January 15, 2008
For Immediate Release
(Washington, D.C.) This morning, humanist and AHA member Michael McOmber drove the lead vehicle in the Biodiesel-Fuelled Convoy launching the Fields of Fuel National Edutainment Action Tour (NEAT). The trip, going from Flower Avenue in Venice, California, to Park City, Utah, is tied to the release of the documentary, “Fields of Fuel” at the Sundance Film Festival. The vehicles in the convoy were of various makes and models, all fuelled on B100.
Josh Tickell, the creator of “Fields of Fuel” and the man who drove across America in a Winnebago fueled solely through used cooking oil from fast food restaurants, officially launched the convoy with a speech to inspire his supporters. He declared: “You are not going to Sundance to promote a film. You’re going to Sundance to lead the world in a peaceful energy revolution. You are the leaders, the soldiers selected to carry our message to millions of people, starting at Sundance. Few other revolutions have been this peaceful. No other is as important as this one today. What we’re talking about is a global shift in consciousness.”
The convoy is expected to arrive in Park City tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday.
The American Humanist Association is a partner and fiscal sponsor of the 90-minute documentary that chronicles one man’s search for an alternative to America’s dependence on foreign oil. Filmed over the past 12 years in 5 countries by a team of scientists and filmmakers lead by Tickell, who is an alternative energy activist and humanist, the documentary explores fossil fuel production and its impacts and provides innovative, ethical and practical solutions. Most importantly, it empowers individuals to change their own energy use as well as the energy use of their communities.
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The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.