Solutions & sustainability & community - July 3

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Economy takes its toll on Amish
Greening a mountain community: Estes Park, Colorado
Why Are Chickens Leading the Sharing Revolution?

archived July 3, 2009

What the Amish have to teach us about Transition

Carolyn Baker, Speaking Truth to Power

The Amish ran privately-owned family farms for centuries until the latter part of the 20th century when they began taking jobs off the farm where they made good money, but many also became seduced by consumerism. They gradually spent more money, allowed themselves some of the conveniences previously shunned in order to live more simply, and found themselves caught up in spending more money and buying things they didn't need ... One Amish man comments on the need to return to basics: "We were all going way too fast. This has made everybody stop and realize we're just pilgrims here..."

archived July 2, 2009

My proposal for ASPO-USA 2009

Jon Cooksey, Energy Bulletin

Comedian, screenwriter and peak oil activist Jon Cooksey (How to Boil a Frog) presents his alt-reality agenda for the 2009 ASPO-USA conference.

Day 1. 9-9:01: Announcement that yes, peak oil is real and here now, and we’re running out of everything. All the usual presentations will be handed out as footnotes.

9:01-noon: Everyone who flew to the conference on a plane plants trees outside the hotel, followed by a pledge to forego driving double the number of miles they flew in the coming year. A Cadillac Escalade will be sacrificed to the god of climate change, Carbonus, just before lunch

archived July 1, 2009

Disaster Transitionism

Asher Miller, Post Carbon Institute

If you haven't read Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, you really should. It's an examination of how the Chicago School of Economics and its adherents have taken advantage of or created crises to further their privatization agendas.

archived June 30, 2009

Film Review: How to Boil a Frog

Olga Bonfiglio, Energy Bulletin

Want to be a real hero? Save the planet. Don’t know how? Start by viewing the new eco-comedy, How to Boil a Frog. The film tells the story of Jon Cooksey, an ordinary man on a mission, who decided two years ago that he had to do something personally to make sure his 12-year-old daughter would have a future, given all the bad news on global warming.

archived June 30, 2009

Investing in durability

Guy R. McPherson, Nature Bats Last

If you are planning to withdraw, please tell me where you're going, and send directions. If not, it's time to start thinking about how you and your family or tribe will muddle through the years ahead. One word comes to mind: durability. If that wasn't the first word that came to your mind, I'm not surprised.

archived June 30, 2009

Web & media - June 29th

Staff, Energy Bulletin

It's not a Twitter revolution in Iran
Hyperlocal Journalism Business Model
Fibber McGee, Molly, and Your Energy Future

archived June 29, 2009

Renewables & efficiency - June 29

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Feed-in tariffs grow green power but may fall victim to energy politics, German-style
Germany at a more real climate crossroads
Deep in bedrock, clean energy and quake fears
Improving power in rural China

archived June 29, 2009

How to Boil a Frog free goodie release

Jon Cooksey, FrogBlog

New interviews, articles, links at our sister site, "How to Boil a Frog. Frogmaster Jon Cooksey is preparing for the release of the eponymous movie How to Boil A Frog.

archived June 29, 2009

The Transition Initiative

Jay Griffiths, Orion Magazine

In a sense the Transition Initiative places itself as a social tipping point, with dramatic and positive consequences where the sudden wisdom of communities breaks through the stolid unwisdom of national government.

archived June 27, 2009