On Tuesday evening, November 1st, the sustainability organization – Vision 2020-Bloomington-Normal – held a panel discussion on local strategies for dealing with the converging crises of peak oil, climate change, and resulting economic disruption.
Over 25 people attended the panel presentations and the subsequent break-out strategy sessions. The panel session was a follow-up event to Ruah Swennerfelt’s talk on the Transition Town movement, held on October 3rd.
Carolyn Treadway headed the list of presenters, providing an overview of Vision 2020 and the Transition Town movement, of which it is a part. Bill Rau spoke of the need for home energy efficiency and ways people can take concrete steps to increase the efficiency of their homes. Hal Burch presented on the principles of permaculture, and Mark Leymon and Gina Hunter addressed the issues surrounding energy squandered due to the long transportation costs of food and the building of a local food economy.
All the presentations are included below, including the wrap-up session after the break-out strategy sessions.