On Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00 p.m. the Palm Springs Public Library, in partnership with the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and the Palm Springs Green Scene, will screen the film End of Suburbia as the first in a ‘Sustainable Community’ film series. Following the film the audience will discuss what steps we can take locally to maintain our quality of life.
After World War II North Americans invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream. But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are emerging about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary. The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the people of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today’s suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to deal with The End of Suburbia?
The film is directed by Gregory Greene and hosted by Barry Zwicker. The duration of the film is 78 min. with a discussion to follow. This program is FREE but seating is limited and no reservations are available. Other films and discussions are scheduled at the Library in January and March of 2010.