Climb Aboard at the Titanic Lifeboat Academy

December 17, 2010. Astoria, OR. From Portland we headed to the far northwest tip of Oregon to meet Caren Black and Christopher Paddon at the Titanic Lifeboat Academy, whose brilliant name has intrigued me since I'd encountered their website in 2005. Christopher and Caren … [Read more...]

Daniel Lerch and The Post Carbon Reader

December 15, 2010. Seattle, WA. The final week of our 2010 Pacific Northwest Tour. We left Seattle December 15th amid pouring rain and packed freeways a bit before the so-called  rush hour, reminding us why automobile-dependent suburbs and outlying areas will have the … [Read more...]

Peak Moment meets Peak Shrink Kathy McMahon

October 10, 2010, part 3. Robyn and I transformed the RV's living area into the Peak Moment studio, where we taped a conversation with Peak Shrink Kathy McMahon in the evening. I've wanted to tape Kathy since reading her tongue-in-cheek blog about Panglossian disorder … [Read more...]

Hooked on Growth – Meet the Filmmaker (177)

Dave Gardner's upcoming documentary looks at modern society and asks, why are we behaving irrationally? There's overwhelming evidence we've reached the limits to growth, yet we continue in our addiction. In searching for a cure, Dave starts with the need to tell different … [Read more...]

Dave Gardner — a Conversation Destined to Happen

It was a Peak Moment Conversation destined to be, and the angels must've worked overtime to bring it together. It started last week when I "just happened" to see an email message for the filmmakers group on the Transitionus.ning website — a list I check maybe once a month … [Read more...]

The Crash Course — Exponential Growth Meets Reality (166)

"The next twenty years will be totally unlike the last twenty... We’ll face the greatest economic and physical challenges ever seen by our country, if not humanity.” So opens Chris Martenson's much-viewed online Crash Course illuminating the relationship between economy, … [Read more...]

The Heart of Permaculture (157)

Former truck driver Bill Wilson tells an insightful story about the energy packed in a gallon of gas — which we won't always have in cheap abundance. Now a permaculture educator, he sees permaculture  as a viable, realistic way to use nature to provide the abundance we … [Read more...]

Peak Oil – Adapting for Big Changes Ahead (155)

With a long-time eye to declining energy resources, Bart Anderson envisions a very different society in five years. The former editor of Energy Bulletin.net offers advice for post-oil living: Understand the problem. Prepare psychologically for big shifts and the unexpected. … [Read more...]

The Waking-Up Syndrome (150)

Ecopsychologist Sarah Edwards, PhD, explains stages people often go through when facing the implications of climate change and resource depletion. She outlines various aspects of Denial, Anxiety, Awakening, Despair, Powerlessness  and eventual Acceptance. Differentiating … [Read more...]

The Transition Movement Comes to America (139)

One response to the global crisis that is gaining enthusiastic momentum is the Transition Towns movement. Jennifer Gray, a pioneer in the Transition Initiative in the UK and cofounder of Transition US, describes it as "a community-led response to the twin crises of peak oil … [Read more...]