Asking the tough questions on our future energy supply

Thursday, 7 March 2013

An acclaimed documentary film that explores the hard choices facing our increasingly energy-hungry world will be screened at the University of Adelaide next week on Tuesday 12 March at 6pm.

The screening will be followed by a Question and Answer panel session featuring leading energy and environment experts from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado and filmmaker Harry Lynch.

The film Switch follows US energy expert and co-producer of the film Dr Scott Tinker as he visits energy sites around the world, most of them highly restricted and never seen before on film.

In the film, Dr Tinker seeks answers from government, industry and academia about some of the important questions on energy: How dangerous is nuclear? Can renewable energies meet our energy needs? What are the issues with shale gas?

Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, which seeks to build global understanding of energy issues. The project was created by Arcos Films, and is directed and co-produced by documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch. The project also includes a website ( of 300 videos and other education materials on energy topics.

The Q&A panel will be made up of:

  • Professor John Kaldi, Chair of Geosequestration, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide and Chief Scientist, Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC);

  • Harry Lynch, Switch director and co-producer and founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company focused on building a practical understanding of today's most pressing social issues;

  • Professor Barry Brook, Director of Climate Science, Environment Institute and the Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, University of Adelaide;

  • Professor Paul Weimer, Professor and Bruce Benson Endowed Chair, University of Colorado at Boulder and immediate past president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

WHAT: 'Switch: Discover the Future of Energy' screening and Q&A panel session
WHERE: Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide
WHEN: 6.00pm-8.30pm, Tuesday 12 March
COST: Free - all welcome. Register at


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