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Peak Moment: The Bicycling Horticulturalist

03 Jul 2008 | |
View all related to alternative transportation | bicycle | compost | gardening | horticulture | Peak Moment Television
Ryan Nassichuk builds food gardens for people. His bicycle and trailer are the sole transport for himself, tools, and materials - including soil and plants! This horticulturist also builds container gardens and composters. Tour a backyard garden in which a 6-week class of students filled raised beds with soil, compost and fertilizer, did succession planting, and built a low-cost composter. Recently Ryan has added free seed-sharing to his wisdom-sharing, while continuing to propagate food gardens throughout Vancouver. This man has a low ecological footprint -- or should we say bike tire tread? Episode 117.
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Peak Moment: Looking at The Big Moral Question

26 Jun 2008 | |
View all related to big picture | Civilization | collapse | next generation | Overshoot | Peak Moment Television
"What's going to happen to our kids?" When Bruce Anderson read "TheLimits to Growth" in the 1970s, he learned that nothing in nature growsforever -- including the human economy. As we rapidly use everythingup, we're now reaching those limits and entering a crisis ofadaptation. He raises the moral, ethical and emotional aspects of achallenge humans have never faced before. He feels we're up againstlimitations of thought, of the heart, almost at a mythic level. Episode 116.
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Peak Moment: Little House on a Small Planet

05 Feb 2007 | |
View all related to housing | Peak Moment Television
Builder and author Shay Salomon finds that the happiest home builders are often the ones with the smallest houses. They're less costly to build and maintain, more likely to be finished, use fewer resources and help people simplify their lives. One version of "smaller" is to share a house, which can ease our loneliness while building our social network. Co-founder of the Small House Society, Shay notes that scaling down can enable a ratcheting up of our whole lifestyle, as we revalue quality over quantity. Declaring "Enough", she says, is the most ecological thing one can do. Episode 119.
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Peak Moment: "Team Fate": Under the hood of a next-gen plug-in hybrid

12 Jun 2008 | |
View all related to efficiency | Peak Moment Television | plug-in hybrids | Transportation
Take a tour of a plug-in electric hybrid modification of a 1996 Mercury Sable, with UC Davis graduate students Patrick Kaufman and Bryan Jungers (interviewed in episode 113). Under the hood you'll see modifications and some interesting new components. Unlike commercial hybrids -- primarily combustion engines with an electric-motor assist -- theirs is primarily an electric vehicle with a small combustion engine to extend its range beyond the all-electric 60-70 miles. Batteries recharge in 6-8 hours with electricity costing about 75 cents per gallon of gas equivalent (2006 prices). Don't miss Janaia's first-time drive of an electric vehicle. Episode 114.
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Peak Moment: "Team Fate": College students pioneering plug-in hybrid electric vehicle design

05 Jun 2008 | |
View all related to efficiency | Peak Moment Television | plug-in hybrids | Transportation
Students at UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center have been creating plug-in hybrids for national competitions for some time. "Team Fate" members Bryan Jungers and Patrick Kaufman describe how they "gut" the drive train of a standard vehicle, replacing it with an electric motor, a bank of batteries, continuously variable transmission, and some clever electronics. The resulting vehicle runs on electricity, assisted by a much smaller flex-fuel internal combustion engine only when needed. Bryan and Patrick also enlighten us on topics ranging from battery technology to hydrogen fuel cells. Episode 113.
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Peak Moment: Learning from the Collapse of Earlier Societies

29 May 2008 | |
View all related to Civilization | collapse | education | History | Peak Moment Television | Sustainability
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, peak oil, and climate change. And, this time, we may see a global collapse. Transitioning to a simpler society will require us to change behavior and consciousness: decrease energy, get out of debt, decentralize, de-consume, grow our own food, build community, see ourselves as connected to the planet. Collapse is not the end, he says. It's part of a natural cycle. Episode 112.
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Peak Moment: We Make the Path by Walking: White Oak Farm CSA

22 May 2008 | |
View all related to agriculture | cob | community | community supported agriculture | education | natural building | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture
Amidst cob-wall plastering in the background, co-director Stacey Denton relays the story of the first years at White Oak Farm and Educational Center in Oregon: Acquiring the 62 acres of food and pasture and protecting it through conservation easements, creating their non-profit organization. See food baskets for their CSA (community supported agriculture) program, visit their abundant permaculture-based farm; attend a workshop in natural building; and delight with kids in an educational program "down on the farm." Episode 111.
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Peak Moment: Advice to Teens and Parents: Peak Oil

15 May 2008 | |
View all related to children | education | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | preparedness
As a mom of two teenagers, Deborah Lindsay is deeply concerned about their future. As a peak oil educator, she paints a vivid picture of a post-petroleum world, with an emphasis on preparedness. With teens she talks about career choices and practical life skills. With parents, she focuses on safety, economic and energy contraction, and steps to begin now. In 2006 she began the daily talk radio show "Tomorrow Matters - Giving a Voice to a Better Tomorrow" to amplify her message. Episode 110.
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Peak Moment: Powering the Rain Shadow

08 May 2008 | |
View all related to conservation | efficiency | hydro energy | off the grid | Peak Moment Television | solar power

Most of Washington State's San Juan Islands don't have grid electricity. Many people have relied on generators, but these days, an increasing number are turning to solar. Renewables installer Eric Youngren discusses how net metering works to pay individual energy producers for power they put back into the grid, and other incentives for small-scale renewable "power plants". He tells us about "run of the river" hydro, powered by diversions rather than dams in creeks. A strong advocate for conservation and efficiency, Eric says we could be running everything in the home on a fraction of the energy we now use, just with rooftop solar. Episode 109.

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Peak Moment: Sustainable Bellingham - Grassroots Organizing is Key

01 May 2008 | |
View all related to localization | Peak Moment Television | Sustainability

Sustainable Bellingham has built a solid infrastructure to be as effective in their community as possible. Team members Sandy Hoelterhoff, Lynnette Allen and David Kowalsky discuss their decision-making tool QET (a Quick Effective Tool), as well as a natural-systems model to define roles for producing events. Called ACORN, it includes roles based on directions of the compass (e.g., physical logistics tasks are in the south, oversight in the north). With a mission of education and communication, they network people, projects and groups with similar interests. Among Sustainable Bellingham 's activities are film showings and a Sustainable Transportation Fair. Episode 108.