Peak Moment TV Specials

Peak Moment Specials are produced by Yuba Gals Independent Media partners Robyn Mallgren and Janaia Donaldson. They have produced Peak Moment programs since 2006, and videos for local community-access television since 2002.

Peak Moment Specials are presentations and conferences, and include presentations by Peak Oil educators Richard Heinberg and Steve Andrews, visionary author David Korten, climate change author Guy Dauncey, farmer Joel Salatin, and the first Regional Localization Networking Conference of 2006.

David Korten presents "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community"

In this inspiring, lavishly-illustrated slide show, Korten asks: “Will future generations know our time ...[as] the Great Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth’s capacity ... and led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental systems, violent competition for... resources, and a dramatic dieback of the human population?
“Or will they look back ... on the time of the Great Turning, when their forebears ... turned crisis into opportunity, and learned to live in creative partnership with one another and Earth?”
Pointing to surprisingly widely-shared values, is the author of the bestselling book, When Corporations Rule the World implores us to replace the old control stories with new ones affirming life values of cooperation, community and interdependence. This presentation appeals to broad range of people. In a bonus interview (Peak Moment Conversation 45), he unfolds the impetus for writing his books, and the potential for a widespread awakening through cross-cultural exchange.
52 minutes, Q&A 29 min., Interview 28 min. May 2006.

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Guy Dauncey presents "The Great Energy Revolution"

This lively and optimistic presentation is full of practical solutions to climate crisis and peak oil that are do-able here and now. After briefly outlining the situation we’re in, Dauncey illustrates a myriad of solutions already on the ground -- conservation, efficiency and proven technologies – as well as renewables, hybrid vehicles, and emerging innovations that will take us into the great energy revolution.

In a bonus interview (Peak Moment Conversation 26), the author of Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change sounds a clarion call for action at all levels, pointing to the catastrophic consequences if we don’t. With his “can-do” attitude, he lays out practical strategies for personal and community action.
88 minutes, plus interview 25 min. May 2006.

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Richard Heinberg presents "Peak Oil"

A compelling graphically-illustrated presentation by the author of The Party's Over and Powerdown on the timing of global production peak and its likely consequences.
He defines peak oil and details evidence for the timing of global production peak, concluding that “what we do know is that it will peak within our lifetimes.” He covers the likely consequences, and what can be done at international and local levels to prepare for the event and mitigate impacts. When questioners brought up renewables, Heinberg replied that we should absolutely develop all of these as quickly as possible and added, “Working just on supply-side solutions like these is insufficient. We must reduce demand.”

In a bonus interview (Peak Moment Conversation 53), Heinberg discusses community responses to peak oil, including transportation, assessing municipal vulnerabilities, local food and energy production.

95 minutes, including Q&A; interview 27 min. November 2005.
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Julian Darley presents "Relocalize Now!"

In this full-illustrated presentation, the founder and director of Post Carbon Institute lays out the problem of "overshoot", highlighting the impending worldwide oil and natural gas crisis, with a snapshot of Washington State's energy profile. He covers the rationale for relocalization as the prime strategy and action to reduce community fossil fuel dependence. Post Carbon initiatives include Global Public Media, Relocalization Network, Post Carbon Cities, Energy Farm Network, and the forthcoming book Relocalize Now!

70 minutes, August 2006.

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Regional Localization Networking Conference 2006

How do we communicate with our communities and prepare in the face of Peak Oil? How do communities relocalize their economies? Representative from 30 groups gathered for this groundbreaking event facilitated by Brian Weller and Jason Bradford of Willets Economic LocaLization (WELL). Presentations include keynote by EPA coordinator David Schaller “Staring Down Scarcity”, Best Practices, Visioning, The Powerdown Project, Renewables, Complementary Currencies, and processes to promote communications, brainstorm ideas and build organizations.

8:30 hours, April 2006.
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Joel Salatin presents "Holy Cows, Hog Heaven"

Five inspiring slide presentations by nationally recognized ecological farmer Joel Salatin, whose innovative approach to family farming shows how it can be profitable, healthful, environmentally sustainable, and emotionally satisfying. Presentations: Holy Cows, Hog Heaven (keynote), Holonic Farming, Relationship Marketing, Salad Bar Beef and Pastured Poultry.
6:26 hours, February 2006.

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Whatcha Gonna Drive: The Future of Personal Transportation

This all-day event in Grass Valley, CA starred a post-petroleum car and bike parade and show, and included extensive presentations and demos. Keynotes by energy researcher Glenn Rambach, and biodiesel distributor Kimber Holmes. Shorter presentations on local ethanol production (Dennis Schuetzle), bicycles and Xtracycle (Janelle Black and Kipchoge Spencer), electric car conversions (Ray Darby), a 2-person electric car prototype (Jeff Kotowski), CalCars plug-in conversions for Toyota Prius (Ron Gremban), and a comprehensive renewable energy plug-in hybrid vehicle plan (UC Davis Prof. Andy Frank.) Special! includes a 15-minute amble through the car and bike show. Event produced by Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy, APPLE of Nevada County.

Approx. 5 hours, November 2006.
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Steve Andrews presents "Our Energy Future Ain’t What It Used To Be"

"If world oil supply were a six-pack, we just popped the top on the fifth can," Steve quips. In this comprehensive, thoroughly-illustrated presentation, Steve Andrews illuminates the Big Energy Picture, including an overview of global oil production and consumption. He is a Denver-based energy consultant and co-founder of ASPO-USA (Association for the Study of Peak Oil).
77 minutes, May 2005.

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Come Home to Eat" Conference and Festival

On the "knife-and-fork" edge of a growing movement toward a vibrant local food economy and health, this Grass Valley, CA event celebrates the bond between local farmers and local consumers. Program: Introduction (Amigo Bob Cantisano), State of the Farm (Roger Ingram), Terra Firma, Italy report (John Tecklin), Eat Local Experiment. Highlight is a ten-member panel of local farmers, ranchers, CSA owners, and orchardists, telling it "like it is,” portraying the life, challenges, and rewards of being small family farmers. (Renee Wade, moderator).
3 hours, March 2006.

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Two Presentations by Jerry Mander
"Alternatives to Globalization: A Better World is Possible" (2003)

The first presentation came two weeks after the U.S. invaded Iraq. Jerry Mander elucidates why citizens the world over should oppose corporate globalization, and offers alternatives towards a more equitable and just planet. He discusses the global balance of power, the war in Iraq, energy decline and climate change, the "outsourcing" of high paying American jobs, and the media. He closes with what what can be done, and why he’s optimistic.

68 minutes, March 2003.

"The Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples' Resistance to Globalization" (2007)

With many of the planet's remaining natural resources on indigenous lands, traditional indigenous practices of biodiversity preservation have, ironically, made these lands targets for global corporations seeking the last forests, genetic and plant materials, oil, and minerals. Jerry Mander presents the issues outlined in his new book, as well as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Jerry Mander is founder/co-director of the International Forum on Globalization and author also of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, and In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations.

60 minutes, April 2007.

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