David's Blog

More Powerful: Almonte’s hydro-powered revival

In the making of my film Powerful: Energy for Everyone, I had the occasion to visit many communities, see interesting projects and interview passionate people of all stripes. I shot over 100 hours of video. Not all could be squeezed into a 95-minute film. This is one of the stories that I would like to [...]

Special Screening of Powerful: Energy for Everyone

Join the Living Lightly team for a special event: the first big-screen showing of David Chernushenko’s Powerful – Energy for Everyone.
This upbeat film looks at how we can make energy more democratic and democracy more energetic. Come and see how the transition to renewable energy can renew us as individuals and society.
Tuesday June 8, 7-9pm (FULL)
9:10-11pm [...]

Have I got a film for you! Powerful is coming soon

Coming soon to a theatre near you! We are aiming to show Powerful – Energy for Everyone in a Special Preview Screening in Ottawa on June 7, 2010. If you want to attend this screening, can’t attend but wish to know about the next one, or want to book a screening when that becomes possible [...]

Power and Energy – Radio discussion

I participated in a live internet radio show with my friend Cara MacMillan on her Voice America show Demand More.
We talk about energy options, the pros and cons of each, and why I came to the conclusion that renewable energy is the way to go, not just for environmental and social reasons, but for economic [...]

Sharing news from a fellow traveller

One of my core philosophies — Living Lightly — has at its heart the belief that you cannot and need not be able to do everything yourself. Our world is full of generous, like-minded people — fellow travellers — who are ready and willing to share what they’ve learned. Organic gardening, cycling in winter, insulating [...]

Powerful: it all starts with me and you

My friend Hugh Robertson has been writing on sustainability issues for a number of years. His core belief is one that I share: all change starts with the individual. Progressive politicians are either responding to the will of individual voters/citizens, or they are enlightened individuals prepared to lead the way but in need of the [...]

Free Windows – a little green humour

There may not be a lot of humour in home energy retrofits and tackling climate change, so you have to seize the moment when it arises. Well, this one came my way courtesy of the Green Collar Association website — thought I would venture it has been going around for awhile (who actually starts a [...]

Making films requires patience

I have learned the hard way that making films takes patience and perseverance. Well, and money too, but I knew that. In my efforts to complete Powerful – Energy for Everyone, I have needed to find all three of these valuable resources. Fortunately between me and my team of editors and network of supporters, we [...]


Meet the eco neighbourhood, Earthsong, just north of Ackland, NewZealand!
Wandering around the lush gardens and orchard in this little block, it feels more like a nature park than a subdivision. There are no roads, just neatly raised walking paths with little streams and gardens all around, bursting with life and beauty. The [...]

Powerful Interviews: Eric Martinot

In this series of extended interviews on green energy and a future powered by renewable power, renewable energy analyst Eric Martinot discusses the growth of the renewable energy industry, the importance of good government policies, and the promising future.
Parts of this interview will be featured in the upcoming David Chernushenko film, Powerful: Energy for Everyone.