I am on the Orange Politics "Junkie" list, so I receive an email when a new post goes up on OrangePolitics.org. In this case it was an announcement of a film being shown in Orange County, however, Ruby's lead-in was provocative.
I actually think often of what our lives will be like after the assumption of plentiful and cheap petroleum is gone. For example in Chapel Hill, homes in walking distance of the campus will be even more valuable than they are now. How about homes near Carolina North? If we have managed to get some transit infrastructure into place, that will also drive the value of locations if the only appealing way to get to RTP is by transit. Or will RTP go away, a relic of the dinosaur age of cars? Will we see 10-story buildings in downtown Carrboro?
Anyway, like I said, I think about this, so I am very intrigued abut this film that is "a provocative look at the world of oil scarcity set in Orange County in the near future."
Being on the Orange County Transportation Board, this post by Ruby S. really peeked my interest. How can we put together 35 year plans without dealing with peak oil? Specifics on the showing after the break.
Citizens to hold energy meeting
CARRBORO -- A group of concerned citizens, sponsored by local organizations, will hold a public meeting on April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Century Center to address our energy future with a focus on local solutions to global problems.
Local filmmaker Jim McQuaid screens his new film "After the Peak" -- a provocative look at the world of oil scarcity set in Orange County in the near future -- followed by a public meeting about the energy future and how to address these challenges locally.
The organizers include Mike Lanier, Stephen Hren, Tom Henkel, Alison Carpenter, Blair Pollock, Jim McQuaid, Dave Stancil and Sally Goerner. Sponsors include N.C. Cooperative Extension, N.C. Powerdown, SURGE, The Chapel Hill Solar Roofs Committee, The Alliance for Community Economics, The Orange County Economic Development Commission, The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and The Village Project.
Following the film, three speakers will give short presentations on ideas for local solutions to these global challenges. Those presentations will be followed by audience questions and comments. The speakers will include Simon Rich, a leader on the interconnection of energy and agriculture; Eric Henry, long associated with a wide variety of local solution issues from bicycling, to land use, to sustainable apparel; and Patrick McDonough, a board member of The Village Project and a transportation planner.
The meeting is free and open to all interested members of the public. For more information, contact Mike Lanier at 245-2063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.