What? Screening of the new documentary THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream


"The coming oil crisis is very, very bad news. Yet the facts of oil depletion have been glaringly absent from the media. Few of us are aware to the extent to which our lives depend on cheap fossil fuels and we have not been prepared for the shocks the coming crisis will bring. We are a society addicted to oil and we donít want to hear itís going to run out."

Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too the suburban way of life has become embedded in the American consciousness.

But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary. The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous.

FEATURING: Richard Heinberg -- Journalist and educator, and a member of the core faculty of New College of California, where he teaches a program on Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community. Author of The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies.

Matthew Simmons -- CEO of the world's largest Energy Investment Bank, Simmons & Co. International, with clients including Halliburton and the World Bank. Simmons is a also a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council's Natural Gas Task Force and, as such, has contributed "insider" perspective and hard facts to the growing study of Peak Oil and its effects. "The situation is desperate. This is the world's biggest serious question." "The solution is to pray."

Michael C. Ruppert -- Renowned publisher/editor of From the Wilderness, a newsletter distributed in more than 35 countries including 35 members of US Congress and professors at 20 universities around the world. A pioneer in the effort to educate people around the world about the consequences of Peak Oil and global democracy. Author of Crossing the Rubicon: America's Descent into Fascism at the End of the Age of Oil.

Colin Campell -- Author of The Coming Oil Crisis . Convener and Editor of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and trustee for the Petroleum Institute of London. Former geologist for Oxford University (alma mater), Texaco, British Petroleum, Amoco, and served in various Senior Executive positions for Shenendoah Oil, Amoco, Fina, and the Nordic American Oil Company. He has been published 150 times on the subject of Peak Oil and its possibly devastating effects on industrial societyÖ and others...


"The desirability of the outcome will depend to a very high degree on actions taken now."

"Industrial society must begin preparations for permanent energy scarcity, yet most people seem to be in denial. Until the popular press takes on the story vigorously, screenings of The END of SUBURBIA may prove the best avenue for communication with the mainstream audience."

Where? Eamonnís Pub in the Pickering Village Courtyard, 109 Old Kingston Road, 905-426-1808

When? Sunday, June 27, 2:00 PM

Sponsored by: Observations and the State of Affairs: oil depletion and the geo-politics and strategy of Peak Oil Ė www.newsgateway.ca (external - login to view)