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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 8 2012: Sunny,
    Great question!
    For starters, how about making art that doesn't use any petrochemicals (conventional paints, glue, plywood, etc.)

    Maybe involving the community in the making process would raise awareness and strengthen the resistance...

    Maybe you used the perfect terminology: BUILD awareness. Architecture is the "natural" environment of the majority of people today. How about beginning to mainstream GREEN architecture?
    Contrary to what glossy magazines might make you believe, environmentally friendly and efficient construction does not have to be expensive. Let's lead by example and build, expect, vote, and request green architecture!

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