The Great Change: The World Beyond Petroleum

The Great Change: The World Beyond Petroleum
An evening with Albert Bates

Friends Meeting House
15 Rutherford Place, Manhattan
(15th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Sierra Club NYC Group
Beyond Oil NYC
Neighborhood Energy Network
Tri-State Food Not Lawns
Friends in Unity with Nature

free, but donations to support Albert’s travel costs welcome

With a style both humorous and deadly serious, Albert Bates walks us through the challenges that lie ahead for the United States and the world: climate change, peak oil, and global economic meltdown creating conditions for civil unrest, recession and hardship. Picking his way through the minefield of unrealistic expectations, Bates pulls together a picture of a very different future, consciously created and far better than anything we might have imagined before. Deprived of our consumer habits and profligate energy and water patterns, we will find ourselves in a landscape of close community, local production, and new culture: walkable neighborhoods, alternative economics, rainwater harvesting, counterweights, springs, wind-up, gravity flow, magnets, and giant pumpkin contests. What we make of this new world is still a matter of choice, but already there are examples springing up around the world, and many of these examples may guide our decisions. Come with us on this fascinating journey, arriving soon on a planet like ours.

A former New Yorker, Albert Bates is a permaculture instructor at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm community in Tennessee. He is the author of eleven books on law, energy, history and the environment, including, “Climate in Crisis” and “The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook”. He has taught sustainable design, natural building, agriculture and technology to students from more than 50 nations. For 18 years Albert served on the steering committee of Plenty International, a relief and development organization with a focus on indigenous peoples, human rights and the environment, and also served as President of the Global Ecovillage Network. During his 26-year career as an attorney he argued environmental and civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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For more information, call:
Dan Miner
718-786-5300 x. 27

Copies of his book, The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook, will be available.

Very tasty food for thought.
— John Pike, US Council on Foreign Relations
You may need this in the next 5 minutes.
— Valentin Yemelin, UN Climate Scientist
Mad Genius!
— Richard Heinberg, author, Peak Everything
Great clarity and panache.
— Helen Caldicott, MD, author, If You Love This Planet

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