Sat. July 19:  potluck from 6-7pm;  Movie starts at 7:15pm.

Movie:  The End of Suburbia (see synopsis below)

Location:  Carol B’s house, 10060 Mary Ave NW, 789-8693

For those attending the potluck,  people are encouraged to bring or prepare foods that are “local” or “as local as possible.”   Let’s not be fascists about it, but be thoughtful about what you make or bring, and use it as a learning experience as we all strive to live our lives in a more sustainable manner.  Come prepared to talk about what you learned from the process.

Movie Synopsis: Since World War II, North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness.  Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.

But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge 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, some 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 populations 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 avoid The End of Suburbia?