2010 Conference Videos

 

2010 International Conference on Sustainability: Energy, Economy & Environment

 

The 2010 Local Future conference featured fifteen speakers on the areas of renewable energy, peak oil, permaculture, collapse, risk, money, economics, food security, and related topics.  High definition videos are now available below from the first session of the conference.  Featured speakers include John Sarver on renewable energy, David Gard on peak oil, Nathan Ayers on permaculture, and Kurt Cobb on rates and risks.

Renewable Energy Potential: Case Study Michigan - John Sarver

Renewable energy including solar, wind, and biomass will provide the energy for the future.  In this case study of one state, energy expert John Sarver details the potential of Michigan to provide all of its energy from renewables.  Michigan is found to have the third highest renewable energy potential of any state in the USA. Offshore wind in the Great Lakes could provide for all the electricity needs of Michigan, given adequate storage such as pump storage. Solar energy and renewable biomass are also readily available.

 

Peak Oil 2010 Executive Summary Report on ASPO-USA - David Gard - 1 of 2

Peak oil is here now. Peak oil is about flows and natural limits. ASPO-USA, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas held its annual conference and meeting in Washington D.C. in 2010. David Gard, energy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, attended the ASPO-USA conference and provides an in depth executive summary for those already familiar with peak oil.  This is an 18-minute presentation titled "Permaculture and our Energy Conscious Future: From Consumers to Producers" created by David Gard.

 

Peak Oil 2010 Executive Summary Report on ASPO-USA - David Gard - 2 of 2

 

Peak Oil & Climate Change Solutions: Permaculture - Nathan Ayers - 1 of 2

Permaculture or "permanent culture" offers an opportunity to address climate change, peak oil, and financial instability. Permaculture educator Nathan Ayers explains the roots of permaculture, how it addresses peak oil and climate change, its connection to transition towns and sustainability, and the guiding permaculture principles.  This is a 30-minute presentation titled "Permaculture and our Energy Conscious Future: From Consumers to Producers" created by Nathan Ayers.

 

Peak Oil & Climate Change Solutions: Permaculture - Nathan Ayers - 2 of 2

 

 

Peak Oil, Climate Change, and Risk: Explanations with Flair - Kurt Cobb

Kurt Cobb, writer and author of Prelude: A Peak Oil Novel demonstrates ways to explain peak oil, climate change, and risk. Cobb uses simple household objects to demonstrate how the rate of flow can impact extraction rates for oil, and how the flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is leading to increasing levels of CO2 and climate change. Kurt Cobb discusses a simple example for explaining why even a low risk of peak oil or climate change is worth taking seriously.

 

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