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Within our lifetimes we will see the peak in worldwide oil production. Soon after, we will be forced to learn to function without fossil fuels. The impact on our culture will be extraordinary - in fact, as Heinberg warns, "Civilization itself may be fundamentally unsustainable. When you add fossil fuels to it you have civilization on steroids. That's what we've had over the last couple of centuries, and that is profoundly unsustainable." But while change is inevitable, it's also a source of hope. Heinberg points to the opportunities we'll have to work in service to our natural environment and our culture, and explains how we will, in fact, create a world where every culture around the globe is a sustainable culture.
Richard Heinberg is a journalist, editor, lecturer and a faculty member at New College of California. His monthly MuseLetter received Utne Magazine's Alternative Press award. His articles have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Earth Island Journal, Alternative Press Review and The Sun.
His books include:
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