Thursday, April 10, 2008

Peak Oil : Participate in “The New Game for Humanity”

"André Angelantoni, founder, Inspiring Green Leadership, hosts the free, bi-weekly Peak Oil, Climate Change and Business Online Executive Briefing, which educates businesses and individuals on the coming oil shock and how they can prepare for it." He is interviewed by Meredith Medlin of Living Green Effortlessly. He is talking of the coming oil crunch which is an inevitable result of the peak oil phenomenon.

He separates peak oil afficianados into two groups: 'rapid peak' and 'delayed peak'. He is a self-described rapid peak person, and has a message of approximately peak oil is coming real soon, we must now begin to change how society does transportation and everything.

I think he is overly focused on what individuals do in their households. While that is important the individual use of energy resources is only a small part of the overall picture. What of the corporate use of energy resources to produce and transport goods and services? The solution needs to come from not just personal changes but also corporate changes.

An interesting idea he raises is a parallel with the five stages of death and dying. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross defined these five stages that people tend to go through in dealing with the death of another. In this case we are observing the death of a lifestyle to which we have become accustomed. And I suppose they'd say the Hummer and other SUV's is an example of the Denial stage. "What? This can't be happening, there's no limitation on oil availability, so it doesn't matter if I drive a vehicle that gets 5 gallons to the mile. There's always going to be enough oil."

He recommends taking some initiative right now, especially in self-education, learning to build things, to be a resource for your local community, etc.

He also has a business coaching businesses in adjusting to the coming peak oil situation. He runs it as a 'game', the “New Game for Humanity”. He starts the game by suggesting that the goal is to create community-sufficient communities. That is, in addition to self sufficiency, that communities also must have sufficient resources for themselves.

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