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Fifth US Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions

Oct.07.2008

Skyrocketing oil prices, mounting geopolitical tensions, grave economic realities, and dangerous climate changes are threatening our lives and communities like never before. The age of cheap, abundant fossil fuels is coming to an end, and urgent action is required to transform our overly consumptive society into one that uses far less energy.

By acting now, you can significantly cut your personal household energy use and overall consumption, support more localized economic production, and reduce your dependence on high energy transportation in your daily life. By doing this, you will be helping to create a more resilient and sustainable community adapted to the coming economic and ecological storms.

At this groundbreaking conference participants will explore strategies for reducing energy use in the areas of housing, food and transportation, including both theory and practice. We will examine the long energy decline of the 21st century, the psychological barriers to rapid change, and the challenge of persuading our communities to embrace local, low-energy living.

Attendees will learn survival strategies for growing food, creating local food security in their communities, retrofitting their homes to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and educating their communities to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

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Comments from John Michael

Jun.24.2009 - 4:34 pm
In response to: Survival Isn't Cost-Effective
Good! Trust Vonnegut to say it a lot more concisely than I can.
Mar.11.2009 - 10:37 pm
In response to: The End of Retirement
I'm reminded of the time that some director insisted he wanted to hear awe in Wayne's voice. Wayne just looked at him,...
Jan.29.2009 - 12:36 am
In response to: The Future That Wasn't
Many thanks! I don't know if there's any particular kudos for being the first person to post a comment here, but if...

Published Reviews

The Fires of Shalsha
May.04.2009
Published by Pagan Book Reviews
This is a quick read, and yet a very rich tale, too. The twist at the end is a nice touch, though I wasn’t too surprised by the resolution that occurred after. Still, I’d...