21st century problems create strange bedfellows. Actor Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk, Shutter Island, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) was minding his own career and family when a series of coincidences led to his becoming a passionate activist for renewable energy. At this year’s Nantucket Project ideas festival, Ruffalo took the stage along with professor Mark Jacobson and banker Marco Krapels – his partners in a campaign to make the cultural and economic case for ending our dependence on fossil fuels and switching to alternative energy sources like wind and solar.
Ruffalo began his talk by sharing human stories – the voices of people whose families have been affected by pollution from hydrofracturing (fracking), mountaintop removal, and other extreme forms of energy extraction. He presented a short film montage of Americans angered by what they see as the persistent lies of corporations and government, and at seeing themselves and their children treated as acceptable casualties in our increasingly desperate attempts to feed our energy demands.
Mark Alan Ruffalo is an Academy Award-nominated actor, director, producer, screenwriter and co-founder of Water Defense, an organization that works to create "a world where water is safe to drink, a world where the oceans don't rise and the economy is powered by clean, sustainable sources of energy like wind, water and solar."