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Peak Moment: Climate Change, Despair and Empowerment -- A Roadshow from "Down Under"

26 Oct 2007 | |
View all related to Climate Change | Peak Moment Television

After summarizing the facts of deepening global climate chaos, New Zealander Kelly Tudhope notes that our psychological response is often overlooked. Feeling powerless, many people stay in denial. But if we acknowledge our feelings, we can find empowerment arising from our hopelessness. Kelly identifies "false solutions", which are forms of business-as-usual, in contrast to "true solutions", which ask us to change our behavior. Episode 77.

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Peak Moment: City Repair - Permaculture for Urban Spaces

26 Oct 2007 | |
View all related to city | City Structure and Design | green building | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture

What happens when citizens apply permaculture principles to a city grid? They create friendly places within the grid that invite people to come together. Mark Lakeman, co-founder of Portland, Oregon's City Repair Project describes these "creative intervention" projects as placemaking at its best. People learn to work together, build trust and have fun. The results, from painted intersections to cob benches and other organic structures, invite people "to inhabit the planet on our own terms" rather than the grid-locked culture imposed by the city. Episode 76.

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Peak Moment: Sustainable Connections - Transforming a Community Through Local Business

22 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to community | Energy | local business | Local Culture | Local Food | Peak Moment Television

Michelle Long enthuses about how their highly successful local independent business network has transformed Bellingham, WA and inspired other communities as well. From an initial "Think Local First" program, they have expanded to business peer mentoring, and support for local food producers, sustainable buildings, and green energy. An astounding sixty percent of their community are aware of "Think Local, Buy Local, Be Local" campaigns and have changed buying habits. Episode 75.

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Peak Moment: San Francisco Takes Action on Climate Change

22 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to city | City Structure and Design | Climate Change | efficiency | electricity | Energy | fuels | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Transportation | urban | waste

Cal Broomhead and Melissa Capria of the Energy & Climate Program discuss the rationale, aggressive plans, and activities for city-wide energy self-reliance and greenhouse gas reduction. Tools include energy efficiency in buildings, transit alternatives, alternative vehicle fuels, generating electricity with renewable energy, and solid waste reduction. Episode 74.

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Peak Moment: Post Carbon Cities - Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty

17 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to cities | City Structure and Design | Climate Change | Energy | municipalities | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | postcarbon | Transportation | urban
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Smart municipalities are planning and preparing for energy vulnerability and climate change. Daniel Lerch, manager of the Post Carbon Cities project, has prepared a guidebook including case studies of cities large and small planning how to maintain essential services in the face of energy and climate uncertainty. Episode 73.

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Peak Moment: "What a Way to Go" - Meet the Filmmakers

17 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to Climate Change | collapse | consumption | documentary | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Population | Species Extinction | spiritual

Tim Bennett and Sally Erickson discuss the influences behind this heartfelt and riveting documentary on "Life at the End of Empire." Framed in Tim's personal story of awakening to the big global issues threatening everyone's survival. It will touch you and make you think. Episode 72.

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Peak Moment: Restoring Native Landscapes - From a Dump to a Park

05 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to biology | bioremediation | education | horticulture | jatropha | landfill | Peak Moment Television | plant | restoration

A closed landfill in Santa Barbara county is not just being restored with native plants. It also has a pilot project growing oil-rich jatropha for biodiesel. Restoration horticulturists Karen Flagg and Don Hartley of Growing Solutions do restoration education and remediate damaged landscapes -- bringing them back to life. Episode 71.

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Peak Moment: The Inside Scoop from a Biodiesel Pioneer

05 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to biodiesel | biofuel | fuel | India | jatropha | land use | Mexico | Peak Moment Television | Transportation

Russ Teall has developed biodiesel production equipment since the industry was in its infancy. He discusses biodiesel's advantages over petroleum diesel, and the land-for-food vs. fuel issue. His projects involve small scale refineries using multiple oil feedstocks, decentralized production facilities, and oil-rich plants grown on marginal lands. Episode 70.

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Peak Moment: The Social Effects of Peak Oil

22 Aug 2007 | |
View all related to at-risk | city | class | Peak Moment Television | Population | social services | Transportation | urban
How will rising oil prices affect low- and middle-class lives? Sociologist and professor Rowan Wolf sees at-risk populations growing while government services and class divides are increasingly strained. A member of the Portland Peak Oil Task Force, she discusses relocalizing our economies, to counter globalization based on an unsupportable grow-or-die economic model. Episode 69.

 

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Peak Moment: Bullock Brothers Homestead - A 25-Year Permaculture Project

21 Aug 2007 | |
View all related to education | Local Food | Local Water | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture

Take a tour with Joe, Doug and Sam Bullock on their Orcas Island property, site of a yearly Permaculture design course. Using nature as their model, they create edges and wildlife habitat, move water through the landscape, promote diversity, and raise an astonishing variety of plants from sub-arctic to tropical -- a wise investment in these climate-changing times. Episode 68.