
We already witness the growing paranoia of the Earth's dwindling energy resources today. In the next five decades, this crisis will become even more pronounced and will drive an increasingly urgent call for solutions that are clean and limitless. In anticipation of this inevitable dilemma, scientists and researchers are currently investing significant time and dollars in harvesting the potential of one such source: the sun.
The film contains insights from the top figures in the scientific field, and introduces us to several of the real-life researchers who are currently working toward a future where solar energy powers the world. The biggest drawback to their efforts involves the logistics of travelling and working in space. In response to this challenge, teams of space scientists are developing revolutionary nano-particle technologies which will allow them to easily transfer materials into orbit, and absorb usable energy from the sun's endless supply in a consistently cost-effective and efficient manner.
Their work could cause a seismic shift in improving geopolitical relations, world economies, our daily way of life, and the sustainability of our planet. The third episode of a highly acclaimed series, The World in 50 Years: Global Community is a gripping reminder of the dangers that lie in waiting, and the creative solutions which may ultimately serve as our salvation.