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Magnificent Revolution (MR) is a not-for-profit education project based in London. Made up of artists, musicians, designers, ecologists, and engineers, MR has flourished into a cross-disciplinary organisation working with education, ecology, engineering, design, art, music and film.
MR has been running since the summer of 2007 when we built our first bicycle powered cinema at the Big Chill Festival. MR aims to help people understand their energy use, its links with power production and climate change. We guide people towards positive solutions and transition to low carbon lifestyles. MR uses bicycle power generators as educational tools in schools, colleges and communities. By showing people how many bikes it takes to power household appliances, we help people to understand energy in an enjoyable and engaging way. MR also equips people with knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in building a sustainable world by teaching them how to build their own miniature power stations.
In order to tackle climate change, a combination of green technologies backed by behavioural change is of paramount importance. Lasting behavioural change and people’s confidence in climate change solutions requires continuous engagement with the issues and support through the process of change. Successful transition to a low carbon economy and people gaining independence from large energy suppliers will require individuals to become aware of their energy consumption, learn more about how power is made and learn about renewable technologies and micro-generation of power.
Our workshop programme, cinema, and sound system educate children and adults about energy production, renewable technologies and micro-power generation. Our systems use the same components as home renewable technologies and are a great introduction to renewables. Through our work people start to make implicit connections between personal energy use, money saving, independence and climate change and start to build appreciation for energy. Our workshops help people to identify their barriers to change in personal energy use habits. Learning about energy consumption inspires people to reduce their energy demands, take greater control over their energy supply and to take creative action in climate change.
MR is proud of our track record and so far has helped to educate 1000s of school children about energy consumption and renewable technology. MR provided a hands on experience of renewable energy systems to 184 people through building a generators at one of our workshops. We have replaced conventional power with a renewable energy supply at 59 music, film and art events. So far we have helped 10655 individuals to conceptualise energy, and learn about appliance and electronic equipment power consumption through our events.