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Posted on 19-7-05

The end Of Suburbia
Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream
"We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up"
- James Howard Kunstler
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 has the suburban way of life become
embedded in the American consciousness.
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. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? 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? And what can be done NOW, individually and
collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia ?
The End of Suburbia DVD
Order your copy on DVD or VHS
Hosted by Barrie Zwicker. Featuring James Howard Kunstler, Peter
Calthorpe, Michael Klare, Richard Heinberg, Matthew Simmons, Michael C.
Ruppert, Julian Darley, Colin Campbell, Kenneth Deffeyes, Ali Samsam
Bakhtiari and Steve Andrews. Directed by Gregory Greene. Produced by Barry
Silverthorn. Duration: 78 minutes