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Posted on 21-10-2004


Peak Oil

What: Screening of "End of Suburbia" documentary about Peak Oil with
Jeanette Fitzsimons.
When: Monday 15th November 7pm start time for film, (Doors open 6.30 for
seating.) Discussion from 8.30pm.
Where: 308 Great North Road, Grey Lynn.
Cost: Koha gold coin donation. Tea/coffee/popcorn provided. You may like
to bring a cushion.
In conjunction with the Green Party's Transport Campaign, we are pleased
to bring you the newly release documentary End of Suburbia...
Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound
wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability,
family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has
exploded in the past 50 years, so too the suburban way of life has become
embedded in the American consciousness. Suburbia, and all it promises, has
become the American Dream. And the American way of life has slowly
pervaded New Zealand, turning Aotearoa in parts into an American suburb.
New Zealand has emulated the United States.
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 this 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 featuring interviews with noted
experts Colin Campbell, Matthew Simmons, Michael C. Rupert and others.
The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are
enormous and the ideas in this film have profound implications. What does
Oil Peak mean for western cultures? As energy prices skyrocket in the
coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse
of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of
tomorrow? Where will they be without their SUV? And what can be done NOW,
individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia?.
Duration: 78 minutes.
Afterward discussion with Jeanette Fitzsimons, Green Transport
spokesperson, and other transport movers and shakers - and bikers,
busers and walkers too!