Cab driver

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    Transcript: A taxi ride to a sustainable energy future

    The film is a combination of animated characters and a filmed cab. The principal character is a taxi driver. An ordinary guy except… he’s remarkably well informed about the energy challenge and has a navigation system with extraterrestrial mapping. The second character is a passenger, whose reactions bring some extra humour to the scene.

Cab driver: (chatty, friendly) Where to?

Fare: Don’t suppose you know the way to a sustainable energy future,

    do you?

Cab driver taps into navigation system

Cab driver: Sustainable… energy… okay, let’s go.

    Tell me, er, do you believe in aliens?

Fare: Aliens?

    Cab driver: Imagine there really are little green men up there. Observing us.

    Been watching us since the dawn of time. At first we seemed

    harmless enough as we dragged our knuckles across the savannah.

    Playing with our fiddly tools. Inventing the wheel. They probably

    found us quite entertaining. Intelligent, even.

     But the smarter we got, well, we didn’t seem quite so harmless.

    As far as the aliens are concerned, we’re a bit too haphazard.

    They’d love to invite us up to the intergalactic party. But they’re

    worried we’d leave the lights on, that sort of thing. We need to get

    better at seeing the bigger picture. We need to face the energy


Fare: Ah, the energy challenge.

Cab-driver: Will we be able to produce enough of the stuff? When we do get on

    with each other, we get on, well very well indeed if you take my

    meaning. In fact, so well that, by 2050, there’ll be at least 9 billion

    of us.

    And all over the world, more of us than ever will have cars,

    holidays and those nifty little nose trimmer things. You got one of

    those? Very handy as you get older.

    So the challenge is how to make it all add up.

    If you look at the possibilities, anything could happen of course.

    But looking at the likely ones, there’s a couple of scenarios

    definitely worth checking out.

Satnav offers choice of two routes. First we go down ‘Scramble’

    One is that we scramble like demented badgers over resources,

    each to his own, pretending everything is business as usual.

Fare: But surely governments will take the necessary…

Cab-driver: You’d think so wouldn’t ya? But with all that pressure to get

    enough energy they might well prioritise the day-to-day, putting

    off the big discussions so we end up lurching from one crisis to


    Supply for fuel gets short, prices go up again and again. Big shock.

    So we focus on producing more energy. Forgetting all that climate

    change. Then surprise, surprise, something happens to the climate.

    Thunder, lightening, another big shock.

    Scramble will be a constant game of catch-up, until we’re so far off

    the intergalactic party circuit we’d be lucky to get invited for


Fare: So why don’t we go that way – Blueprints?

Next we go down ‘Blueprints’ on Sat Nav

    Cab-driver: That’s a good point. There is another option, where we work

    together as a team. People all over the world start taking action

    making proposals, sharing ideas, taking the future into their own


    They get the governments to change laws, think up new Blueprints

    for sustainable living. Get things really sorted energy

    conservation, carbon management the lot. It’s all about staying

    ahead of the game.

    Won’t be easy mind, we’ll need to pull together like never before.

    That way we can work in harmony with the planet and here’s the

    clever bit - continue to profit and grow. We smarten ourselves up

    and get ourselves an invitation to that interplanetary party. Lovely.

Cab-driver: Cab stops. Here we are sir. That

    will be ?12.50.

Fare: There you go thank you.

Cab-driver: Right, which way next?

Fare: Oh - Cheerio.

    MVO: This little film was made by Shell. Believe it or not, Shell is not run

    by aliens.

    Find out more about the future of energy at

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