Henry Red Cloud

Henry Red Cloud Featured in 'This Changes Everything' Film

Director Avi Lewis' new film, This Changes Everything, asks the question "What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world?" The film attempts to "re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change."

The documentary was inspired by award-winning author Naomi Klein’s critically acclaimed worldwide bestselling non-fiction book This Changes Everything. Published in 2014, it debuted at #5 on the New York Times list and at #1 in Canada. It was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014, and was shortlisted for the PEN Award for Non-Fiction.

The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. 

This Changes Everything crew filming students at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. (Photo by Alexis Bonogofsky)

This Changes Everything crew filming students at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. (Photo by Alexis Bonogofsky)

We had the honor of welcoming the film crew to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in March of 2013 where they filmed one of our Solar PV workshops for Native Americans, which we hosted in partnership with Trees, Water & People and the National Wildlife Federation’s Tribal Lands Conservation Program

With Klein narrating, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there, the film weaves together stories of struggle from the front lines of the climate war, culminating with the idea "that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better."

Naomi Klein writes, "But when I finally stopped looking away, traveled into the heart of the crisis, met people on the front lines, I discovered so much of what I thought I knew was wrong. And I began to wonder: what if human nature isn’t the problem? What if even greenhouse gases aren’t the problem? What if the real problem is a story, one we’ve been telling ourselves for 400 years."

For information about upcoming screenings of This Changes Everything please visit www.thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/screenings/

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Training the Next Generation of Solar Warriors

Students received hands-on training in Solar PV from a variety of renewable energy experts, including Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises.

Students received hands-on training in Solar PV from a variety of renewable energy experts, including Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises.

At the end of July, Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) owner Henry Red Cloud had the honor of teaching a Solar Energy Workshop that brought Native Americans from around the country to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The workshop explored basics of solar energy and culminated in a hands-on installation at the KILI Radio station, Voice of the Lakota Nation, where students expanded an already existing solar PV array.

Trent Williams (left), a member of the Tule River Tribe, gains hands-on experience with installing solar energy with one the pioneers of the field, Johnny Weiss (right).

Trent Williams (left), a member of the Tule River Tribe, gains hands-on experience with installing solar energy with one the pioneers of the field, Johnny Weiss (right).

On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Lakota, over 40 percent of residents live without access to electricity. On Native American Reservations across the U.S., the Energy Information Administration estimates that 14 percent of households have no access to electricity, 10 times higher than the national average. Many tribes are looking to renewable energy as a way to provide reliable, clean energy to their tribal members.

Jeff Tobe shares his extensive solar energy knowledge with student Hazen Lamere, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Tribe.

Jeff Tobe shares his extensive solar energy knowledge with student Hazen Lamere, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Tribe.

LSE works with environmental nonprofit Trees, Water & People to help facilitate this transition to clean, renewable energy on tribal lands. By teaching Native Americans about alternative energy, such as solar PV, we are fostering a new generation of Solar Warriors that will be at the forefront of the tribal energy sovereignty movement. Power to the people!

To learn more about our work with Trees, Water & People please visit www.solarwarriors.org.

Fast Company Names Henry Red Cloud One of 2015's Most Creative People

Henry shows students at a workshop how to install a solar PV system.

Henry shows students at a workshop how to install a solar PV system.

Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises and a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People of 2015 for his work bringing solar energy to tribal lands. 

Henry has helped thousands of Native Americans gain access to cleaner and cheaper sources of renewable energy through his innovative solar heating designs and solar PV. In addition, he has trained hundreds of tribal members in renewable energy and sustainable building, helping to spread clean energy to other reservations around the country.

I share and I talk and listen to the elders of our community or for that matter any elder or older person—non-native, native—and listen to them and get direction, understanding, guidance there.
— Henry Red Cloud

To read the full article from Fast Company click here.