Post-Petroleum Action Committee:
A growing number of credible sources are predicting that by 2010, the price of oil may be above $200 a barrel, pushing the price of gas up to $3 to $4 a litre. The Post-Petroleum Action Committee is meeting monthly to discuss concrete ways to adapt our lifestyles and neighbourhoods to mitigate the effects of increasing energy, transportation and food costs.
In our June meeting, topics included discussion on effective organizing and community gardens, and a short video on permaculture. There is no cost, but a small donation to help pay for the venue would be appreciated.
Location: Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, 2530 Sixth Line (in plaza at River Glen, south of Dundas Street), Oakville
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Five Actions to Take:
1. Drive and fly less. The more your lifestyle depends on driving, the more vulnerable you are to a gas price increase. Travel less, stay longer.
2. Upgrade to an efficient home. Good for the environment, for utility bills, and for resale value (see Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency).
3. Give local businesses a look. Buying food and staple products locally insulates you from price increases if transport gets more expensive.
4. Network in your neighborhood. Make friends locally. Organize civic and community participation.
5. Learn more! Starting points:
Books: Beyond Oil, Relocalize Now!, Out of Gas, and Superbia!
Local Events: See the top of this page for event information. You may also find some events of interest at the Halton Environmental Network.
WHY MOVE BEYOND PETROLEUM?
Oil supplies are limited. At some point soon, demand will exceed supply, causing ongoing price increases. Preparing in advance is the smart thing to do.
Gas and oil will cost more in the near future...probably far more. It will cost you more to move around, to buy food, to heat your home - affecting many aspects of modern life.
Burning oil also contributes to climate change via increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Moving to cleaner fuels helps mitigate climate change.
Excessive car use contributes to local air pollution, health disorders, and urban sprawl. Moving from "cars to communities" can give us a healthier and friendlier lifestyle.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"As corporate leaders representing a broad cross-section of the Canadian economy, we believe that all governments, corporations, consumers and citizens have responsibilities under the Kyoto Protocol and that the world must act urgently to stabilize the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and minimize the global impacts of climate change."
- The Executive Forum on Climate Change (climateforchange.ca)
"It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely."
- Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President
"It's undeniable, it's here. The good news is that there are alternatives. The bad is that we still stick to our ruts and our old ways."
- David Suzuki
“Energy will be one of the defining issues of this century. One thing is clear: the era of easy oil is over. What we all do next will determine how well we meet the energy needs of the entire world in this century and beyond.”
- David J. O’Reilly, CEO, Chevron
"The peaking of world oil production presents the U.S. and the world with an unprecedented risk management problem. As peaking is approached, liquid fuel prices and price volatility will increase dramatically, and, without timely mitigation, the economic, social, and political costs will be unprecedented. Viable mitigation options exist on both the supply and demand sides, but to have substantial impact, they must be initiated more than a decade in advance of peaking."
- Executive Summary of the "Hirsch Report"
"We think that it was excessive when oil broke $US70 a barrel in 2005, but when you look back to the early 1980s and adjust for inflation, oil was well over $100 a barrel. So what are the old line parties doing to defend our economy against the inevitable oil shock?"
- Jim Harris, Green Party of Canada