ASPO-Nelson Peak Oil Group

Discussing Council Action Plan for Nelson/Tasman & presentation to Nick Smith. 7.30pm Friday 29th June, Salvation Army Hall, 1st floor. Contact: Ted Howard  548-8707.

Beginners Guide to meaning  & impact of “Peak Oil”

Presentation by Carl Horn, 6pm Friday 29th June, Salvation Army Hall, 1st floor, Montgomery Square, phone: 539-1108

ASPO-USA 2007 World Oil Converence

ASPO-USA will hold its 2007 World Oil Conference, October 17-20, at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston, Texas. Click here to view details

Re-localisation Events April 2007


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Thurs 26 afternoon 1:00pm - 4 :00pm:  Seminar for Nelson & Tasman regional council representatives: “Can a Permaculture Makeover Save the Suburbs?
Venue:  Nelson Council Chambers
Thurs 26, evening 7:30pm to 10:30pm:   
Permaculture: Solutions for the energy descent future

Venue:  Nelson Council Chambers

Sat 28 - Sun 29:  Energy Transition and Settlement patterns - Planning for a Sustainable Future & Economy - Nelson Tasman Weekend Symposium

Keynote Speaker & workshop session facilitator David Holmgren.
Tahuna Conference Centre, Tahuna Beach Holiday Park, 70 Beach Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson


Public Film Screenings 2007 Film Schedule


MOTUEKA: Saturday afternoon (as below) at Community House, Decks Reserve, Motueka from 2 to 4.30 pm.

NELSON: Wednesday evenings (as below) at lecture theatre A211 NMIT Cnr Alton & Bridge Sts (entrance of Alton St


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March Wed 21st & Sat 24th An Inconvenient Truth
April Wed 18th & Sat 14th Can We Save Planet Earth? With David Attenborough
May Wed 16th & Sat 26th ABC - 4 Corners: Peak Oil Documentary
June Wed 20th & Sat 23rd Peak Oil Imposed By Nature
July Wed 18th & Sat 21st End of Suburbia
August Wed 15th & Sat 18th Power of Community


An Inconvenient Truth

March (Wed 21st & Sat 24th)

Al Gore, the ex vice-President and one-time next President of the United States exposes climate change and global warming, demonstrating how CO2 levels are already way above anything in the past 500 thousand years, and that burning of fossil fuels is the culprit.  He shows how the greenhouse effect works and explains the delicate balance that has kept planet earth habitable for many millions of years.  Global ice masses are now melting faster than ever before.  Time is running-out for the human population that lives at sea level, and food supplies and water resources are under threat.  If you have not seen this already, you must - and then join-in the discussion. See also   (Duration 90 minutes)

Can We Save Planet Earth? With David Attenborough.

April (Wed 18th & Sat 14th)

David Attenborough shows us how we contribute to global warming, and how we can reduce our impact on the planet ourselves here in Nelson/Tasman.
Legendary naturalist David Attenborough narrates a 2006 BBC film about the impact of humans on Earth’s climate. Examining climatic events throughout the world, from the collapse of the glaciers in Greenland to bush fires in Australia, he builds the evidence for a connection between them. He also visits 2050 when summer temperatures in Britain of 38 degrees centigrade will be the norm unless action is taken.
Every year humans add 25 billion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, half coming from domestic activity. Attenborough shows how a fictional family, the Carbons, contributes to carbon emissions. He then introduces us to the Tans, a fictional Chinese couple. Whereas they consume only one seventh of the energy of the Carbons they are catching up and set to overtake the West.
Attenborough argues that now the consequences of our actions are clear we must act, “individually and collectively; nationally and internationally-or we doom our future generations to catastrophe.” 156 words

ABC - 4 Corners: Peak Oil Documentary

May (Wed 16th & Sat 26th)

Australian documentary on what Peak Oil is and what the future of less oil means for us in the South Pacific. A local look at the worldwide phenomenon. Originally screened on television both here and in Australia. An easy to understand explanation of the meaning and implications of the phrase ‘Peak Oil.’   45 min.

Peak Oil Imposed By Nature

June (Wed 20th & Sat 23rd)

From Europe half hour documentary interview with Colin Campbell. More in depth about peak oil than End of suburbia. Colin Campbell a top Oil company geologist explains why Peak Oil is real, and why the lack of oil will be of great importance in future town planning.   30 min. This documentary mainly stars, amongst others, Colin Campbell, founder of ASPO in 2000 and ex petroleum geologist for Texaco, BP, Amoco (Exploration Manager) and Fina. He explains why Peak Oil is real, and why the lack of oil will be of great importance in future town planning.  Discussion questions could include a) Council planning to avoid dependence on private vehicles, and oil. b) How the council would avoid and then deal with resource allocation and rationing as in wartime (this is mentioned in the film). Film produced with support from The Norwegian Film Fund, and Freedom of Expression Foundation Oslo. No copyright details displayed.

End of Suburbia

July (Wed 18th & Sat 21st)

Canadian documentary  outlining the ramifications of, and solutions to, living more than 3km from any town centre. Relevant to anyone living on a hill, northeast of the Atawhai, west of Richmond, south of Hope, or more than 3km away from Motueka.

Power of Community

Aug (Wed 15th & Sat 18th)

How Cuba survived peak oil. 1hr Elvira is endlessly curious about what might go right in our future. To this end, she traveled to Cuba to see a society that went through an energy and economic crisis simultaneously, and had to rebuild its agricultural system from the worms up...Come and hear about a country where cities grow enough food to feed their citizens, where bikes outnumber cars, and where organics is the norm!
The Power of Community: How Cuba survived Peak Oil
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, Cuba lost half of its oil imports.
During what the Cubans called The Special Period’ they adapted with some pain and a lot of courage to the shortages of energy. This film documents Cuba’s experience so their trials and successes are not lost. We witness their move from large plantations, with their dependence on fossil fuels, to small organic farms and urban gardens using whatever natural fertilizers, tools and skills were at hand.
Cuba can be seen as a living experiment of what we will all have to go through when oil becomes scarce and unaffordable. The country and its people have demonstrated how the transition from a heavily industrialised society based on cheap energy to a sustainable society with a strong sense of community is within our reach if we start to prepare before the crisis hits. This film is a story of cooperation and hope.