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Post Carbon Institute to Participate in Bangalore Peak Oil Conference

Post Carbon Institute is assisting Project Agastya and other Bangalore organizations to organize a one-day conference examining the implications of peak oil for India on January 28, 2005.

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) January 19, 2005 -- Post Carbon Institute will be one of the supporting partners at “When the Gushing Stops…”, the First Peak Oil Conference in Bangalore, India, on Friday, January 28, 2005.

Assisted by Post Carbon Institute, Project Agastya (an initiative of the 25/Bangalore Foundation, whose aim is to transform Bangalore into a Sustainable Eco-city by the year 2025), the Bangalore Management Association, and the Institution of Engineers (Karnataka State Chapter) are organizing a one-day conference examining the implications of peak oil.

This is believed to be the first peak energy conference to be held in the less industrialized world. It will examine the difficulties that emerge when the world reaches peak oil production, the ramifications for India, and potential responses.

The program will be presented by various stakeholders in the energy sector, NGOs, the private and public sector, research and educational institutions, professional bodies, experts in the field, and the media.

The initial inspiration for the conference was the documentary The End of Suburbia: Oil Decline and the Collapse of the American Dream, a film that Post Carbon Institute distributes.

Chairman of Project Agastya, Mr P.K. Shanbhag, said “Fossil fuels are not endless, and the day is fast approaching when the supply of petroleum will diminish in most countries”.

“If we are to make the transition comfortably from the use of oil to other resources, we must act now,” Mr Shanbhag said.

Founder of Post Carbon Institute, Mr Julian Darley, stated “this day may well come within this decade”.

“We use oil in practically every aspect of our lives, from transportation to plastics to food,” he said. “We need to prepare for this transition,” Mr Darley added.

One of the stated objectives of the conference is to create a working group tasked with the organization of an international Workshop/Conference on Peak Oil in middle to late 2005.

Mr Darley believes it is important that less industrialized countries begin preparing for an energy- constrained future and that it is especially crucial that India and China, the world’s most populous nations, are engaged in conversation and action.

For more information the conference, visit http://www.postcarbon.org.

Post Carbon Institute is a think and action tank that explores in theory and practice what cultures, civilisation, governance & economies might look like without the use of (non-renewable) hydrocarbons as energy and chemical feedstocks. Post Carbon Institute advocates global relocalization as an essential response to peak oil, resource conflicts, climate change and other ecological problems. Their “Outpost” program is designed to start the relocalization process by mobilizing community groups to experiment on how to meet their essential needs within walking distance. http://www.postcarbon.org

Project Agastya is an initiative by the 25/Bangalore Foundation to enhance the quality of life in Bangalore by transforming Bangalore into a Sustainable ecoCity by 2025, through efficient participation of Government, various stakeholders, citizens, Educational Institutions & NGOs, and by the deployment of Environmentally Sound Technologies. http://www.projectagastya.org

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Editorial Notes: The Post Carbon Institute are doing some of the best solutions orientated responses to Peak Oil, and it's great to see that they are now working with groups on other continents. The PCI are also working on booklet-length Post Carbon Outpost Manual for anyone who is considering local organising to prepare for a low energy world. The booklet, which EnergyBulletin ed's have seen an early draft of, contains sections on how to become an Outpost, building local awareness, energy conservation ideas, facilitating meetings for developing other creative responses, auditing local food production and soil types and other resource use, working with local government and much more. It's basically a toolkit for relocalisation, improving both the food security and community culture of your area. We look forward to the final release. -AF

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