top
East Bay
East Bay
Indybay
Indybay
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Indybay
Regions
Indybay Regions North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area California United States International Americas Haiti Iraq Palestine Afghanistan
Topics
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
View other events for the week of 6/ 3/2009
What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire
Date Wednesday June 03
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
http://www.HumanistHall.org
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorFlorence
EmailHumanistHall [at] Yahoo.com
Phone510-681-8699
WHAT A WAY TO GO:
Life at the End of Empire

The evening begins with a social hour and optional pot luck supper at 6:00 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm,
followed by a discussion at the end of the film.


WHAT A WAY TO GO:
Life at the End of Empire

This is a different sort of "Peak Oil movie." Rather than focusing on the approaching decline in oil production and its likely effects on our petroleum-powered modern lifestyles, this stunning film presents that issue merely as a symptom of a larger problem --- modern society as empire.
The film surveys the litany of collateral damage due to our entrapment in the empire:

1) environmental degradation, including the approaching disaster known as global climate change;
2) species facing a new mass extinction event --- this one caused not by killer asteroids but by the march of "human progress";
3) dissociation from the details of how life's basic commodities (such as energy, water, and food) are provided to us;
4) our general ignorance of the technological wonders that we depend on;
5) the dominant use of violence (war) as a means of overcoming obstacles and expanding influence;
6) our Ponzi-inspired, never-ending-growth economic model, which logically must fail on a planet that's not growing any bigger.

We've been encouraged to live beyond our economic, natural, and spiritual means, and we've done quite a job of it. The film lays out the bleak truth for us in a surprisingly watchable package, nicely incorporating narration, interview clips, and strangely cool archival material. Elegant and almost poetic in tone, it gently takes us by the hand as it explains to us the harsh reality of how things really are, where they're likely to go, and how difficult the challenge is.

Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are accepted


Contact Florence: 510-681-8699

Added to the calendar on Tuesday May 26th, 2009 9:20 PM
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the latest comments about this post.
These comments are submitted anonymously by website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
what a way to goMiss T EriousTuesday Jun 2nd, 2009 10:07 PM
We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!

Donate

donate now

$ 144.50 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.

Publish

Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network