Trailer for "The Solar Nation of Tokelau"
Produced for ARTE TV in Europe, this documentary shows how a small Pacific island nation switched its power supply to 100% solar energy, thus becoming the first nation in the world to be free of CO2 emissions and having the most sustainable power generation on earth.
It also shows all aspects of life on small atolls in the Pacific, the role of the church and old Polynesian traditions. Tokelau has a unique social system, called "Inati", where all resources and work are shared by the community. We also learn about current threats to low lying atolls, like climate change and the resulting storm flooding. And international fishing pirates taking away the one food source from which atoll dwellers make a living.
Tokelau is very remote and hard to reach, far from the major shipping routes, it has no harbour and no airstrip, only an irregular ferry service from Samoa. That's why the film crew decided to travel on a "Vaka", a modern replica of a traditional sailing canoe, on which Polynesians settled the Pacific islands thousands of years ago.
HD video: 1280 x 720 MP4
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