talks and events related to the sustainable energy class


Future Visions movie and moderated discussion series: Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

Friday, February 29, 7 PM

6th Street Community Center 638 East 6th Street, Manhattan (between Avenues B and C) Suggested donation $5

SPONSORS: Sierra Club NYC Group

Tristate Food Not Lawns

Neighborhood Energy Network

6th Street Community Center

NYC Oil Awareness Meetup

Crude Awakening: the Oil Crash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. The film features conversations with some of the world’s top experts and delivers a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. World oil production is expected to peak and begin permanent decline by 2015 or before. Increasing volatility in fuel price and supply is inevitable. Many observers think it may overtake climate change as a topic of public concern, although the solutions for the two challenges overlap, and both must be solved at the same time.

The film includes in-depth, thought-provoking interviews with Colin Campbell, Matt Simmons, Roscoe Bartlett, David Goodstein, Matt Savinar, Terry Lynn Karl, Fadhil Chalabi, Robert Ebel and many others. Shot on location at oil fields in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, with original music by Daniel Schnyder and Philip Glass, the film provides not only questions but possible solutions to the most perplexing and important economic, environmental and public policy issue of our time.

Sierra Club NYC Group’s new report explains how preparing for fuel depletion and higher fuel prices will accelerate our response to climate change. “Sustainable Energy Independence for NYC” calls for city officials to follow San Francisco and Portland, OR by forming an energy volatility task force, and sets out recommendations to step up NYC’s sustainability initiatives in transportation, buildings, agriculture and electricity generation. Get the report at

  • WATCH “Saved by the Sun: Is it time to take Solar Energy seriously?” Airing on PBS Tuesday, March 18 at 8 pm


There will be a movie premiere of a documentary with exceptional reviews by many environmental activists. This documentary, “Burning the Future: Coal in America” premieres at the Landmark Sunshine Theater this Friday, February 29! Here is a short synopsis of the film:

“In Burning the Future: Coal in America, writer/director David Novack examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local activists watch the nation praise coal without regard to the devastation caused by its extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.”

And since this is the national premiere of the movie, there will be Q & A sessions with David Novack after the early evening showings on Friday and Saturday, and after the matinees on Sunday. You can look up the movie times on the Landmark Sunshine Cinemas website at This sounds like a really neat opportunity to educate yourself on the environmental and sociological consequences of coal mining. Hope some of you can make it! It is only showing in New York for a week, so see it while you can.

More info: Landmark Sunshine Cinema is located on East Houston between 1st and 2nd aves.

Think about this: Every eleven and one-half days, the explosive equivalent of the Hiroshima atomic bomb is unleashed upon the mountains of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky–for coal.


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