Dr. Scott Tinker visits a hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia

Dr. Scott Tinker visits a hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia. The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will host an online discussion with Tinker Thursday.

by Leadville Herald Staff

The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series is bringing back Dr. Scott Tinker with his new documentary, “Switch On.”

In January 2013, Tinker screened and discussed his first documentary, “Switch.” While “Switch” looked at energy in the developed world, “Switch On” takes viewers on a new adventure across the developing world.

Billions of people in the developing world lack safe and reliable energy, impacting lighting, literacy and education, water and food supply, communication and technology, health care, trade and the economy, social programs and government.

According to Tinker, what the United Nations calls “energy poverty” is one of the most profound challenges in the world today, causing suffering and instability in many countries. However, leaders, entrepreneurs and citizens are standing up to bring power to their people.

“Switched On” takes the viewer to the Maasai savannah of Kenya and its newest hydroelectric dam; into the coal towns, ports, power plants and mines of growing Vietnam; across Nepal with an environmental health scientist, studying people’s transition from a dangerous cooking fuel killing millions per year to a safe one; and to the Arhuaco people of Northern Colombia where solar energy is used for the first time.

Participants can view a trailer and watch “Switch On” anytime until Thursday, when Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will host Tinker for a discussion of the film via Zoom.

To view the film, create a login for the “Switch On” website by visiting switchon.org/films/switch-on/. Click the “sign up for free” button in the upper-right corner of the screen to create your login.

The Zoom discussion with Dr. Tinker will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday. For instructions on how to participate via Zoom, visit the forum website at collegiatepeaksforum.org/ and click the “special events” tab in the upper-right corner of the welcome screen.

The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, now in its 18th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida. For more information, visit collegiatepeaksforum.org.

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