'it's one world' in conversation with Cisco's Diogo VasconcelosEdit
A fascinatinthumb|left|300px|In Conversation with Diogo Vasconcelosg conversation about how we can all become empowered in the fight against climate change rather than remaining as passive energy consumers. Just as we can become connected to get the information we want through the Internet, we can all become energy decision makers with access to the right information.
Get Real, Get LocalEdit
Do you know how much of your typically Canadian dinner is really Canadian? Not much as it turns out. Over half of the food you put on your table comes from abroad -- especially fruits. That means few of your food dollars go to Canadian farmers to grow food and few of the profits from your grocery purchases stay in Canada. So when you pause to share a prayer over your meal, pray that the elaborate system that provides you with your daily bread doesn't break down. Otherwise, we could all find ourselves thousands of miles from where our food actually comes from.
Global Warming 101, National Geographic Edit
thumb|left|300px The popular geography magazine explores what global warming could do to the earth and civilization beyond melting polar ice. It suggests climate change could change our maps, and displace people from cities and tropical islands.
Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down and Carbon Shift, and Chris Turner, author of The Geography of Hope, speak at the Green Summit in Toronto, November 8, 2008, 2009. They discuss the challenges of dealing with complex issues of climate change and peak oil, dealing with uncertainty, and fostering local resilience in a globally connected world.
The End of Suburbia, October 2006Edit
thumb|300px|leftThis is a 52 minute documentary on the looming energy crisis stemming from the supply and demand gap that is growing around carbon-based energy.
"We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up" - James Howard Kunstler
Global oil peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now. The documentary asks, "Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of the future?" This video is a short version of "The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream", a documentary about the end of the age of cheap oil.
Farming has become an occupation and cultural force of the past. In this 90-minute talk, published by FORA.TV, Michael Pollan's promotes the premise -- and hope -- that farming can become an occupation and force of the future. In the past century American farmers were given the assignment to produce lots of calories cheaply, and they did. They became the most productive humans on earth. A single farmer in Iowa could feed 150 of his neighbors. That is a true modern miracle.
"American farmers are incredibly inventive, innovative, and accomplished. They can do whatever we ask them, we just need to give them a new set of requirements
Peak Oil Visually ExplainedEdit
A Quick 3 minute video visually explaining Peak Oil, what oil is used for, and what the future may hold with regards to Peak Oil.
The end of the growth ethic Edit
thumb|300px|leftUBC Professor William Rees argues that the current growth ethic has put us into ecological overshoot, citing the ecological footprint analysis tool he developed, and may result in a breakdown in civil order and conflict over scarce resources. Rees also argues that climate change is a symptom of a deeper dysfunctional relationship between the human enterprise and the ecosphere.
Working With Small Groups: An Interview with Peter Block Edit
thumb|300px|leftThe essence of a small group is that it operates by invitation, and pure voluntarism. Small groups can shift the collective conversation in a community, towards more discussions of possibility, connecting and community. Small groups promote ownership and belonging...
Peak Oil Edit
thumb|left|300px Is the age of cheap oil about to come to an end? According to many experts, we are about to reach the point of "peak oil" -- the level at which supply can no longer keep up with demand. This, say the doomsayers, could send economies spinning into turmoil and up-end our comfortable, urban lifestyles. But others claim predictions like this are simply scaremongering. They believe supply will match demand for decades to come. So who's telling the truth? 'Peak Oil' investigates. The film is produced by ABC Australia and distributed by Journeyman Pictures. Click here to access the full film.
Peak Oil - How big is the Risk? Edit
thumb|300px|leftThe report from the newly-formed UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security is the first multi-company alarm bell to be sounded on peak oil. It sets out a series of practical recommendations for Government, including action to grasp the significant economic and environmental opportunities from a step-change in investment in renewable energy and sustainable transport.
The UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security is a group of British companies (including Arup, FirstGroup, Foster + Partners, Scottish and Southern Energy, Solarcentury, Stagecoach Group, Virgin Group, and Yahoo UK) who are concerned that threats to energy security are not receiving the attention they merit.
The aim of their first report is to engage Government more proactively on the peak oil threat, and also to alert the public to the problem. The Taskforce aims to encourage collaborative contingency planning by government, industry, and communities on measures that can be taken to accelerate independent energy supply within the UK.
The Gospel of Green, CBC TV, The Fifth Estate Edit
As the world confronts the reality of global warming and the inevitable end of oil, the questions of what to do and how to sustain energy without oil or fossil fuels becomes more urgent. Bob McKeown and a team travel to Germany to meet Hermannn Scheer, called "Europe's Al Gore," a parliamentarian who is leading the way to increase Germany's reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power. To date, 15% of Germany's energy comes from renewable sources. Scheer estimates that if Germany continues on this course, by 2030 that will be 100%. So, if one of the world major industrialized nations can achieve this, why can't a country like Canada? The answer may lie in 's investigation of the influence, in this country, of conventional energy industry on politicians. Watch the entire investigation here.
Be the Change by David Chernushenko Edit
thumb|300px|leftThis is the latest Trailer for local sustainability advocate David Chernushenko's first full-length documentary, Be the Change.
This is an up-beat documentary that explores the motivations for, and the challenges and rewards of, trying to live life more lightly. The documentary is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to make things different. In it David explores and communicates ways to create healthy, abundant livelihoods for everyone -- sustainable change that starts with the individual and moves to the community.
For more information on David Chernushenko and his work click here.
The Oil Age - The Turning Point for Mankind Edit
thumb|300px|leftColin Campbell gives this 4-part talk on peak oil and its likely implications for our economy and climate.
