by Chris Rhodes
Across the world, 30 billion barrels of crude oil are produced each year, not only for fuel but to make products ranging from plastics to pharmaceuticals. Nearly all our food also depends entirely on oil.
However, world oil production is set to decline within 5 years. If we continue as we are, Western civilisation will collapse. Our salvation requires a re-adaptation of how we live, from the global to the local; to a world of small communities far less dependent on transportation. Technology will not save us, unless we cut our energy use and particularly our demand for oil.
Meet at The Keystone pub, 3 Portsmouth Road, Guildford at 7pm for 7.30, enjoy a pint, a coffee or an excellent meal cooked on the premises. See also the Café Sci Guildford website.
About the SpeakerChris has recently spoken to Transition groups and Café Scientifique meetings across southern England.
Chris Rhodes, D.Sc is currently an independent consultant dealing with energy and environment issues and is based in Reading.