(Crystal A. Proxmire, 3/28/2011)
A new group called Transition Ferndale is seeking to raise awareness and create discussion about the problems society and the planet face as resources become more scarce. On the third Thursday of each of the coming months, Transition Ferndale will host a film and discussion night at the Ferndale Public Library (222 E. 9 Mile) beginning at 7pm. (see schedule below)
Transition Ferndale’s next organizational meeting will be 6:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday, April 7 at Paper Street, 1511 Jarvis. Members are welcome to bring a dish of food to share.
Art Myatt, one of the founders of Transition Ferndale, said “Resource depletion in general and peak oil in particular add up to an ongoing problem for economic prosperity. Environmental degradation, especially climate change, makes the problem more acute. We’ve all seen some economic failures already, with no convincing solutions on the horizon. No political agenda will restore business as usual, because we can’t un-burn fossil fuels already consumed, and our cars won’t go without gas in the tank, no matter how scarce and expensive the gas becomes.
‘We need to adapt to progressively less fossil fuel energy being available. Because industrial agriculture is so entirely dependent on fossil fuels, the price and availability of supermarket food goes in lock step with fossil fuels, so we need to adapt to less of that being available as well. Mapping out that adaptation is the purpose of the Transition Town movement. Transition Ferndale’s video and discussion series is our first step toward that goal.”
FILM SERIES AT FERNDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY:
7:00 pm, Thursday, April 21, 2011
Fresh (72 minutes)
Reinventing the food system; a sustainable alternative to industrial farming
Discussion by Will Allen, Joel Salatin, David Ball and more
7:00 pm, Thursday, May 19, 2011
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (90 minutes)
An upsetting introduction to the subject of peak oil
Comments by Colin Campbell, Matt Simmons, Roscoe Bartlett, David Goodstein, Matt Savinar, Terry Lynn Karl, Fadhil Chalabi, Robert Ebel and others
7:00 pm, Thursday, June 16, 2011
The Economics of Happiness (67 minutes)
Localization: human scale, ecological economies in opposition to globalism
Interviews with Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins and more
7:00 pm, Thursday, July 21, 2011
GasLand (107 minutes)
“Fracking” for natural gas is exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the gas industry is opposed to this loophole being closed – find out why.
All showings are free and open to the public. To find out more about Transition Ferndale, check out their website at: http://transitionferndale.wordpress.com/