Post Carbon Newsletter - January 2009

Post Carbon Newsletter - January 2009

Last week, the 44th President of the United States was sworn into office, heralded by many—whether for his ancestry or the promise of his campaign—as the embodiment of change. In an inauguration address notable for its sobriety, President Obama spoke articulately of the "gathering clouds and raging storms" that threaten this country. And he called upon us to act:

"Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America."

Indeed, the time has come to act. To change. And we at Post Carbon Institute are doing both.

I'm excited to announce new partnerships and new strategies that will significantly further our ability to help citizens, groups, businesses, and governments around the world manage the transition towards resilient, sustainable communities. These include:

  • Partnership with Transition United States to inspire and support communities in their efforts to address the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change
  • Adoption of, a clearinghouse of information and insight about the peak of global energy supply
  • Publication of "The Real New Deal: Energy Scarcity and the Path to Energy, Economic, and Environmental Recovery," written for the incoming Obama Administration

Climate change, peak oil, peak water, peak topsoil, peak food... peak everything. All of the bills for society's century-long industrial fiesta are coming due at the same time, and at a moment when the world is collectively broke due to a profound global economic crisis.

Solving these crises is going to take all the coordination, collaboration, and concentration we can muster. In the face of these new challenges and opportunities, Post Carbon Institute is shifting its programmatic focus.

We have made lasting impact and inspired countless people through the development of Global Public Media, the Relocalization Network, Solar Car Share, the Energy Garden, and Post Carbon Cities. As we concentrate our energy on becoming the "think tank for the transition," we pass the baton to those making tremendous strides in developing on-the-ground, replicable models of re-localization. And we give our deepest appreciation to staff who have brought us here: Shelby Tay, Laurel Hoyt, Andrew Calvo, Jason Arnold, and especially our founders, Celine Rich and Julian Darley. We wish them all the best in their new endeavors.

Please stay tuned over the coming months as we share further news, insights, and opportunities.


Asher Miller
Executive Director

1. The Real New Deal

2. Commentary Highlights

3. Relocalization Network and Transition United States

4. Post Carbon and Energy Bulletin

5. Global Public Media

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