Magazine article New Internationalist

Kicking the Oil-Habit: The Oil Party's over - Time to Clean Up the Mess

Magazine article New Internationalist

Kicking the Oil-Habit: The Oil Party's over - Time to Clean Up the Mess

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'We must face the prospect of changing our basic ways of living. This change will either be made on our own initiative in a planned way, or forced on us with chaos and suffering by the inexorable laws of nature.'

Former US President Jimmy Carter (1976)

Many changes can be made to minimize the consequences of declining oil reserves. Here are just a few:

[Symbol Not Transcribed] Decide which of your energy uses are essential, which non-essential - and get rid of the non-essential ones. Undertake this assessment on an on-going basis with family and friends. Move towards renewable energy sources when your budget allows.

[Symbol Not Transcribed] Drive only when necessary. Go without a car one day a week, then two days, then three (and so on). Start saving for a car that won't use oil: they will probably be on the market later this decade.

[Symbol Not Transcribed] Grow as much food of your own as you can or buy locally grown food - the food you buy in chain stores and supermarkets need vehicles to get it there. …

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