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by Eric Einem
Thursday, May. 13, 2004 at 5:22 AM
The beauty of the Pasadena urban farm gave little forewarning of the serious nature of the documentary the guests were about to see. The title of the documentary, "The
End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream" gives you a good idea of the alarming nature of the subject.
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The End of Suburbia comes to Los
The beauty of the Pasadena urban farm gave little
forewarning of the serious nature of the documentary the guests were about
to see. The title of the documentary, "The
End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream"
gives you a good idea of the alarming nature of the subject. The researchers
and scientists interviewed discuss how we are now facing what would could
be described as the greatest challenge to humanity, and will likely be
the greatest catastrophe facing the human species. It is made clear in
this documentary that the peak in oil production is a reality, the effect
of which we are feeling already with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This is our leaders response to the imminent peak in oil production and
the oil shortage that will follow.
Sunday, May 9th, at 6:30 PM, 56 people gathered at Path
to Freedom, an urban farm and resource center, to view the documentary.
It was a pleasant surroundings with edible flowers, herbs growing in the
front yard and vegtable filling most of the backyard. The tables were
lit with cancles and the ground covered with straw as the guests enjoyed
the potluck dinner and socialized. The Path to Freedom founder, Jules
Dervaes, and four of his children were very friendly and pleasant and
more than willing to answer questions about Path to Freedom, urban farming,
bio-diesel and solar panels.
Below are some responses from people who attended
the documentary screening.
information is quite shocking. I think many people who thought they
had sufficient knowledge concerning the energy crisis will be left
in rethinking mode. - Jim, Los Angeles
was quite frightening and I am sure many will say these scientists are
just alarmists -- but it's so true that petrol and our American way
of life cannot and will not last forever, especially since we are so
oil dependent and energy hungry. Over the ages other great empires fell;
but this time there will be greater, far-reaching consequence because
of globalization. - Anais, Pasadena
of Surburbia is a perfect tool for introducing people to peak oil. Just
enough humor to sugarcoat the bitter pill. Image and sound convey forcefully
what can otherwise be a somewhat abstract issue, often couched in lots
of confusing numbers and charts and theories. It felt good to have the
documentary screened at a place like pathtofreedom, where people can
see a practical alternative all around them as they're digesting the
rather bleak message. At least people can get a glimpse of what they
can do to minimize the impact of oil depletion in the scope of their
own lives. Once you start to look deeply into the peak oil picture,
it gets very depressing very quickly. And a lot of pessimists and misanthropes
are attracted to it, adding to the vibe of hopelessness--which is, of
course, paralyzing in itself. I think as Peak Oil kicks in it will be
a kind of "dark night of the collective soul." We need to be able to
look deeply into the worst possible outcomes (resource wars, "dieoff"
etc.) and yet fashion a creative and human way through it all. - Jason,
for having us over last night and sharing. We enjoyed ourselves though
the subject matter of the film was a little frightening (and heartening
as well, since without cheap energy this culture will have to give up
its wasteful ways). Anyway its good to see people like you making a
difference. " - Suzy
If you missed this screening, you have another chance
to see it on Friday, May 14th (information below), or subscribe to the
Los Angeles Peak Oil Action Newsletter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The documentary may also be purchased from www.endofsuburbia.com.
If you are interested in hosting a screening and
would like help with planning, promoting or hosting, contact email@example.com.
Upcoming Los Angeles Peak Oil Events
Friday, May 14th, 8:00 PM
End of Suburbia Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream
Potluck and documentary screening At Flor y Canto Community Space &
Bookstore in Highland Park
Saturday, May 22, 9:30 AM
Oil Discussion in the Park
Crystal Springs Picnic Area, Griffith Park, Los Feliz
Meet and disscuss oil depletion, the consequences and actions that can
Tuesday, June 22, 7:00 PM
ROBERTS The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World
End of Oil/ Peak Oil panel/talk at L.A. Central Library
Peak Oil Resources
A Los Angeles based website. People working together to raise awareness
about oil depletion and preparing for a post fossil-fuel age.
Association for the Study of Peak Oil
Description: ASPO is a network of scientists, affiliated with European
institutions and universities, having an interest in determining the date
and impact of the peak and decline of the world’s production of oil and
gas, due to resource constraints.
From The Wilderness
Articles about Oil Peak, and the relationship to the so-called War on
Global Public Media
An excellent archive of audio and video recordings, many of which are
on the topic of Peak Oil.
Some good starting points at GlobalPublicMedia:
A good overview on the issue of Peak Oil.
An online newsletter by Richard Heinberg, the author of "The Party's Over:
Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Society".
Description: A portal site with news and forums on the topic of peak oil.
Search Google for Peak Oil
Search Google for Peak Oil
Search Google News for "Peak Oil"
Search Google News for "Peak Oil"
An excellent spanish language website with information on Peak Oil. It
includes From The Wilderness articles translated to spanish as well as
newsletters from the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.
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