“Switch” is More Than a Documentary About Energy

By the time you finish reading this sentence, the world might already be different. Why? Because it sometimes takes only a second for change and innovation to happen. Today, we live in a society where everything is processed fast. Every day, technology is evolving, trying to make our lives better and sometimes succeeding.

However, there is a price to pay for that isn’t there? We are extremely dependent on energy for almost everything: the electricity used in a factory, the fuel we put in our cars or the electricity we use to charge our personal gadgets. Instead of using renewable and clean sources of energy, we insist on using oil, gas and coal. And to find out the consequences of those practices, you only need to open a newspaper and read the dreadful news about global warming and natural catastrophes.

Ok, so now what? We have to do something, right? Yes, that’s the spirit. There are several solutions to maintain the growth of our society without affecting the world we live in. The documentary “Switch” tries to show what can be done.

So, unlike other documentaries, “Switch” doesn’t focus on the problem. Instead, it prefers to focus on the solution. It does not attempt to simply determine the best technology, but to show them all, pointing out the pros and the cons, and leave the decision to you, the viewers. Something like: “We have these power sources and they do this. Now choose the option that you think is the best”.

Why Watch Another Documentary About Energy?

The documentary “Switch” aims to give an unbiased view of a subject encumbered with many myths and false assumptions, trying to remain as clear and objective as possible. The interviewees were selected according to their deep knowledge and represent a wide range of important people from several areas, from industry to government, academia and NGOs.

documentary-about-energyThe Washington Post described “Switch” as a refreshing documentary capable of finding a “scrupulously neutral track between extremes”: the environmentalists who harshly defend that green is the solution, and the great business owners who have profit as their main objective.

Released in 2012, the documentary took a total of 3 years of filming and post-production. The project “fathers” are the filmmaker Harry Lynch and the geologist Scott Tinker. The two decided to register the everyday changes and show the advances made in every energy source – from fossil energy to nuclear and renewable one. Since its release, the film was seen by nearly 4 million people and is considered a reference to academic entities.

Back to the title of this article: why is “Switch” more than a documentary about energy?


Well, it is a good thing: the huge success of the film inspired the authors to create a larger project with the same name. Switch Energy Project aims to become an educational project funded by individual donors and foundations. In fact, the project has already started and keeps presenting new energy solutions regularly. Visit the official website and switch your view about energy sources.

Who’s Behind “Switch”

Scott Tinker plays the actor role during the documentary. The energy specialist joined forces with Harry Lynch, an award-winning director, writer and producer. The overall result was extremely positive and was only possible because of the united experience of both experts.

Being a successful cinematographer, Harry Lynch has worked in many areas. “Switch” is his 6th film and 2nd web project. The filmmaker worked in the Canadian IMAX, co-founded Trinity Films and founded Arcos Films.

On the other hand, Scott Tinker is an academic with experience as director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, where he is in charge of leading a team with around 200 scientists. During his ongoing career, Tinker has given more than 500 lectures and worked as an adviser in public and private boards of enterprises or projects energy related.


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Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan is a staunch solar promoter, serial entrepreneur & management consultant. He has a decade of experience in solar PV, disruptive technologies and political consultancy in USA and India. He believes that development of solar and other renewable technologies is critical to India's energy security. Gayrajan holds a Masters and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from USA. Follow him on Twitter to gain daily industry insights.
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