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Plan C Review by John Ivanko

by: on 01/08/2009
Posted in: Peak Oil

This is a review of Plan C, recently blogged by John Ivanko, co-author of ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance (the original blog appears at Green Options and is used by permission).

Book Review: Pat Murphy's Plan C means Community and Curtailment

If The Long Emergency and An Inconvenient Truth sounded the alarm for us to wake up and change course, …

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The Icicle Orchestra

by: Heather on 01/07/2009
Posted in: Peak Oil

Here's some music to send shivers down your spine...

Terje Isungset plays ice music - his haunting melodies are an homage to the Norwegian glaciers from which his instruments are carved - glaciers which may not still be around in a decade if we fail to reverse our impact on our warming planet.

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Learning from Cuba's Response to Peak Oil

by: Heather on 12/05/2008
Posted in: Peak Oil

From Peak Moment TV, Megan Quinn of The Community Solution discusses Peak Oil as an opportunity to create healthy communities, with a focus on reducing our consumption dramatically, using Cuba as an example. It's a long clip (27 minutes), so grab a coffee, get comfy and enjoy.

For more from The Community Solution check out Pat Murphy's Plan C: …

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Monbiot on Astyk in The Guardian

by: Heather on 11/28/2008
Posted in: Peak Oil

George Monbiot is the author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning and one of the planet's most well-known and influential advocates for solutions to climate change. His Guardian columns are internationally syndicated and read by hundreds of thousands of readers each week.

In this week's Guardian column focusing on energy renewal, Monbiot …

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John Michael Greer - A Window of Opportunity

by: Heather on 11/06/2008
Posted in: Peak Oil

John Michael Greer, author of The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age has allowed us to share his presentation from Plan C: The Fifth U.S. Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions. It's quite long, so I'll post Part One today and Part Two tomorrow. It's well worth the read.

Thanks John!

I'd like to start by thanking all of you for coming to this conference, and the conference organizers and the sponsoring organizations--Community Solutions and the Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center--for making it happen. We have a lot to talk about this weekend. There's some good news to share, some good ideas to exchange, and no shortage of major challenges that we need to confront, together and individually; and a conference like this offers possibilities for all those things.

It's an auspicious date for such an event, too. In the faith tradition I follow, the Druid faith, sunset today marks the start of the festival we call Samhuinn, the feast of the ancestors. It's a time of endings and beginnings, the end of the harvest, the beginning of our new year, and endings and beginnings make up a great deal of what we have to talk about this weekend. The way of life nearly all of us have grown up with--a way of life founded on the extravagant use of irreplaceable fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources, and on the pursuit of unlimited economic growth at all costs--is coming to an end around us.

That's the rarely mentioned driving force behind the economic convulsions of the last few months; behind the political crisis under way in this and many other countries; and also behind the very widespread feeling nowadays that our lives and our societies have gotten onto the wrong track, that something has to give--something has to change. And that realization, uncomfortable as it often is, is the place where endings give way to beginnings, because it's the willingness to face change that's really been lacking in the mainstream of the industrial world for the last quarter century or so; and that willingness has begun to spread, in recent months, to an extent that might have been hard for any of us to imagine, say, ten years ago, when today's peak oil movement was first beginning to coalesce.

I don't think it's irrelevant just now to glance back for a moment at that earlier time. I think it was '97 or '98 when I first encountered people online who were talking about the end of the age of oil. The concept wasn't new to me; I spent my adolescence in the 1970s reading The Limits to Growth, Roberto Vacca's The Coming Dark Age, that sort of cheerful literature; at the time, for a variety of reasons, the future they portrayed made a good deal more sense to me than the bland pronouncements of business as usual forever being retailed by government and the media. I somehow managed to miss finding out about M. King Hubbert and the Hubbert Curve during those years, but his prediction of a global petroleum production peak sometime around 2000 wouldn't have surprised me at all.

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