What if Peak Oil is Real?

Living In a Toxic World

I don't mean to be a purveyor of doom and gloom but what if peak oil is real and happening now? Everything we have hinges on readily available crude oil. Comparing the current economic crisis to the depression era should be more than an exercise in analyzing charts. If peak oil happens and we experience significant scarcity we need to prepare to change everything we do.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

The Green Changemakers

With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever.

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

The Green Changemakers

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil - 53 min - Jul 6, 2008 [link] When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." Hand tools and human labor replace oil-driven machinery.

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Urban Farming

Living In a Toxic World

If you combine the current economic crisis with peak oil and global warming it may be forced upon us. There has been a lot going on with urban gardens and raising chickens along with a few other things. What if a an entire urban area was transformed into a farm? Check out this article about Detroit being converted into a farm. The premise is interesting and the article contains some interesting stats.

The Shard: Qatar’s London Land Grab

Green Prophet

When Britain’s own financing institutions staggered under the weight of the 2008 economic crisis, a Qatari consortium stepped in to finance The Shard – a sleek pyramidal skyscraper designed by Italian starchitect Renzo Piano. George Monbiot recently exclaimed that peak oil isn’t as imminent as we thought and that we are cheerfully deep frying ourselves as a result, but Qatar is still planning for an eventual end to the heyday of easy oil and gas riches.

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The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World

The Green Changemakers

The Economics of Happiness (2011) ($5) 65 min · Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. Money & Life (2013) 86 min · Money & Life is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate.

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Heinberg on Life Beyond Growth

The Green Changemakers

What if the decades-long era of economic growth based on ever-increasing rates of resource extraction, manufacturing, and consumption is over, finished, and done? What if the economic conditions that all of us grew up expecting to continue practically forever were merely a blip on history’s timeline? We have reached the end of economic growth as we have known it. Indeed, China consumes more than twice as much coal as it did a decade ago—the same with iron ore and oil.

Why This Crisis May Be Our Best Chance to Build a New Economy

The Green Changemakers

Whether it was divine providence or just good luck, we should give thanks that financial collapse hit us before the worst of global warming and peak oil. As challenging as the economic meltdown may be, it buys time to build a new economy that serves life rather than money. Wall Street insiders congratulated themselves on their financial genius even as they turned the United States into a national economic basket case and set the stage for global financial collapse.

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