Don’t laugh at our provinciality over here in Israel – but when someone like Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter and! filmmaker Thomas Friedman comes to town we get really excited. Following in the footsteps of Israel’s successful environmental film festival, Ecocinema, Friedman will be in Jerusalem’s Cinemateque this Wednesday evening to screen his film Addicted to Oil to an Israeli audience. The meet is being sponsored by Ecocinema Israel -- the Israeli International Environmental Film Festival and Greencourse -- the student run environmental activist group. We are pretty sure the screening is free as long as you RSVP in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the screening, reports Tzur Mishal from Ecocinama, Tom Friedman and member of Israeli parliament Dov Chanin will hold a discussion about what Israel can do in the face of global warming. Addicted to Oil is a one-hour documentary, reported by prize-winning foreign affairs columnist, Friedman, who explores his ideas for a "geo-green alternative," a multilayered strategy for tackling a host of problems, from the funding of terrorist supporters through our gasoline purchases, to strengthening our economy through innovative technology.
The film examines a wide variety of developments taking place across the energy spectrum, from hybrid car enthusiasts who are converting their autos into "plug-ins" and getting 300 miles to a gallon of gas, to the current state of the hydrogen fuel cell. Other areas explored include "flex-fuel" vehicles that can run on an assortment of biofuels such as ethanol, which emits virtually no greenhouse gases and can be made from almost any biomass — like sugar cane, corn and even certain types of grass. (For example, in Brazil, 40 percent of all fuel used by drivers is ethanol.) Solar and especially wind power have made great advances in practical technologies that are increasingly being used throughout the world. We'll also look at new "clean and green" coal plants that are being designed to sequester al carbon dioxide emissions. ::Ecocinema