Why “The Shift”?


  1. 1.Current life conditions are leading to disaster for all life on earth.

  2. 2.Old thinking isn’t going to save us. We need a global mind-shift.

  3. 3.Moving in a different direction is our only chance to survive and flourish.

  4. 4. Not only must we shift, we must proceed with the speed, money and energy equivalent to WWII’s armament campaign. 

Half the world’s oil is gone

What Would It Look Like?

This 25-minute video (the longest on this web site) asks us to reflect on the state of the world and ourselves, and to listen more closely to what is being asked of us at this time of unprecedented global transformation.

What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, is it enough to respond with the same tired solutions? Or are we being called to question a set of unexamined assumptions that form the very basis of our civilization?

How Critical Is The Energy Crisis?

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Open Space Question:

  1. 1.Which clean renewable energy source are you most excited about, and what do you think you could do to advance it - faster if possible?

Related Sites for Research

  1. Peak Oil Primer. Many facts and perspectives.

  2. The Peak Oil Crisis. How can we prepare for a post fossil fuel era?

  3. (Al Gore) We Can Solve It / Big Oil Lobbyists


"The world economy spends more than $550bn in energy subsidies a year, about 75 per cent more than previously thought, according to the first exhaustive study of the financial assistance devoted to oil, natural gas and coal consumption. The study by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the IEA in Paris, said removing subsidies was a policy that could change the energy game quickly and substantially.

"I see fossil fuel subsidies as the appendicitis of the global energy system which needs to be removed for a healthy, sustainable development future," he told the Financial Times.

"Phasing out oil, natural gas and coal subsidies would increase energy efficiency and push investments in clean energy sources,"

“If the subsidies are phased out between now and 2020, as agreed last year by the G20, the consumption cut would save the equivalent of the current carbon dioxide emissions of Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain."

Cool it down

Peak Oil

Where do we go from here?

What It Would Take To Replace Fossil Fuels With Clean Renewable Sources?

Stewart Brand’s book, Whole Earth Discipline, summarizes the task. Humanity currently runs on about 16 terawatts of power per year–most of it from fossil fuels. That’s 16,000 gigawatts, and it’s loading the atmosphere with lethal quantities of carbon dioxide. We will need to cut reduce fossil fuel sources to 3 terawatts a year to level off at 450 ppm in 25 years. Saul Griffin gives the numbers for producing 13 terawatts of renewables: Two terawatts photovoltaic by 100 sq meters of 15-percent efficient solar cells every second for 25 years. That’s 30,000 sq miles. Two terawatts of solar thermal at 30% efficiency will take 15,000 square miles. Two terawatts of biofuels from algae will require 1.5 million square miles. Two terawatts from wind (105,000 wind turbines a year) for 25 years. Two terawatts of geothermal would be 3 100-megawatt steam turbines every day (27375 turbines over 25 years). Three 3-gigawatt nuclear plants a week (1,300 plants total). Plus all the transmission lines and infrastructure to support all that—all unimaginably difficult.

The space needed would be about the size of the United States. Is it possible? Technically, yes. Griffin said, “Industrially, humanity has the capacity. But politically, I don’t see how.” Then he added, “But we have to try. Why else bother to be human and be in this game?”

more on global warming

Right now CO2 in the atmosphere is 387ppm and rising about 2% a year in large part due to the burning of fossil fuels. If we fail to stabilize climate (holding it to 450ppm), our civilization will either be gone or unrecognizable.”

Solar Energy Education Grants

The Solar America Cities program is a partnership between 25 American cities. The Department of Energy (DOE) has created solar education and outreach materials that are being made available online, such as Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments. The DOE says "a key tenet of the Solar America Cities program is the ability to replicate successes by sharing best practices among cities." Solar America Cities have received large grants to educate and build solar technology programs.

Read more: Solar Energy Education Grants | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6770038_solar-energy-education-grants.html#ixzz12ZiVwwMj


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