Energy and Morality
The complex relationship of energy use to different value systems.
A thought-provoking film that explores the complex relationship of energy use to different value systems. One predominant view is that living things tend to develop patterns that maximize their use of energy and that therefore in human societies it is economics that designs ethics. Another viewpoint presented by Amory Lovins and E.F. Schumacher is that ethics can, or should, redesign human economics to be in accord with nature's economy.
Directed by Swain Wolfe
Produced by Bitterroot Films
Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1981
Copyright Date: 1981
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-793-0
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-272-5
"Unlike most films about energy, ENERGY AND MORALITY is deeply philosophical, asking questions about how energy use affects our society, our values, ourselves... It raised many questions that I had never asked before. For the energy professional, or educators involved in energy education, I would highly recommend the film... It can be used in a wide range of classes, including science, social studies, political science, and philosophy. It is suitable for high-ability high school students, typical college students, or adults."
Journal of College Science Teaching
"Contains some of the most memorable images of any film previewed, and introduces an entirely untouched and important area of concern in energy. I will not soon forget this film -- and I can say that only about a handful of films I have seen, out of hundreds screened in my life."
Ron Rollet, Editor, Film Library Quarterly, and Professor of Environmental Communications, Univ. of Michigan
"Unlike most films about energy, ENERGY AND MORALITY is deeply philosophical, asking questions about how energy use affects our society, our values, ourselves... " Journal of College Science Teaching
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