Christian Long

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a World Without Oil

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Reflection by ADAM K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Rob Hopkins:  Transition to a World Without Oil

Oil is a nonrenewable resource that is often used in the modern day for everything from cooking to transportation. Without oil many everyday things we rely on would become obsolete.

Rob Hopkins says that “Our sense of individual prowess and well-being is directly linked to how much of this [oil] we consume, to a time when actually our degree of oil dependency is our degree of vulnerability.”

The great things that oil gives us (the humans of the planet earth) creates a dependability on oil, which in turn hurts us.

Oil as previously stated, is a nonrenewable resource and eventually that oil will run out, already as Mr.Hopkins has said “there are 98 oil producing nations in the world. But of those, 65 have already passed their peak.”Over 50% of the countries in the world has passed the breaking point in terms of oil.

Oil will eventually become scarce and what will we do?

That’s why Rob Hopkins is starting a new movement. This movement is a slow transition with small cities becoming less and less oil dependent. This movement starts with people growing gardens and becoming less dependent on oil. So that when the time comes when oil is a lost commodity, these cities will be less shocked then the rest of the world. Hopefully this movement will spread to more cities, countries, and continents so that the world and not just small cities are prepared for the shock that the absence of oil will cause.

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