During the past 60 years, Americans have invested heavily in suburbia, looking for a sense of space, affordability, quality family life, and upward mobility. In fact, the suburban way of life has become the new American Dream. But is it sustainable? Many scientists and policy makers now warn that our suburban lifestyle, which depends on fossil fuels for transportation, construction, and heating, is in serious trouble as global demand for petroleum and natural gas begins to outstrip supply. Unfortunately, we have not yet begun to seriously address this situation, although the environmental, economic, and social consequences of our failure to do so are enormous.
"The End of Suburbia " explores the oil/gas depletion issue and provides crucial information about the choices we must make now. Another film, "Kilowatt Ours," focuses on the companion issue of clean, renewable electricity, taking viewers on a journey from the coal mines of West Virginia to the solar panel fields of Florida and on to workable, cost-effective energy alternatives.
Both films are "must see" for everyone. I am scheduling presentations of both documentaries for local governments, public service and conservation organizations (such as Kiwanis and Audubon), neighborhood groups, and others. If you would like more information or to arrange a meeting, please contact me at (574) 287-1621 in South Bend. Also check out www.kilowattours.org and www.endofsuburbia.com. Be part of the solution. The problem is already ours!
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