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Sunny Monroe

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How can we use art to build awareness of peak oil and start the public discussion on transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Peak oil is a tough message for people to swallow. Most of the people writing on it spin a tale of food shortages, economic collapse, and oil wars that our beloved technology cannot save us from. But there are things to be hopeful and curious about in a post-oil world. I believe that lowering our reliance on oil will force us to build stronger communities, produce less non-biodegradable plastic, drive less, move around more, and reconnect with the earth. I also believe there is an audience out there that is ripe for this message, but it must be delivered in a way that inspires curiousity, empowerment, and hope. How can we use art - public art, music, online, etc - to start this public conversation?

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    Feb 5 2012: The Art is Easy - the exposure time and reach is imperative.
    Money. Art needs money. Artists too tired and poor to push the cause. Artists are notoriously selfish also - all that time they want to spend alone.
    There are artisits out there, many of them that address environmental issues.
    How many do you see.
    Need to flood the media and schools.
    What is earth's present bank balance?
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      Feb 6 2012: "Artists are notoriously selfish also - all that time they want to spend alone. " ?
      I've heard of artists work being self-indulgent (when it's self indulgent work)
      But to say they are "selfish" and work alone is absolute nonsense.
      The very essence of art is to communicate with and engage an audience (other people)
      How can this be a selfish act ?

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