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...]

How to Boil a Frog – Meet the Filmmaker (187)

Filmmaker Jon Cooksey is one funny guy, even while presenting the most serious problems facing humanity. In this fast-paced conversation, he gallops all over the map with five big problems, five big solutions, and a playful and heartfelt approach. Wacky, sobering, full of … [Read more...]

The many faces of Jon Cooksey, star of “How to Boil A Frog”

As the central actor in his documentary "How to Boil A Frog," Jon Cooksey brings his delicious brand of humor to the serious content by taking on many personnas. Jon's range of expressions is astounding. These frames are from How to Boil A Frog - Meet the Filmmaker (episode … [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...]

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...]

Peak Oil and Its Effect on Climate Change (132)

  The peak oil message is slow to gain acceptance, says energy analyst Randy Udall, because it's at odds with our optimistic It's-Morning-in-America mentality. Politicians "Don't Do Depletion." Randy describes challenges, mitigations, and exciting opportunities to … [Read more...]

Learning From the Collapse of Earlier Societies (112)

According to Professor Guy Prouty, every civilization rises, evolves, and then collapses to a simpler structure -- and this will include our own. Comparing America with the Western Roman Empire, Prouty notes the over-reach of our military, the unsustainability of capitalism, … [Read more...]

Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is serious about lowering carbon emissions. Guided by a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions study, they're adding solar panels to city buildings, requiring lower energy usage for new buildings, switching to biodiesel and hybrid vehicles, and giving free bus … [Read more...]

A No-Nonsense Look at Climate Change and Petrocollapse

Former energy analyst Jan Lundberg opens by singing "Have A Global Warming Day" and closes with "The Depaver's Song." In between is an unabashed look at climate distortion, peak oil, and declining ecosystems, all bringing a necessary collapse of our "pigging out" economy. He … [Read more...]