Community conversations on peak oil this fall

Sears Hill bridge at night

Stauntonians have come together to fix the Sears Hill Bridge. Now, can we build a bridge to the future? Photo: taberandrew via Flickr.

Join us for our next conversation in this three part series, “Beyond Green: Why Local Food is Just the Beginning,” Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00pm.

As the economy stagnates, many local families continue to face rising costs, unemployment, and home foreclosures. Now, with energy prices rising again, drivers also have to pay more and more to fill up their tanks. The media tells us things are getting better. Are you convinced?

People are starting to wonder how bad things have to get before they start to get better. They’re tired of wishful thinking, half-solutions, and distractions coming out of Washington. In the Shenandoah Valley, many of us have started taking matters into our own hands with local solutions for land conservation and watershed protection, historic preservation, and promoting local food and local businesses.

These efforts have been effective on their own. But they’ve failed to come together to address the magnitude of challenges to the global and national economy that affect us locally, particularly the high energy costs that started the Recession in 2008 and that continue to threaten families into the foreseeable future.

More than ever, we need a unified response to today’s challenges and a plan for a sustainable future. That’s why Transition Staunton Augusta has scheduled three community conversations this fall on our energy and economic situation, how they’re linked, and what we can do about it. Each talk will consider the big questions while also giving you simple, concrete steps you can take on your own to learn more and prepare yourself and your family for a world beyond peak oil.

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How Peak Oil Will Change Everything in Your Life and Why That Could Be Just What You Need: Three Community Conversations

refreshments iconRefreshments served. Free and open to the public. All meetings will be held at the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue, (540) 332-3902. Co-sponsored by the Shenandoah Group of the Sierra Club. Click here for directions.

Beyond Pain at the Pump: What is Peak Oil and What Does It Mean for You?
Tuesday, September 13, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

gas pump suicideCould today’s high gas prices be the sign of a new, permanent energy crisis? Some experts think we’re in for an even wilder ride than in the seventies now that the world has passed the point of “peak oil.” If it’s true, from now on, gasoline and everything else connected with oil will get more expensive. There are alternatives — from “unconventional” fossil fuels like tar sands and shale gas to renewable energy like solar and wind — but will they be big enough and can they come soon enough? In this conversation, you’ll learn the basics about peak oil and get to join a discussion about what it means to America, the Shenandoah Valley and your family.

Beyond Fear: What We Can Do to Prepare for a World that’s Less Global and More Local
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

globe made in ChinaPeak oil can be a scary topic. And, since oil affects everything in life from transportation to food to the prices of all goods and services, everybody will be affected. Peak oil will slow the flow of goods from the global market and mean that we have to make more things for ourselves again, not just in America, but in Staunton and Augusta County too. There’s no way to stop peak oil, but there is a lot we can do to prepare for a more localized world.  This conversation will be our chance to talk about all the things we’ve done already to develop local prosperity and consider the benefits of taking even more of our economy into our own hands.

Beyond Green: Why Local Food is Just the Beginning
Wednesday, November 2, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

green grass economyStaunton and Augusta County have already accomplished much to save our main assets — fertile farmland and family farmers, historic architecture, a small-town quality of life — while at the same time trying to create jobs by re-localizing our economies. But we can do so much more. And to prepare for peak oil, we need to ensure our prosperity as the global economy contracts. This conversation will focus on how we can build on today’s local food and Buy Local movements to provide more of our products and services in the future. That could mean local and sustainable transportation and clean energy but also local healthcare, local education and even a rebirth of local manufacturing.