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Past the Peak: How the small town of Willits plans to beat the coming energy crisis PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 06:25
I recently received (via Ken Gebser on the IC-Info mailing list) a copy of an article about Willits California, a town which - like Byron Shire - has more than its share of smart, progressive downshifters.
A boyish 37-year-old with a Ph.D. in biology, Dr. Jason Bradford only relocated to Willits from Davis with his wife, Kristin, a medical doctor, and their two children last August. Initially interested in energy issues while studying climate change in the Andes several years ago, Bradford didn't really know what he was getting into when he decided to sponsor several screenings of The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream just two months after arriving in town. Hosting a film that proclaims human civilization is going to run out of oil and is therefore doomed doesn't usually guarantee a visit from the welcome wagon. But then again, Willits isn't most towns. Bradford's initial invitation to view the film has blossomed into a popular movement that aims to, in the words of one member, "reinvent the town."
The rest of the article is available here on Metroactive.