In 2013, we realized the need for clearinghouse of news, information, inspiration, and connection focused on rebuilding local resilience in its many forms. With daily content from community resilience leaders and thinkers around the world, Resilience.org has quickly become a daily “must read” for countless members of this quickly growing movement. The site currently receives 1.2 million unique visitors a year.
The next few decades will see a profound energy transformation throughout the world. By the end of the century (and perhaps sooner), we will shift from fossil fuel dependence to rely primarily on renewable sources like solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal power. Driven by the need to avert catastrophic climate change and by the depletion of easily accessible oil, coal, and natural gas, this transformation will entail a major shift in how we live. What might a 100% renewable future look like? Which technologies will play a crucial role in our energy future? What challenges will we face in this transition? And how can we make sure our new system is just and equitable?
In the book Our Renewable Future, energy expert Richard Heinberg and scientist David Fridley explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift to renewable energy. ourrenewablefuture.org presents the book in a highly visual way and includes additional content and access to live discussion.
The Foundation for Deep Ecology approached us with an ambitious goal: Give people an unflinching look at the real costs of our unslakable thirst for energy, via photographs and essays by some of the world’s most provocative photographers and energy experts. The resulting large-format book, Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth explores the impacts of the global energy economy: from oil spills and mountaintop-removal coal mining to oversized wind farms and desert-destroying solar power plants. EnergyReality.org delivers much of the content in a way that is highly shareable and supported by additional media.
The mainstream media regularly repeats claims by the fossil fuel industry and the federal government that the US is undergoing a long-term energy revolution thanks to hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in shale deposits. They also claim that our new oil and natural gas riches will boost the economy for decades and serve as a bridge for developing future renewable energy. ShaleBubble.org refutes these claims with in-depth analysis, reports, and creative media that clearly demonstrate the so-called “shale revolution” is really just a short term bubble.
PETROLIFY: The unholy love child of Big Oil and Big Pharma. Yes, it’s a spoof, but we created the Petrolify commercial as social commentary that reminds us to take responsibility for our personal addiction to fossil fuels. It’s easy (and warranted) to point the fingers at giant corporations, but it’s past time we included ourselves among the culpable. Future generations most certainly won’t ignore our gluttony or absolve us. We launched Petrolify.com to host the viral video and provide additional information about what we can do to kick our group addiction.