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Find Your Science at GSA
31 Oct. 2012
GSA Release No. 12-80
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
Scott TinkerDr. Scott Tinker. Photo credit: Click on image for print-resolution photo.
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What Does Our Energy Future Look Like? Free Public Screening of SWITCH

The Geological Society of America (GSA) Sponsors Showing at McGlohon Theater in Charlotte

Boulder, Colorado, USA – Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear power? Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Can we clean up coal? Can renewables really power our future? Charlotte area residents are invited to a FREE public screening of SWITCH — the new award-winning feature documentary that moves past the politics to deliver straight answers on energy -- being shown in conjunction with the Geological Society of America’s 124th Annual Meeting and Exposition.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, 5 November
WHERE: McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 North College St., Charlotte, NC 28202
HOW: Free tickets are available at

The film is narrated by renowned energy expert and visionary, Dr. Scott Tinker, as he travels the world exploring leading energy sites -- from coal to solar, oil to biofuels — most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry, and academia and then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future that is as surprising as it is practical. Tinker will be on hand for a Q&A session following the Charlotte showing.

As no documentary before it, SWITCH has been embraced across the energy spectrum: environmentalists and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and economists. The Washington Post recently called SWITCH "smart and refreshingly free of hot air," while DC Film Review called it "must-see entertainment for every person in America." SWITCH is screening in major U.S. markets this fall and internationally next spring.

"GSA is proud to sponsor this unique educational opportunity for residents of our host city," says GSA Executive Director Jack Hess. "A large part of GSA's mission is to support earth science education and the application of geoscience knowledge to human needs and to Earth stewardship. An informed public is the best way to meet the challenges ahead, and this film is an important first step."

The film is just one part of a larger initiative, the Switch Energy Project, which includes a huge video-driven website with more than five hours of short clips organized by topic; a video-driven primary education program developed with the American Geosciences Institute, coming in 2013; and the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, a university program to help a new generation shape our energy future. For more information, go to

About Dr. Scott Tinker
Dr. Scott Tinker has been exploring energy for 30 years. His passion is bringing government, industry and academia together to solve some of the world's toughest challenges. Toward that end he has given nearly 500 invited and keynote lectures in nearly 50 countries. Dr. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas. He is a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair of Subsurface Geology and the acting Associate Dean of Research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to the Bureau, he worked for Marathon Oil's Research Division.

About Film Director Harry Lynch
For 17 years, Harry Lynch has been a documentary director, producer, writer, cinematographer and soundtrack producer, whose films include Switch, Unconventional, Recapturing Cuba, Ride Around the World and Making the Modern. He is the co-founder of Trinity Films, and the founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company dedicated to building awareness and understanding of the most important issues of our time.

About The Geological Society of America
Founded in 1888, GSA is a scientific society anchored in history, and shaping the future with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and professional practice in more than 100 countries around the world. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.