The Solutions Grassroots Tour: Solar Home Companion with Josh Fox & Friends
March 8th at 3:00 PM
SUNY Plattsburgh/Yokum Auditorium (200)
101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh NY
Hosted by: People for Positive Action
Conceived and directed by Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-Winning filmmaker and activist Josh Fox, The Solutions Grassroots Tour: “A Solar Home Companion” combines classic storytelling and great music with roll-up-your sleeves organizing to look at the impacts of fossil fuel development and provide a vision for developing renewable energy like no other event on the planet.
Lightly parodying NPR/Garrison Keillor’s popular “A Prairie Home Companion” the show is like an old-fashioned variety show, with music, stories, film sequences, and Americana but with a new twist: this show teaches it’s audience how to go renewable and how to organize for a sustainable future.
“We’re very excited about where New York state is headed” says Josh Fox, director of the tour “Governor Cuomo has shown bold and brave leadership in banning fracking in New York, now we have to do the next step: build renewable energy and sustainable communities. We’re hoping this tour can help jumpstart the process. Zephyr Teachout’s campaign built grassroots strength across NY, now she is joining us to use that network to build renewable energy and strengthen democracy, we’re excited about her joining us.”
Music and Renewable Energy Under One Roof
In addition to Josh Fox’s banjo playing the tour will feature a musical artist at most locations as well as a renewable energy expert who can answer questions about solar, wind, and local renewable energy providers. Bethany and Rufus, the acclaimed voice and cello duo, Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Vanessa Bley of Twin Danger are some of the artists who have committed to at least one date one the tour. You never know who might show up to play!
And if that wasn’t all “A Solar Home Companion” will include never before seen sneak peek clips of Fox’s new film on climate change, a world spanning new look at the climate crisis. Fox travels to the Amazon, Africa, Iceland, the American West to witness climate change first hand and bring inspirational stories of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis around the world.
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About Josh Fox
“Josh Fox has truly galvanized a movement. From his initial debut film Gasland that clearly identified problems associated with energy extraction here in the US, to the follow-up Gasland Part II that so poignantly made important connections between energy choices, energy policy, environmental degradation and degradation of democracy, Josh Fox is one of the most important voices of our time. He’s tying this all together in his next film, as he applies his artistic sensibilities, compelling passion about the world we inhabit, and astute observation to the defining environmental problem of our age: climate change.
Josh is a hero to many of us, if only for the fact that he is able to provide us with an example of a catalyst of change in the face of seemingly greater and greater forces coalescing to operate against positive change and to continue to institutionalize business as usual. Josh defies this. And, in seeing his work and his passion for a better world, one can’t help but to be changed as well. Our community is so fortunate to have the opportunity to host the Solutions Grassroots tour.” ~Lauren Eastwood, Department of Sociology, SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Josh Fox is best known as the writer/director of GASLAND Parts I and II. Among numerous honors, together the films garnered an Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary and an Emmy for best Documentary Directing. Along with four other Emmy nominations, the films also received the Sundance Special Jury Prize for documentary, two Environmental Media Association Awards for Best Documentary and widespread HBO distribution. Fox is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development. He is also the founder and producing artistic director of the International WOW Company.
Josh has toured to over 300 cities with his films and plays. As a national spokesman on the issues of the contamination resulting from fossil fuel extraction, Josh has appeared on numerous news programs.