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The Last 300 Years in 300 Seconds

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Prepare for Business as UNusual

This is a wonderful, snappy little animation about the last 300 years of civilization. It takes us from before the dawn of industrialization up to now in 300 seconds!

How to tell THAT tale in less than 6 minutes? Incisive writing and narration by Richard Heinberg, author of "Powerdown " and "The Party's Over" and "Peak Everything"

The message: Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil, we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real risk that we'll fall off a cliff, there's still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future.

Have you heard the joke about the 80 year old who enrolls in college? People tease him and say: You'll be EIGHTY FOUR when you graduate!" to which he answers: "Yes, but I'll be 84 anyway."

We will get to a future without cheap energy ANYWAY. We may as well get there with all the preparedness, investment, intelligent initiatives and co operation we can possibly muster. Starting NOW.

--Bibi Farber

This video was created by the Post Carbon Institute