‘Bromate’: The Spirit That Drives Solar
Messages about climate change and renewable energy form the basis of a new bro-mantic comedy coming to cinemas next month.
at”Bromate,” directed by Court Crandall (“Old School”) and starring Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”) and Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”), a pair of lifelong friends—Sid, a passionate solar panel salesman, and Jonesie, an eccentric , foolhardy womanizer-gets dumped by his girlfriend living on the same day and going to move in with each other. Through misadventures that finally lead to a strange encounter with the rapper Snoop Dogg (played by himself), Sid excitedly tells everyone he meets-even women who try to flirt with-about the benefits of solar energy, both for the environment and for energy savings.
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The inclusion of solar factoids is very intentional. This film is the brainchild of Chris Kemper, CEO of a solar company Palmetto, who co-wrote the script with Crandall. Kemper compared “Bromates” to “Don’t Look” as another example of a fun comedy with an underlying message about the environment.
“You can take this narrative and make people more mainstream, but subtle, it doesn’t have to be in your face,” said Kemper. “So it’s more of a dialogue. Like, after the movie, you’re talking to your friends about, that kind of thing.
The film will hit theaters in the US on October 7.
Ethereum 99.992 Percent Carbon Footprint Reduction
The Ethereum blockchain is undergoing a major software update this week experts have compared to converting a gas-powered vehicle to an electric vehicle while the car is in motion. A a report by the Crypto Carbon Ratings Institute found the update has reduced the electricity consumption of the blockchain-which supports the second largest cryptocurrency, Ether-by 99.988 percent, and the carbon footprint by 99.992 percent.
On Thursday, the long-awaited Ethereum “unite,” as it is known, changes the foundation of the blockchain without disrupting investment after almost two years of preparation. The combination changes the way transactions are validated in this cryptocurrency model, which unlike traditional currency systems is not supported by a centralized institution.
The basics of the merger are complicated, but this is the essence of what happened: the Ethereum blockchain previously relied on “proof of work“A security method, where energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining computers solve complex equations to validate transactions with other cryptocurrency exchanges, to “proof of stake“way, where the important investor validates the transaction, issuing part of the investment as a type of guarantee to be honest in the validation.
Moving to “proof of stake” has long been seen as the most important way to reduce the carbon footprint of the crypto industry. White House Report out this month it is estimated that crypto activity in the United States leads to approximately 25 to 50 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, equal to the amount of sparks of diesel fuel used in the country’s railroads.
“Evidence is wasteful work by design,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. “And the combination shows that a code change from proof of work to proof of stake is possible.”
Now that Ethereum has made this change, the pressure is on for Bitcoin to follow suit. Bitcoin accounts for roughly two-thirds of the electricity used by the crypto industry worldwide, according to a White House report. Environmental Working Group, Greenpeace and other organizations has launched a campaign urging leaders in technology and finance who have large investments in Bitcoin and may have influence in the Bitcoin community to move blockchain to proof of stake.
But if Bitcoin doesn’t make a difference, Faber says the government should step in and create energy efficiency standards for the crypto industry. The Biden administration appears willing to act based on recommendations in this month’s report.
“This is an important moment that should cause the Bitcoin community to understand that the financial future of this asset depends on this code change,” said Faber. “Smart people will not invest in financial security that will produce climate pollution.”
Listening to Young People on Climate
Young people have been front and center in climate advocacy in recent years as the population that will live in 2050 and beyond, when the worst effects of climate change begin to occur unless drastic action is taken now. Inspired by young activists, a public radio climate podcast gives the microphone to local eighth graders.
Two reporters from High Ground, a podcast from WSHU, spent the spring with an after-school science-education program in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Many students have learned about climate change in school and know what is happening to the planet, said co-host JD Allen, a WSHU reporter. While students are familiar with Greta Thunberg and other activists who blame politicians and corporations for inaction, Allen said, many don’t understand how climate change is happening in their own backyards.
Allen and co-host, Sabrina Garone, taught the children how to use recording equipment and encouraged them to discover the effects of climate change in their neighborhood. The five-episode podcast, funded by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop, offers a look into the minds of teenagers as they search for these effects and wonder why they happen. The students not only found a problem, Allen said, but they began to think of solutions.
“He blew me out of the water. He was right,” he said. He remembers one young student who started the unit wondering if the shade tree in front of him had been cut down, and just a few weeks later, this student came up with the idea of how to plant trees in Bridgeport to increase shade and reduce it. the effects of extreme heat.
“If we listen to young people and their ideas, and we present them to policymakers,” Allen said, “I hope the podcast listeners can ask themselves, ‘Well, what ideas can come from young people in my community?’ “
Climate Change Advocates and ‘False Social Reality’
While roughly two-thirds of Americans support climate policy, most people in the country estimate that the climate-conscious percentage represents just over one-third of the population.
Researchers drew this conclusion from a survey of more than 6,000 Americans and publish their views last month in the journal Nature Communications. Americans of all ages, education levels and political groups strongly underestimate the broader population’s concerns about climate change and support for climate policies that researchers call a “false social reality.”
“When supporters outnumber opponents two to one, people think it’s the other way around,” said study author Gregg Sparkman, an assistant professor at Boston College. “And so, many Americans feel concerned about climate change or maybe they feel they want to act on the issue, but others don’t.”
Sparkman said he was surprised at just how big the gap was. “People are not only few, but they are able to turn the perception of the majority of Americans into a minority that is surprising to us.”
More research needs to be done to find out exactly why Americans lack awareness of support for climate policy, Sparkman said, but this disconnect could cause people to withhold or reduce their views on climate policy if they believe others don’t. don’t care about climate change. “If I’m worried about climate change, but I don’t think other people are, if I have that thought, I might think I’m overreacting, it might not be a big deal,” Sparkman said.
He hopes that the climate policies in the Inflation Reduction Act along with ongoing public opinion polls on Americans’ views on climate change will help dispel this false social reality.
“This signal we hope will come together and help dispel this kind of myth that Americans are not worried about climate change,” said Sparkman. “Hopefully, this will create a better narrative that reflects that the United States is a nation that wants an ambitious climate policy.”