Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  36 minutes
Date:  1982
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Lovins on the Soft Path

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Hunter and Amory Lovins make the case for energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Lovins on the Soft Path

'We're in the position of somebody that can't keep the bathtub full because the water keeps running out. Before we buy a bigger water heater, we ought to get a plug.' -- Amory Lovins

Since the 1970s Hunter and Amory Lovins have been the foremost proponents of an energy policy that concentrates on efficiency and the appropriate use of renewable energy sources such as the sun, wind, and water. The Lovinses call this the 'soft path' and in this classic film argue for its practicality as opposed to the 'hard path' which favors increased energy production and the use of coal and nuclear power.

'What can a half-hour film about energy planning say that hasn't been said before? Practically everything when it's LOVINS ON THE SOFT PATH.' Solar Age

'An energy revolution without fanfare-presented so clearly you wonder why you didn't know it already.' David Brower, Friends of the Earth

'Skillfully structured to hold audience interest and for ease of comprehension, this Blue Ribbon winner is a stimulating choice for high school and college courses and for public library screenings.' Booklist


Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival
Best of Festival, National Assn for Environmental Education Film Festival
Best Science and Technology Film, San Francisco International Film Festival
Best Energy Film, Audubon International Environmental Film Festival


Main credits

Lynde, George C (Director)
Prager, Marjorie (Screenwriter)

Other credits

Camera, Kevin Burke; editors, Diane Hodgman, Ollie Hallowell, Bebe Nixon; music, Paul Winter Consort, Emil Ascher, Inc.

Distributor credits

George C. Lynde, Jr.
Executive Producer: Nelson B. Robinson
Associate Producer for ECEC Films: Roberta Gibb-Welch
Writer: Marjorie Prager
Camera: Kevin Burke
Animation: Salvatore Raciti
Narration: Robert J. Lurtsema
Editors: Diane Hodgman, Ollie Hallowell, Bebe Nixon
Music: Paul Winter Consort
Produced for Essex County
Ecology Center Films, Inc. by Envision Corporation, Boston

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
Business, Labor and Economics
Environmental Design
Local Economies
Science and Technology
Urban Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Local Economies
Political Science
Renewable Energy
Science, Technology, Society
Urban and Regional Planning


Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins, energy policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, soft energy path, solar energy, wind energy, hydro power, hard energy path, coal, nuclear power, soft path, hard path, Paul Winter Consort; "Lovins on the Soft Path"; Bullfrog Films

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