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Peak Moment: A Geodesic Greenhouse — Year-Round Gardening at 6000 Feet

13 Jul 2009 | |
View all related to farming | greenhouse | Local Food | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture
In Colorado it's cold for much of the year, but inside this cozy dome greenhouse, the plants are growing happily. Take a grand tour with Buckhorn Gardens manager and permaculturist Breigh Peterson: the greenhouse structure with its interplay of light and water, warmth and air; curving raised beds of vegetables and flowers; fish tanks moderating the temperature; vertical trellises and shelves to use vertical space. Outdoors a huge garden of row crops and a young orchard are complemented by free-roaming chickens and ducks. (buckhorngardens.blogspot.com.)
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Peak Moment: Permaculture for Humanity

23 Jun 2009 | |
View all related to Peak Moment Television | Permaculture | Sustainability
The future is abundant, asserts permaculture designer Larry Santoyo. His vision of living in the present provides a wonderful antidote to fear about uncertain futures. People need to rediscover that we're part of the ecosystem, and apply permaculture design principles to the many problems we face. Larry teaches sustainable permaculture design as a discovery of the world around us. He notes that trying to be self-sufficient is really anti-permaculture. Instead, we need to develop self-reliance skills. Then as we find others in our communities to interact with, everybody gets to play!
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Peak Moment: Resourceful Guy Builds Solar House, Solar Power, Solar Car

01 Jun 2009 | |
View all related to electric vehicle | Local Energy | passive solar power | Peak Moment Television
John Weber's Boise, Idaho house with south-facing windows rarely needs heat and never air conditioning. Meet a man who has built a passive-solar house with solar electric power and solar hot water; plus a solar-powered electric car — and who rides a bike! With photovoltaics tied to the grid, he sells surplus electricity back to the power company. John shows how he converted his "Sun Car" from a junked Festiva to all-electric, with added solar panels on top to extend its range. Ride with us — and hear how quiet it is!
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Peak Moment: Local Living Economies - Protecting What We Love

11 May 2009 | |
View all related to Food | local business | local economy | Peak Moment Television
Judy Wicks' love of place, and of animals, has made widening ripples on a global scale...She has gone on to found BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), a national network of sustainable, small businesses that promote going local. (www.livingeconomies.org), (www.whitedog.com) Episode 144.
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Peak Moment: Corporate Couple Become Permaculture Activists

30 Apr 2009 | |
View all related to Food | garden | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Permaculture
Asking "wouldn't it be wonderful if our city could feed itself?" Joe Leitch ponders everybody in Portland planting a chestnut tree. Pam Leitch relates how they both left the corporate world after reading the book Your Money or Your Life. As educators on sustainability and resource depletion, permaculture and social justice, they soon learned of Peak Oil. Episode 143.
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Peak Moment: Energy Co-op Brings Power to the People

14 Apr 2009 | |
View all related to cooperative | Local Energy | Peak Moment Television
What if a community owned its electric utility cooperatively, rather than paying a for-profit company? Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative could be a model. Energy Services manager Jessica Nelson describes how this locally owned, democratically governed non-profit serves the good of the community. Episode 142.
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Peak Moment: Creating a Home Graywater System

23 Mar 2009 | |
View all related to conservation | graywater | Peak Moment Television | Water
Trathen Heckman takes us on a step-by-step tour of how to make a safe, ecological and legal suburban home graywater system. Follow the water as it drains from the bathroom tub (and sink and laundry) through a unique valve leading into the backyard garden. (Episode 141).
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Peak Moment: Transit on Demand (Have Cell Will Travel)

22 Jan 2009 | |
View all related to Peak Moment Television | Transportation
What if you could make a call at any time on your cell phone and have a vehicle come to you within minutes, take you to your local destination, and cost about as much as a bus ride? Allen Hancock's notion of demand-responsive transit fills the gap between the private automobile and public transit. Rather than fixed routes and schedules, smaller vehicles guided by intelligent software with gps (geographic positioning system), circulate to where riders are and want to go. Flexible, efficient, low-cost, it uses existing vehicles and roads. Where's the town that will implement this exciting pilot project? (Episode 140).
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Peak Moment: The Twilight of an Age

25 Dec 2008 | |
View all related to Civilization | collapse | Energy | Peak Moment Television
In his book, The Long Descent, John Michael Greer observes that our culture has two primary stories: “Infinite Progress” or “Catastrophe”. On the contrary, he sees history as cyclic: civilizations rise and fall. Episode 138.
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Peak Moment: The Transition Movement comes to America

08 Jan 2009 |
View all related to community organizing | Peak Moment Television | Relocalization | resilience | transition towns
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 and climate change. It's ... positive, pro-active [and] engages the whole community in building resilience into their world." Episode 139.