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Kinsale two years on

08 Oct 2007 |
View all related to Kinsale | Local Culture | Local Energy | Local Food | Oil | Peak Oil | Permaculture | Relocalization | transition
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Klaus Harvey of Transition Town Kinsale (TTK) shares with Global Public Media's Andi Hazelwood the benefit of two years of experience in striving for sustainability in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland since the town's local council adopted the world's first Energy Descent Action Plan. Harvey talks about the food, transport and waste initiatives underway, and TTK's relocalization plans for the future.

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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: Singing Minstrels - Teaching Kids About Climate Change

27 Jul 2007 | |
View all related to children | Climate Change | education | Local Culture | music | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | youth

Enjoy toe-tapping tunes as environmental educators Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz regale us with songs like "Penguins on Thin Ice." Their shared goal is for education to be fun and entertaining. Their catchy lyrics bid "Goodbye, Oil" and ask "How do we find the balance?" Their answer: "The economy depends on the ecology." Sing along! Episode 65.

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Peak Moment: Saving the Good Stuff - "The Exchange" at Orcas Island Dump

27 Jul 2007 | |
View all related to Local Culture | Peak Moment Television | recycling | waste

When you go to the "dump" on Orcas Island, you get a bonus. Along with dropping off your recyclables and trash, you can leave your re-usables and pick up what you need at The Exchange. This thrift + building materials + appliance + home furnishings + sporting goods store has no set prices; you pay "what it's worth to you." Founder George Post recounts how The Exchange grew out of the scavenging of useful "stuff" that occurred all the time at the informal dump of days gone by. Episode 64.

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Peak Moment: Peak Oil, Peak Coal and Beyond

09 Jun 2007 | |
View all related to biofuel | Climate Change | Coal | ethanol | Local Culture | Natural Gas | Oil | Peak Moment Television
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Hot topics from Richard Heinberg: record-high U.S. fuel prices; the ethanol big-business boondoggle; coal projected to peak about a hundred years early (around 2020); what the climate change discussion is missing; and enjoying ourselves as we "go local." Episode 63.

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Peak Moment: Sustainable Vashon - A Learning and Action Network

30 May 2007 | |
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Three women envisioning a sustainable island share their activities: Sustainable Vashon's Merrilee Runyan describes "Edible Island" and "Green Seed grants." Farmer Lisa Mathias of Vashon Island Growers Association envisions more neighborhood food production. Hillery Crocker coordinates the annual 3-day island Earth Fair celebrating local food, arts, wellness and community. Episode 61.

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Peak Moment: BriarPatch Co-op - Building for the New Century

17 May 2007 | |
View all related to cooperatives | green building | Local Culture | Local Energy | Local Food | Peak Moment Television | Relocalization

Manager Paul Harton welcomes us to the newly-built BriarPatch Coop natural foods market. It's LEED™ certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and incorporates innovative design throughout. Architect Jeff Gold shows state-of-the-art water and space heating, lighting and skylights, and a polished concrete floor with a "river" running through it. Episode 59.

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Peak Moment: Sustainable Ballard: A Blueprint for EveryTown USA

03 Apr 2007 | |
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David Wright, Vic Opperman and Andrea Faste are "making ripples around Puget Sound" by empowering folks in their northwest Seattle community of 70,000 around "the one issue that unites us" -- energy. Sustainable Ballard volunteers educate, facilitate, and collaborate -- working with businesses and organizations on projects like going carbon neutral, a "Vehicle to Grid" conference, and having fun, too! Episode 54.

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Julian Darley: "Relocalize Now!"

10 Aug 2006 | |
View all related to Climate Change | Local Culture | Local Energy | Local Food | Local Money | Natural Gas | Oil | Population | Relocalization | Renewables | Resource Depletion
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Presenting in Port Townsend, Washington, the founder/director of Post Carbon Institute lays out the problem of "overshoot", highlighting the impending worldwide oil and natural gas crisis, with a snapshot of Washington State's energy profile. Relocalization is the prime strategy to reduce community fossil fuel dependence. Post Carbon initiatives include Global Public Media, the Relocalization Network, Municipal Toolkit, Energy Farms Network, and the forthcoming book Relocalize Now!
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Peak Moment: A Defining Moment in Human History

29 Jan 2007 | |
View all related to Climate Change | Corporatism | Democracy | Fiscal Policy and Dollar Hegemony | Globalization | Local Culture | Peak Moment Television | Relocalization | Resource Depletion
The planet is rapidly confronting us with limits to the exploitative, dominator system of the past 5000 years. David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, and more recently The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, implores us to replace the old dominator-control stories with new stories -- affirming life values of cooperation, community and interdependence. Episode 48.