This is an exciting time to be alive: we are living witnesses to the third energy revolution.
- The first energy revolution – wood to coal – was in the second half of the 18th century with the invention of the steam engine;
- The second energy revolution – coal to oil/gas – at the beginning of the 20th century with the invention of the internal combustion engine;
- The third energy revolution – oil/gas to renewables – is currently underway.
Some have described this third energy revolution as a tsunami. I would add: a tsunami that has already crested. There is no turning back. As an artivist, I am inspired by a sense of awakening, by the promise of clean abundance, of jobs, and justice. No more wars for oil.
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The dominant visuals in our collective memory of the third energy revolution to date are…
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