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Fuelling the Future DVD Released and Audio Files available

'Fuelling the Future - the challenge and opportunity of Peak Oil' was a two day conference held in Kinsale over the weekend of June 18th-19th 2005. The conference addressed not only the issue of peak oil but also a range of solutions to it, from natural building and local food production to renewable energy and local economics. The weekend was a huge success and has done much to promote discussion around the issue of peak oil in Ireland. Speakers included Richard Heinberg, Colin Campbell, David Holmgren and Richard Douthwaite. Fuelling the Future has just released a 2-disc DVD set of the conference featuring all the main speakers. Beautifully packaged and professionally edited, this is an excellent record of the event, and an inspirational tool for anyone with an interest in peak oil and creative strategies for adapting to it. The cost of the DVD set is €15 plus p&p. To order copies (credit card payment can be taken) please contact Fergal Mohan at

You may also be interested to check out the audio files of the weekend which are now available at The website also features an excellent Peak Oil Q&A, and other information about the weekend. The full list of speakers from the weekend is Dr. Colin Campbell of ASPO, Richard Heinberg, David Holmgren (the cofounder of permaculture), Richard Douthwaite of FEASTA, Rob Hopkins (permaculture teacher), Quentin Gargan (organic farmer), Eamon Ryan TD and RTE TV's Duncan Stewart.

Editorial Notes: I was lucky enough to attend this genuinely inspiring event, where the sense of urgency was complimented by a real sense of solidarity and readiness. I'd recommend unseen the DVD to anyone looking for a way to tackle the issue of Peak Oil constructively and with a community focus. Ask Rob or Mohan if for an extra €5 they might be able to throw in a copy of the excellent booklet Kinsale 2021: Energy Descent Action Plan, probably the world's first local action plan for dealing with Peak Oil. I'll be publishing a kind of report about the confernce to EB sometime over the next week. -AF

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