Power to the People – a new film drilling deep into Cornwall’s energy future


 The latest film by award-winning charity Cornwall Climate Care, looking at the crucial issue of Cornwall’s energy future, is launching with a series of public screenings from late April. 

Power to the People, presented by Cornish surfer and geologist Lucy Cotton, explores the exciting opportunities, huge challenges and frustrating problems facing us in our efforts to wean ourselves off fossil fuels.

With fantastic resources of wind, sun, tides, geothermal heat and critical minerals, Cornwall is in a unique position to drive the whole country’s clean energy revolution. 

However, the UK’s 100-year-old grid infrastructure means this potential can’t currently be harnessed – with new renewables projects unable to get connected until 2036.

Meanwhile, large numbers of people across Cornwall are living in badly insulated homes that they can’t afford to heat due to massive energy price rises caused by our dependence on foreign gas.  

The film covers a wide range of fascinating stories, including:

  • a huge floating offshore wind development planned off the north Cornish coast, which could ultimately generate 30-40% of the entire country's electricity.
  • a farmer who’s found a way to combine food production with solar panels. 
  • the hunt for inspiration in past ways of generating energy – from traditionally coppiced firewood to the potential of our abandoned tin mines.
  • the amazing energy potential of the rocks beneath our feet – now being brought to the surface from deep geothermal wells drilled over 5km down towards the Earth’s core.

This important film will be launching at a series of cinema events – see dates and ticket information below.

All screenings will be attended by contributors from the film and other local energy industry experts, who will take part in a panel discussion afterwards and answer audience questions.


Screening dates


25th April 2024

Screening at The Regal, Wadebridge followed by Q&A

Doors open at 19:30, film screening 19:45

Get your tickets here - Wadebridge Screening

**DISCOUNT FOR WREN MEMBERS: Contact the WREN Board for details**


30th April 2024

Screening Hall, The Savoy, Penzance followed by Q&A

Doors open at 19:30  

Get your tickets here - Penzance Screening 


2nd May 2024

Screening at The Plaza Cinema, Truro and followed by Q&A 

Doors open at 19:30, film screening 19:45

Get your tickets here - Truro Screening


9th May 2024

Screening at Calstock Arts incorporating a Q and A 

Calstock Arts Chapel @ 19:30

Tickets available on the door or here - Calstock Arts Screening 


 26th May 

Screening at Kingsand Community Hall, Maker in Rame followed by Q and A

Doors open at 19:00

Get your tickets here - Kingsand Screening


Follow Cornwall Climate Care on social media for more information about live screenings and online launch of the film in a few months:


About Cornwall’s Climate Stories

Cornwall’s Climate Stories is a series of 30-minute films, which have been praised by Sir David Attenborough.

The documentaries cover a wide range of topics and aim to spark much-needed community conversations and action on the climate crisis. 

Each film is each presented by 'real' people, ranging from fishermen to foragers and trail runners, with stories set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Cornish landscape.

Instead of the usual climate content we see in the media, focusing on faraway places like the Arctic or the Amazon, these films bring the issue into sharp focus right here where we live in the UK. As well as revealing the impacts of climate change and the future outlook, they also focus on positive and unusual stories of solutions, and pioneering individuals 'just getting on with it' to build up resilience to the challenges coming our way.

In post-film feedback surveys, viewers score our films on average at 9.5 out of 10 and most commonly say they leave feeling 'positive', 'inspired' and 'keen to learn more'.


See the first six films in the series here: 

For more information see or contact Gill Scott Anderson on