While the presidential candidates are talking largely about offshore drilling, nuclear, clean coal, and large scale renewable energy strategies to be undertaken at a national level, there is a whole slate of community-based solutions that We The People can be working on locally.
To find out more, consider attending a conference on local community-based solutions to the energy crisis starting at the end of October in Rochester, Michigan.
Plan C: Individual and Community Survival Strategies for the Energy Crisis
The Fifth US Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions
October 31 – November 2, 2008
At this groundbreaking conference participants will explore strategies for reducing energy use in the areas of housing, food and transportation, including both theory and practice. We will examine the long energy decline of the 21st century, the psychological barriers to rapid change, and the challenge of persuading our communities to embrace local, low-energy living.
Attendees will learn survival strategies for growing food, creating local food security in their communities, retrofitting their homes to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and educating their communities to prepare for the difficult times ahead.
The conference will also feature in-depth workshops and panels, Connection Café roundtables with area experts, an eco-tour slide show, screenings of award-winning films, entertainment, tours of local sustainably-designed buildings, and healthy, shared meals.
Schedule of Presentations and Workshops:
- Keynoter John Michael Greer, author of the forthcoming The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age
- Keynoter Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse: Soviet Example and American Prospects
- Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, author of The Party’s Over and Powerdown (via webcast)
- Katrin Klingenberg, director of the Passive House Institute US
- Peter Bane, editor of Permaculture Activist
- Christopher Bedford, President of the Center for Economic Security and the Sweetwater Local Foods Market
- John Richter, co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Education
- Pat Murphy, author of Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change
- Megan Quinn Bachman, Outreach Director of Community Solutions; co-producer of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil