The Post Carbon Institute has produced a short video giving (you may be surprised to hear) a brief history of fossil fuels, from the Industrial Revolution till now.
It’s five minutes long and you can watch it here:
The bottom line?
“If we do nothing we still get to a post-carbon future but it will be bleak. However if we plan the transition we can have a world that supports robust communities of healthy creative people, and ecosystems with millions of other species. One way or the other we’re in for the ride of a life time. Understand the issues and pitch in — its all hands on deck.”