Indymedia Antidote #12: END of SUBURBIA
Auckland Indymedia Presents
The Antidote #12.
An evening of alternative documentary
The END of SUBURBIA
Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Sunday 17 April 7.30pm
123 Queen St
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.
"Cheap oil is the party that we have been enjoying the past 150 years and that party is coming to an end. Within our lifetimes were going to see the end of the age of oil, and the result of that will be the end of the American way of life"
“By being engaging, indeed amusing in places, The END of SUBURBIA will help to bring the issue to a much wider public” -
Julian Darley, Founder of the Post Carbon Institute
Peak oil is the point in time when extraction of oil from the earth reaches its highest point and then begins to decline. Most oil experts estimate this peak will occur between 2005 and 2015.
* Oil is used for transportation, electricity, heating, cooling, pesticides, plastics, pharmaceuticals, asphalt, concrete and steel.
* On average an American consumes 3 gallons of oil per day (1.8 gallons of which are imported).
* In the US, 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy go into every 1 calorie of food.
* Oil extraction will be physically unable to meet global demand ß Alternative energy sources like nuclear and natural gas will fall far short of compensating for expected shortages of oil.
The first step in preparing for an energy-reduced future is to educate yourself.