Living With Climate Change Edit
thumb|left|300px Global warming is happening. Temperatures have already risen by 0.76 degrees since the industrial revolution and are projected to rise further by 1.8 - 4 degrees by the end of the century. The last time climate change happened at this pace was 125,000 years ago and led to a 4-6 metre sea level rise.Global warming at the upper end of the scale predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would have catastrophic consequences for Europe. Up to 30% of plant, animal and bird species would be wiped out and the threat of natural disasters such as landslides, floods and mudslides would increase significantly.
How It All Ends Edit
thumb|300px|left This is a very simplified and entertaining perspective on climate change created by Greg Craven of Corvallis, Oregon, US as a tool to help his students understand the issues of climate change better.
Transition Towns: An Interview With Rob Hopkins Edit
thumb|300px|left The founder of a growing worldwide Transition Town movement shows us around 'Transition Town Totnes' in Devon and talks about peak oil, the origin of the Transition Towns concept and how to help your community develop an 'energy descent plan' and prepare to 'power down.' In Ontario, potential Transition Towns include : Burlington, Dufferin, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve in the 1000 Islands, Guelph, Markham, Peterborough, Poplar Hill/Coldstream, Sudbury, and Toronto.
Amongst the many examples of community partnerships, The Transition Town Movement is attracting great attention. It is an international network of communities in the process of re-imagining and re-creating for themselves a different future from the one currently dependent on diminishing oil and gas supplies and accelerating climate change. Through their collaborative, bottom–up process, they are evolving the kind of communities we all want to be part of.
Transition Towns are community-led responses to these twin challenges that tend emerge organically in the context of clear principles and guidelines that foster self-organization and innovation. The central purpose of the Transition movement is “to support community-led responses to peak oil and climate change, building resilience and happiness.” They begin by building local ownership in the problem as a means to secure commitment to any solution.
They distinguish themselves from other environmental movements by their dedication towards discovering new community possibilities instead of campaigning against this or that. Community leaders make no claims about having all the answers, only about engaging in what amounts to be a large social experiment. “We truly don't know if this will work” but “what we are convinced of is this:
- if we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late
- if we act as individuals, it'll be too little
- but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time”
Prosperity Without Growth? Edit
thumb|300px|left|Prosperity Without Growth?Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben criticizes sustained economic growth, a policy goal, he argues, whose costs outweigh its benefits.
McKibben focuses on the point where environmental and economic issues intersect, offering revolutionary ideas for approaching these problems. This is one of the most important books to be published on issues relating to global warming. McKibben is the author of "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future".
The Future of Oil Edit
Are we running out of oil? Foreign Policy TV speaks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran and Robert Hirsch about their conflicting views on the future of the world's greatest addiction.
Beyond Oil: Powering the Future Edit
thumb|300px|leftTransportation consumes 70 percent of the oil used in our country. But as worldwide demand for oil soars and supplies tighten, how will we keep transportation moving? Current and emerging technologies can quickly convert a wide range of plant matter to transportation biofuels, offering a partial solution and contributing to an increasingly diversified and "greener" energy future.This talk by Daniel Schwartz at the University of Washington and Miles Drake of Weyerhauser, explores why oil is so hard to replace and why some are betting on biofuels as its replacement.
Jeff Rubin: Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller Edit
thumb|300px|left Former Chief Economist for CIBC, Jeff Rubin, talks about how skyrocketing oil prices will see a regression in global economies, and a return to local ones.
Global food shortages, floods of refugees, countries at war over dwindling resources. In a new book, Gwynne Dyer offers a terrifying vision of the not-too-distant future, all driven by the effects of global warming. Dyer is a Canadian journalist and historian. His book is called "Climate Wars". Here he speaks with Allan Gregg at TVO.
Shai Agassi on A Better Place Edit
thumb|300px|left Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO of Better Place, discusses the efforts being made to develop a new system of electric cars at the New Democrat Network's March 12, 2008 Forum, "A Moment of Transformation." Mr. Agassi speaks about the confluence of car manufacturers, battery manufacturers, investors, infrastructure builders and policy makers that is making it happen.
An Interview with David Hughes Edit
Global Public Media's Julian Darley speaks to David Hughes, Post Carbon Institute Fellow and geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada at Natural Resources Canada, about global and North American oil and natural gas supply issues. Mr. Hughes speaks about his concerns with respect to global hydrocarbon supplies of oil, natural gas and coal and the impacts of reaching peak energy states.
Crude Impact Edit
thumb|300px|left Crude Impact is a powerful and timely story that explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil.
This new documentary film exposes our deep-rooted dependency on the availability of fossil fuel energy and examines the future implications of peak oil - the point in time when the amount of petroleum worldwide begins a steady, inexorable decline.
Journeying from the west African delta to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early man to the unknown future, Crude Impact chronicles the collision of our insatiable appetite for oil with the rights and livelihoods of indigenous cultures, other species and the planet itself. A thought-provoking story of discovery, sorrow, outrage, humor and ultimately, hope.
An Interview with Nathalie Kosciusko Morizet, Secretary of State to the Environment, France Edit
thumb|300px|leftLast autumn France launched a new environmental campaign which imposed many inventive, if not radical, ideas on combating climate change. It envelops a change on several aspects of everyday life from public transportation, personal automobiles and housing.
thumb|300px|leftThis is a full length feature film (133 min.) on the challenges of climate change and the over use and depletion of our natural resources. It has some of the most breathtaking cinematography you'll ever see on film.
"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet." Director - Yann Arthus-Bertrand
HOME official website http://www.home-2009.com
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