The end of suburbia

I wish!

Internationalist Books and Community Center will be showing "The End of Suburbia" on Wednesday August 17 at 7pm at the store. This film explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.

The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia ?"



of course, End of suburbia is showing on the same night that the Cindy Sheehan support vigil is taking place at the Old PO downtown. That's from 7:30 to 8pm.

...And I Feel FINE!

If you're not coming out see this film, please do go the Post Office for the vigil to support Cindy Sheehan. Here's some info I got today:

7:30 Tonight (Wednesday) in 15+ NC Cities Listed Below!


More info and Directions for Vigils can be found on

Cindy Sheehan, mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq, continues her vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She was recently joined by more moms who lost a child in Iraq and other military families. Meanwhile President Bush continues his five-week vacation and pledged Thursday to keep U.S. troops in Iraq—meaning more moms will lose a child.

You are invited to join the following candlelight vigils in support of peace, our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and Cindy Sheehan, mother of soldier, Casey Sheehan, who died in Iraq 04/04/04.

Cindy's inviation: "I invite mothers everywhere to stand up with me so that no more of our sons and daughters lose their lives for a war based on lies and deception. Join me in demanding the truthand an end to the warby organizing vigils across the country, before one more mother's child is lost."

Franklin Street Post Office/Court House
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Hosted by Betty Whitehead
145 registered participant(s)

Brightleaf Square Gregson & Main
Durham, NC, 27701
Hosted by Cathy Moore
227 registered participant(s)

South Academy Street near the Cary Public Library
Cary, NC, 27511
Hosted by D. Bravo
61 registered participant(s)

Community United Church of Christ
Raleigh, NC, 27606
Hosted by Allyson Caison: CodePink
40 registered participant(s)

Boylan Street Bridge
Raleigh, NC, 27603
Hosted by Concerned Citizen
14 registered participant(s)

Satterwhite Point Rd; Kerr Lake Rec. Area.
Henderson, NC, 27537
Hosted by Molly Hakes
2 registered participant(s)

In front of the L. Richardson Preyer Federal Courthouse on the corner of Market and Eugene in downtown Greensboro
Greensboro, NC, 27401
Hosted by Susan Hicks
84 registered participant(s)

N. Main & E. Farriss Ave.
High Point, NC, 27262
Hosted by kirby
38 registered participant(s)

North Topsail Beach
NC, 28460, Hosted by WF Family
27 registered participant(s)

In small neighborhood across Sunset Ave. from Harris Teeter Super Mkt.
Rocky Mount, NC, 27804
Hosted by Linda Edwards
5 registered participant(s)

Roosevelt Wilson Park
Hosted by Veronique Singerman
56 registered participant(s)

Freedom Park
Charlotte, NC, 28203
Hosted by Diane Frederick
215 registered participant(s)

Lake Tonahawk in Black Mountain
Black Mountain, NC, 28711
Hosted by Nic and Fran Nicholson
16 registered participant(s)

Pack Square, Downtown
Asheville, NC, 28801
Hosted by Susan Oehler
200 registered participant(s)

Courthouse at Main & Broad
Brevard, NC, 28712
Hosted by Connie Nash (With Rosemary and Sally)
36 registered participant(s)

Once again, too late. I was at another meeting and showed up at 9ish to find an empty square. Where was everyone!!!


For those who missed it when playing at Internationalist, the Village Project, in conjunction with upcoming Car Free Day celebrations, will be screening "The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream."

Discussion of the film will follow.

Details Here:
End Of Suburbia Showing at Carrboro Century Center

* What does Peak Oil mean for the Triangle, where vehicle miles traveled are higher than national averages?
* As gasoline prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react?
* Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow?
* What can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to address this crisis?

Thanks to all who came out last night! We had an energetic group with a lot to say, and I think the final headcount was just above or below 40.

On the same topic as the film, natural gas supplies seem to be quite restricted after Katrina, and prices may be up 71% compared to last winter.

Sorry to see there hasn't been more discussion on this important documentary. So many of the discussions revolving around our community (connectivity, density, mass transit) are directly influenced by the basic assumption this society has been built upon--the infinite supply of raw petroleum. The supply is not infinite and in the opinion of many, we are approaching an international peak supply in the very near future (the US peaked back in the 1970s). What will our personal lives look like in the absence or serious scarcity of oil? What can we do now to prepare for the eventuality? Conservation can surely postpone the inevitable as can research into alternative fuels. But nothing is going to change the fact the we need to re-examine our lifestyles and our community structures in preparation for change.

I left Tueday nights showing of the End of Suburbia with a much better understanding of why connectivity is important. The film went beyond saying 'connectivity (and mass transit) is important because it's what experts recommend' to explaining the critical role citizen play in conserving gas needs in every single way possible. Same with density. My biggest take-away from the film and discussion afterwards is a desire to re-read EF Schumacher's Small is Beautiful.

Given the exploding population growth and the industrialization of the rest of the world, we must take local action to ensure we have a sustainable community, one that can adapt to new ideas and inevitable change.


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