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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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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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Peak oil and your health

Your health and that of all Tasmanians will almost certainly be affected by peak oil. Whether the outcome is improved health or a deterioration will largely be determined by the ways in which we choose to respond individually and collectively […] Continue reading

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Peak oil and the Tasmanian economy

Building resilience into the economy will have the spin-off effect of building resilience into the Tasmanian community. Being almost totally reliant on a fragile world economy will not be healthy. Goods and services that we rely on for our sustenance and livelihoods should be, as far as practicable, produced locally. There are inspirational efforts already being made in many areas of Tasmania to that end […] Continue reading

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Peak oil & Tasmania’s Transition Communities

In the absence of serious leadership at any level of government, communities are beginning to develop their own responses to reduce their dependence on oil. The Transition Movement is built around two key concepts – ‘resilience’ and ‘re-localisation’. Local community groups work together to help one another learn old skills, grow more of their own food, make their homes energy efficient, create local jobs and tackle transport issues. Most importantly they help people to be courageous enough to keep peak oil and climate change in the forefront of community and personal planning. Continue reading

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