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by Eric Einem
Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004 at 8:09 AM
"THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of
The American Dream" has just been released on DVD and will be screened at locations
in Los Angeles. Anyone interested in hosting a public screening
please contact email@example.com.
World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in
suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and
upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the
past 50 years, so too the suburban way of life has become embedded in the
Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.
But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge
about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch
of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects
as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels
begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil
fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.
The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous.
What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the
coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of
their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow?
And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End
of Suburbia ?
Hosted by Barrie Zwicker. Featuring James Howard Kunstler, Peter Calthorpe,
Michael Klare, Richard Heinberg, Matthew Simmons, Mike Ruppert, Julian Darley,
Colin Campbell, Kenneth Deffeyes, Ali Samsam Bakhtiari and Steve Andrews.
Directed by Gregory Greene. Produced by Barry Silverthorn.
DVD BONUS: Includes the vintage short films, In the Suburbs and Destination
Earth. Also includes producer and director commentary and edited audio for
audiences under 18 years.
Duration: 78 minutes
First Screening in Los Angeles - April 24th
After the discussion on peak oil in North Hollywood, CA (PeakOilAction.org),
on April 24th, 10 of the 12 attendees went to a local residence to watch the
"End of Suburbia" documentary. There was a consensus that the film
was sucessful at portraying the basic realities of oil depletion and the end
of modern industrial society. Though some felt that more could have been presented
about some of the very serious consequences (such as the possiblity of mass
starvation) or that a wider variety of possible actions to take could have been
shown, we agreed this was a usefull tool for getting people thinking about this
crisis. Some of the attendees suggested that it was probably a wise choice not
to present the worst-case or most alarming scenarios because it may have the
effect of being too much for many people to handle and put them into a state
of denial. As is, this film is already alarming enough to have that effect.
Additional Screenings in the Los Angeles Area Being Planned
The twelve people that attended the peak oil discussion in the park are planning
additional screenings. Anyone is welcome to host a screening. Good places for
screenings include private residences (invite your friends and family), universities,
public libraries and churches. Also, may organizations hold weekly or periodic
screenings of important documentaries, and may wish to include this documentary
in their schedule.
If you would like to host a screening of "End of Suburbia", please
We can help you with the planning, promoting and hosting of the screening.
To keep informed on any upcoming screenings or related events, join the PeakOilAction.org
newsletter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and include your city, state and country.
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||Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004 at 1:14 PM
||Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004 at 1:24 PM
|liberals have no game
||Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004 at 7:32 PM
|This is funny
||Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004 at 8:06 PM
|socialism works and OJ is innocent
||Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004 at 10:10 PM
|So tell me...
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 3:20 AM
|The topic is oil depletion!
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 5:13 AM
|I'm so ashamed.
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 6:04 AM
|THE WORLD HAS MORE OIL, NOT LESS
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 9:01 AM
|Your Flat Earth membership card is now on it's way!
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 11:48 AM
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 12:09 PM
|response to cc
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 2:01 PM
|and now, barry gets to eat
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 3:10 PM
|Oil running out? Not in my lifetime
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 3:34 PM
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 3:39 PM
||now hold on
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 8:23 PM
|be serious, fresca
||Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 11:06 PM
||Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 3:10 AM
||Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 5:35 AM
|fresca (KOBE HQ)
||Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 12:16 PM
|end of suburbia
||Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 at 11:58 AM
||Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 at 1:54 PM
|frozen, huddled masses
||Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 at 4:38 PM
|your ignorance is fodder to grow flowers
||the unstoppable cc
||Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 at 9:56 PM
|Lies and fools
||Mr. Un natural
||Saturday, May. 01, 2004 at 2:08 AM
|To the Admirer of Bush
||Mr. Un natural
||Saturday, May. 01, 2004 at 2:21 AM
||Saturday, May. 01, 2004 at 9:59 AM
||Saturday, May. 01, 2004 at 2:02 PM
|i agree with BA for the first time
||Saturday, May. 01, 2004 at 10:37 PM
|The World Does Not Need More Fossil Fuel, or Alternative Energy Sources to Replace It
||Sunday, May. 02, 2004 at 2:00 PM
||Sunday, May. 02, 2004 at 4:26 PM
|regarding alternative energy
||Monday, May. 03, 2004 at 6:47 PM
|we use more energy now than we can replace even with renewables
||adam in melbourne au
||Tuesday, May. 04, 2004 at 10:50 PM
||Friday, May. 07, 2004 at 8:31 AM
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