Aaron Wissner (valuesystem) wrote,
Aaron Wissner

Peak Oil - Films to Wake the Sleeping!

Gas prices getting you down? Having trouble explaining high gas prices to family, friends and community? Don't fret, because recent film releases can provide an excellent vehicle for waking the sleeping and helping people see how peak oil is already impacting their lives.

Peak oil is the primary cause of increasing gasoline prices. The demand for gasoline is increasing rapidly, while the oil supply is within a few years or months of decreasing. As the oil supply begins its permanent decline, gasoline prices will rise, but may be the least of our worries. Global food production is extremely dependent on oil, as is our monetary system. Many individuals are exclaiming that peak oil will lead to the collapse of civilization. The truth is, no one seems to know exactly how this will impact the world. At the same time, the probability of a global crisis doesn't have to be very high before it is worth learning about.

One fantastic method of learning about this topic, and for sharing this information with others, is hosting an event to "premiere" or "screen" one of these films. After the show, provide structured time for discussion with a skilled moderator, preferably one familiar with peak oil. To keep the conversation going, announce the screening of another of these films. This is not only a positive educational activity, but it can also be very enjoyable to have a truly important conversation with family, friends and community.

I have watched most of the films listed below. They are sorted in each category based on their applicability to peak oil. For more information on peak oil, feed free to read my blog, or simply go to google and search on "peak oil".

Online Videos

"Real Oil Crisis" by ABC Australia

"Our Oil Addiction" by WCCO-TV

"Peak Oil: Gas Prices, Supply Depletion & Energy Crisis" by Local Future Network

"Peak Oil" by ABC Australia

"Crude - The Incredible Story of Oil" by ABC Australia - Review - 2007 May 24

"A High Risk Barrel" or Download Realmedia Alt. by Emmanuel Amara Review - 2007 Dec 24

Feature Length Documentaries

"The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream" by The Electric Wallpaper Co.

"The Escape from Suburbia" by The Electric Wallpaper Co.

"A Crude Awakening - The Oil Crash" by Lava Productions AG - Review

"The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" by Community Solution

"Crude Impact" by Vista Clara Films - Review

"What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire" by VisionQuest Pictures

"The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" by Free-Will Productions

"We Were Warned: Tomorrow's Oil Crisis" by CNN

"The Prize - The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power" by PBS or Homevision

Shorter Documentaries

"Peak Oil - Imposed by Nature" by Tropos Dokumentar

"Mega Disasters: Oil Apocalypse" by the History Channel

"Energy Crossroads: A burning need to change course" by Tiroir A Films - Review

"Oil, Smoke & Mirrors" by Ephrim Pictures - Review

Related Fictional Films

"Syriana" by Participant Productions

"Oil Storm" by Wall to Wall

"Three Days of the Condor" by Dino De Laurentiis Company

"Mad Max" by Crossroads

Also, "Road Warrior" which has an interesting intro about oil collapes, and "The Kingdom" which has a good 1-minute intro history of Saudi Arabia

Additional Resources

There are numerous videos of lectures about peak oil, many available on YouTube and Google Video. There are also videos for sale of various talks, both by ASPO-USA and Community Solution. Colin Campbell, Richard Heinberg, and others have DVD's of their talks available for purchase online. Global Public Media hosts many talks on peak oil. Michael Ruppert's talk "Denial Stops Here" is available on google video.

My peak oil talk
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