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Oakland: Our Synthetic Sea
Date Friday November 10
Time 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway, below Pill Hill
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]
Presented by Jan Lundberg
Culture Change

Geologist M. King Hubbert, who discovered peak oil, identified the fact that we do not have an energy crisis but a culture crisis. He wrote: “Our culture is built on growth and that phase of human history is almost over and we are not prepared for it. Our biggest problem is not the end of our resources. That will be gradual. Our biggest problem is a cultural problem. We don’t know how to cope with it.” Jan Lundberg is determined to find out how to cope and publishes his newsletter “Culture Change” as a forum for helpful ideas to get people through the culture crisis that’s ahead for Western civilization. Our house-of-cards economy may actually not recover from what might be the Final Energy Crisis. Our culture WILL change; the question is, how will we adjust. Jan Lundberg’s Culture Change organization shows us a good way to reach a positive future, beyond our current plague of plastic and petrocollapse. For the Earth to survive, our future must be more organic, less plastic since plastic debris is filling up the world’s oceans. It should be known that plastic has a stranglehold on our water planet. This short, but very disturbing documentary, Our Synthetic Sea, graphically exposes our addiction to a lightweight, disposable lifestyle -- and the consequences. See the plastic menace in the California coast and watershed. The Pacific Gyre region is revisited to document the mid-ocean pelagic sea creatures and how some are infested with plastic particles. See the plastic fragments ingested by fledgling Albatross in Hawaii’s remote Coral Reserve, a formerly pristine region now heavily contaminated with plastic debris.

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