Serious question: What would happen if the power went out across America for 10 days? The National Geographic Channel explores this hypothetical situation in a new film, “American Blackout,” premiering this Sunday, October 27 at 9PM ET.
“American Blackout” imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack — told in real time by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. Watch the trailer here:
The film demonstrates how reliant we, in the modern world, have become on energy access. It’s such a routine part of life that we take it for granted. In the program, it only takes about 10 days without power before things start getting apocalyptic.
So while viewers reflect on the importance of electricity, it’s a good opportunity to spare a thought for the 1.2 billion people around the world who live without electricity, many in conditions of extreme poverty. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 7 out of 10 people don’t have reliable energy. Without it, women give birth in dark hospitals, vaccines can’t be refrigerated, students can’t do their homework at night and society is more or less forced to shut down when the sun goes down.
Of course, American Blackout does not directly address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa (or elsewhere). But it does make us stop and consider what life would be like in the dark. For too many people on the planet, they don’t need a fictional dramatization of life without power. They live it every day.
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