Peak Oil Impact on Cities, Survival & Culture – Vancouver 2006

Dealing with Community Change under Stress Seeking out New Leaders In the summer of 2006, we videoed the second seminar on Peak Oil and Oil Shock Impacts on Cities and Society hosted by the Strategic Sustainable Planning Committee of the Vancouver City Planning Commission … [Read more...]

David Suzuki’s Keynote at PowerShift BC 2013

"I come as an elder without an agenda," were keynoter David Suzuki's opening words at PowerShift BC 2013 in Victoria, Coast Salish Territories, B.C. Canada. From my notes: What happens in the next few years is critical for you, the youth. The party is over. We Elders … [Read more...]

Seeing the Forest Community Through the Trees (243)

Restoration forester Matthew Hall has a vision for the Aprovecho woods: a managed ancient forest. Weaker trees are made into products while the larger trees stay in the forest forever. He retains nature's changes (like storm-dropped trees). He recruits snags. Tops snapped … [Read more...]

An Eco-Sense House – Natural Building, Natural Living (230)

The Eco-Sense House is alive! From dream (see episode 103) to reality. Its curving cob walls embrace Ann and Gord Baird's three-generation family. A living roof offers summer cooling and filters winter rains stored for garden water. The composting toilet provides rich soil … [Read more...]

Free Geek — Reviving Computers, Empowering People (228)

Take a whirlwind tour of Free Geek, powered almost entirely by volunteers. Free Geek keeps electronic stuff out of the landfill while refurbishing computers. "Volunteer for 24 hours, and you get a free computer, a class on how to use it, and a year of free tech support," … [Read more...]

Applying a Peak Oil Filter to Financial Choices (222)

"If peak oil occurs, it will dominate most everything else that we do, because energy drives everything." Financial consultant Jim Hansen's peak oil filter doesn't just guide  investment decisions for his client portfolios. He applies it to his personal lifestyle (you may be … [Read more...]

Human-Powered Machines – Can Pedals Power the World? (221)

Jump on that bike and power up the blender for your morning smoothie! Matthew Corson-Finnerty shows several machines he has developed while at Aprovecho Center in Oregon. Watch us pedal power an electricity generator, a grain mill, a blender, and a straw-chopper. Matthew … [Read more...]

Rocket Stoves – Hot, Healthy, Efficient (214)

Mike Hatfield says the magic of a rocket stove is getting the heat into what you're trying to heat. His tour of a rocket stove reflects designs perfected for decades at Aprovecho Research Center in rural Oregon. They also test and suggest improvements to stoves from … [Read more...]

Oil Puts the Squeeze on the Economy (204)

This turbulent, troubled global economy is precisely what Chris Martenson predicted in early 2010, "When Exponential Meets Reality" (episode 166). He asserts that we can no longer look at the economy without factoring in the terminal decline of its master resource — oil. The … [Read more...]

Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises (192)

"There are no real solutions, there are only responses." So say the expert contributors in The Post Carbon Reader, pointing to society's complex, interdependent systems squeezed by growing demand and declining resources. Co-editor Daniel Lerch tells us renewable energy will … [Read more...]