Like many people, this film was my introduction to Peak Oil and the problems that we are facing. It is very compelling, but there is a problem--As one activist warns: "you have to create a sense of urgency without also creating panic or paralysis."
However the possibility of mobilizing communities to form committees "to research and plan how [to] survive in the absence of oil and its cheaply transported goods" is worth the risk.
One city (Willits, CA) has put its plans online.
The primary objectives of the Willits Economic Localization project are 1) to determine current resource use in the community of Willits, California (energy,Their committees and speakers have covered topics such as:
transportation, food, housing, etc.), 2) to determine how that community can reduce its consumption of those resources imported, 3) to determine local resources that can replace those imported from outside the community and 4) to implement this transition towards a localized economy.
- area energy inventory
- biointensive garden plan
- CSA (community supported agriculture)
- alternatives to commercial utility power
They have also made an inventory of skills to teach and skills to learn--with the realization that they will have to go outside of the community to learn new ones.
I hope to be helping a friend set up a screening in her town. It is not a progressive region, like California, so we don't know what obstacles we are facing. But I will be keeping you posted.