The Heresy of ‘Business as Usual’ – The Looming Energy Crisis and How We Can Deal With It – Colin Campbell, David Fleming and Graham Strauts
Date: Saturday 22nd April 2006, 2pm
Venue: KDYS Killarney Youth Centre, next to the Franciscan Friary, in the centre of Killarney
The Heresy of ‘Business as Usual’ – The Looming Energy Crisis and
How We Can Deal With It
Síol Chíarraí/ Friends of the Earth South Kerry held a series of talks in Killarney by internationally renowned speakers analysing the looming energy crisis and offering practical suggestions of how we as individuals, communities and nations can address these crucial issues. The venue for all events was KDYS Killarney Youth Centre, next to the Franciscan Friary, in the centre of Killarney.
Friday, 24th March, 7.30 pm
“Ireland in the Second Half of the Age of Oil”
by Dr. Colin Campbell
Saturday, 22nd April, 2pm
“Lean Energy: A Grand Strategy for the Future of Energy”
by David Fleming
Thursday 25th May, 8 pm
“Peak Opportunity – Food, Energy and Community”
by Graham Strauts
Renowned geologist and founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) Dr. Colin Campbell whose brilliant book “The Oil Crisis” was published recently gave the first lecture. “Ireland in the Second Half of the Age of Oil” addressed the issue of Peak Oil, the underlying geological reality, the confused reporting of reserves, and the impact on Ireland together with some suggested ways in which we can react.
Economist David Fleming’s presentation “Lean Energy: A Grand Strategy for the Future of Energy” coincided with World Earth Day. Grand strategy is the art of getting intended results and avoiding unintended ones. You don’t achieve a grand strategy by doing the obvious thing. Ireland is facing an energy problem much worse than is generally recognised, but effective responses are there to be invented. The evening’s discussion of unexpected energy solutions considered how this could happen. – This event was jointly organised with Cultivate -The Centre for Sustainability in Dublin.
Graham Strouts, Co-ordinator of the Practical Sustainability Course spoke on “Peak Opportunity – Food, Energy and Community“. The world is reaching a turning point. Having created a society almost completely dependent on cheap fossil fuels for nearly every aspect of its economy, we our now facing an uncertain future with rising fuel prices, shortages and eventually rationing. In this talk, Graham explained why the crisis is happening and what communities around the world are doing to prepare. He discussed the approach offered by Permaculture, a system of sustainable design, and talked about the Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan.