Tasmania, like the rest of the world, is facing ‘The Long Emergency’ – the greatest challenge that it is likely to ever face. Oil depletion is at the core of this challenge. Peak Oil will have profound implications across the board – in all sectors of the economy, for farmers, for fishermen, for tourist entrepreneurs, for transport planners, for local governments and for ordinary folk who just make a living and go to work.

Peak oil & Tasmania’s tourism sector

How will Peak Oil impact upon Tasmania"s high profile tourism industry and all those stakeholders who depend on tourism for their livelihoods? In the foreseeable future, demand will outstrip the supply of oil or at least cheap oil, therefore creating enormous problems for the globally growing and important tourism industry, destinations and societies. <a href="">[…]</a>

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State government peak oil study

The 2010 Tasmanian budget allocated funds for a $250,000 study that will look into Tasmania”s vulnerability to oil price rises. Announcing the study, Minister Mr Nick McKim said that it is vital Tasmania prepares for when the supply and price of oil are less certain than they are today. “The key is to do this now, so we will be in the strongest position possible when it happens”, he said <a href=""><strong>[…]</strong></a>
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Peak oil & local government

Local councils have a vital role to play in anticipating oil depletion and protecting their local communities and economies from its impacts. Every individual Tasmanian is directly linked to local government in a variety of ways, so local government represents the most direct pathway to building resilience in the face of peak oil. Continue reading

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Peak oil and you

Few Tasmanians are aware of looming oil depletion and how profoundly it will affect their lives. No matter who you are, your life is going to be significantly affected by the Peak Oil phenomenon. As a Tasmanian citizen you will be subjected to surging prices for many basic commodities, especially fuel and food. This will affect things like the cost of travelling – for work, socialising and recreation.<a href=""><strong>[…]</strong></a> Continue reading

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How to get on board.

There are lots of reasons to get Transition happening in your street or suburb. Transition is a great excuse to meet some of our basic needs… belonging… contributing… connecting… companionship. It’s also a great way to find those wonderful people who want a future with more time for family, less pollution and more celebration. Sounds great, doesn’t it, so how do we get started? Continue reading

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Peal oil & vulnerable communities

Peak Oil poses a major poverty problem for Tasmania. This is not a future problem it is with us right now. Fuel and food prices are already reaching unprecedented levels and are mooted to rise rapidly in the near future. People and communities who are already struggling to keep their heads above water are likely to go under. It is vitally important to identify those who are most at risk. Continue reading

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Peak oil & Tasmania’s food security.

Existing food security challenges combined with challenges caused by looming oil depletion (peak oil) are likely to mean huge escalation of food prices and reduced food choice. It means that we will need to take a leap from our reliance on industrial grown, processed and transported mainland food to engaging with locally grown food […] Continue reading

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Transport – big changes ahead

It’s not possible to respond to oil depletion in Tasmania without tackling the transport issue head on. As an Alderman I see business-as-usual played out in policy and infrastructure decisions on a regular basis. Millions are spent on developing more car parks to attract cars in to the city. Roadways are expanded to allow faster traffic movements. The great tragedy behind these icon projects is not so much the waste but the loss of possibility&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;[…]&lt;/a&gt; Continue reading

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Peak Oil and Tasmania’s farming sector

Oil depletion will impact heavily on Tasmania’s farm sector. Rising prices of inputs (fuel, fertilizers, refrigeration) will translate to increased food prices and decreased supplies of food through the market, worldwide. The cost of chemicals and fertilisers – a major cost for many farmers – is directly linked to the price of oil. Oil depletion will ultimately have a major impact on the price and availability of virtually all foodstuffs […] Continue reading

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Peak oil and planning

Past planning and real estate practice have separated out large areas of land for a single use – such as residential or industrial – and so have increased many journeys beyond walking and cycling distances. This pattern of land use assumes mass car mobility, cheap fuel and huge public expenditures on road building and maintenance. he reality is that cheap fuel is coming to an end and many Tasmanians will not want to, or will be unable to, travel everywhere by car in future. […] Continue reading

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