Petrolify: The Poison Pill that Is Destroying the Planet
November 1, 2014
The Post-Petroleum Institute & Steve Cutts / Grist
Petroleum is a miracle substance. With millions of years of solar energy stored in every drop, it provides everything from plastic toys and mobile phones to complex global systems that feed, shelter, and govern billions of people. Unfortunately, our unparalleled levels of abundance come with significant side effects -- including environmental collapse, species extinction and resource wars. We don't have to continue down this highway to hell. We need to break our fossil fuel addiction.
Ask Your Planet Before taking Petrolify(R)
The Post-Petroleum Institute
(September 2014) -- Petroleum is a miracle substance. With millions of years of solar energy stored in every drop, it enables much of what we most enjoy in life; from plastic toys and mobile phones to the highly complex global systems that feed, shelter, and govern billions of people.
Unfortunately, our unparalleled levels of abundance come with significant side effects, which include awfully scary things like environmental collapse, species extinction and resource wars.
We don't have to continue down this highway to hell on earth. Our way of life can be more beautiful and fulfilling than ever, and, importantly, for more of us. But it requires us being much more thoughtful about how and how much we use energy. USE LESS, LIVE MORE.
Side Effects May Vary
Our addiction to oil (and coal and natural gas) comes
with some surprising, and potentially fatal, costs.
Break the Addiction
Here are some ways you can get started.
The first step to breaking our fossil fuel addiction is understanding it.
Take the Pledge
Only four bullet points, but taking the pledge means you're ready for an entirely different energy reality.
Take the Pledge
Energy is at the heart of the human predicament in the 21st century. The ecological and economic costs of non-renewable (and disappearing) fossil fuels are rising rapidly, and dragging down our economy. In every sense of the word, this is unsustainable. It's time to remake our energy economy under different terms. Join the rest of us who are ready to create our own energy future that doesn’t destroy the planet . . . just to keep the lights on.
THE ENERGY REALITY PLEDGE:
I'm ready for an energy reality that:
* Prioritizes reducing overall demand for energy through curtailment and efficiency.
* Treats fossil fuels like the valuable, limited resources they are.
* Shifts from centralized non-renewable energy supplied by unaccountable multinationals to decentralized renewable energy produced by communities.
* Minimizes the environmental and social impacts of this transition.
Spread the Word
Ask your friends and loved ones if Petrolify (R) is right for them.
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