Sustainable Living Seminar - The Burden

The_Burden_FilmWedndesday, Feb. 17, 2016     
6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

Did you know that the U.S, military is currently the world's single largest institutional consumer of energy, and the United States alone uses 20% of the total global oil supply?  The Burden highlights how heavy reliance upon oil and other fossil fuels poses a variety of national security concerns, including:

  • The vulnerability of troops and loss of lives and money resulting from the need to protect and defend fuel convoys in war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq,
  • The strategic and economic costs of keeping oil rich areas of the world open,
  • How climate change will increae the need for the military to respond to natural disasters, and other emerging global security challenges.

The Burden presents the determined voices of advocates for breaking America's addiction to fossil fuels as essential to improving our national security. Featuring high-level active duty and retired military leaders, elected officials and others, the film illustrates a tale of energy innovation.  Some of our country's most vital consumer technologies emerged out of military needs, such as the Internet and GPS, and the military is poised to play the same role again with energy.

However, as the film highlights, the fossil fuel industry's powerful political influence poses major challenges to successfully developing renewable energy alternatives. But the resolute advocates featured in The Burden are determined to break the energy impasse in order to improve American security and prosperity. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is featured in the documentary.

You will hear from veterans Mayor Greg Ballard and Dan Martin about their experience transporting oil in a war zone, and thoughts on what we can do to break our addiction and improve national security.  Martin is a veteran representative of Operation Free, a campaign of the Truman National Security Project. Mayor Jim Brainard will speak to some of the Carmel's green initiatives.








IUPUI Office of Sustainabiltiy

St. Luke's United Methodist Church

Central Indiana OFA

Citizen's Climate Lobby

Ask Renee, Indiana Living Green

St. Thomas Aquinas Creation Care Ministry

Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light