If you’ve watched the environmental documentary "FUEL", which investigates the problems of fossil fuels and suggests cleaner ways of getting us around, you may be even more devastated and angry about the Gulf oil spill, a sad and clear illustration of the fact that we’re still addicted to fossil fuels.
But don’t just weep over opportunities lost. In response to the Gulf oil spill, the makers of "FUEL" are hitting the streets — and want you to join them. If you’re in Los Angeles or New Orleans, you can be a part of the clean energy solution.
In Los Angeles, the "FUEL" team has organized L.A. Get Off Oil Day — a call to action complete with a news conference and eco car rally on the South Lawn of Los Angeles City Hall. All Angelenos are encouraged show up June 22 at 1 p.m. — wearing black in support of getting America off oil, particularly with the help of the 30/10 plan to build out big L.A.-area transit projects in 10 years instead of 30.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Jan Perry will be joined by local public and alternative transit advocates like Denny Zane of Move L.A., environmental organizations like Sierra Club and NRDC, eco-celebs like Ed Begley Jr. and Peter Fonda, and of course, filmmaker Josh Tickell and others behind "FUEL".
A week later in New Orleans, the "FUEL" team will screen the film at the Canal Place Theater on June 28, starting at 7 p.m. Then on June 29, New Orleans will see a peaceful March for Clean Energy. There’ll be a biodiesel bus, an algae car, and marchers wearing black trash bags — who’ll lay down in front of Jackson Square to create a public art project spelling out “Spill Baby Spill.” The goal of the event: To push for $5 billion towards creating clean energy jobs in New Orleans. Don’t worry — the plastic bags will be reused to pick up trash around the area post-art demo.
Meet fellow environmentalists and make your voice heard from L.A. to Louisiana. Haven’t seen "FUEL" yet? The eco-documentary is now out on DVD for $24.95.