Contact: Andre Angelantoni, 415-462-1626
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2009) — An online school based in California is teaching students how to prepare for a coming world without oil.
“Right now, oil production is at or past its peak. The days of cheap oil are numbered,” said André Angelantoni, president of Post Peak Living. “The sooner we acknowledge that, the sooner we can start making realistic plans for the next phase in human history.”
PostPeakLiving.com has opened registration for its new “UnCrash Course,” a six-week online program that teaches people how to succeed in a world of declining oil production. Students may also register into the “Sustainable Livelihoods” course, which concentrates on the skills that will earn money as the economy changes.
With 18 hours of instruction, the UnCrash Course gets students ready for the major areas of life after peak oil. Topics covered in the course include: transportation, food production and storage, finances, shelter, post-peak jobs and health. Expert instructors provide individual feedback to students on all homework assignments. Students also learn from each other in online discussion forums.
“As a civilization, we are completely addicted to oil. Nearly every aspect of modern society depends on cheap, abundant fossil fuels. The clothes we wear, the food we eat, the roads we drive on are all made with petroleum products,” Angelantoni said. “No matter how hard we try, we are not going to bailout our economy so long as it is based on a rapidly depleting supply of increasingly expensive oil.”
But preparing for a post-peak oil world isn’t all doom-and-gloom, Angelantoni said, because many new businesses will form in North America as foreign imports become too expensive. “Our course instructors dedicate a lot of time to showing people the opportunities they have to redesign their life after oil,” he said.
The Sustainable Livelihoods course is a two-hour examination of how the work world will change and the specific kinds of jobs that will be in demand. It is taught by Sarah and Paul Edwards, authors of “Middle Class Lifeboat, Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy.”
The number of people who are aware of peak oil is growing. But they are still few and far between, so it is vital that these courses are available to anyone with access to the Internet, Angelantoni said.
The UnCrash Course begins Sept. 5 and continues for six Saturdays. Sustainable Livelihoods: Now, In Transition and Post-Peak takes place Sept. 13.
In addition to these courses, Post Peak Living also offers “Chickens 101” and “Introduction to Sustainable Gardening.”
For information, visit http://www.PostPeakLiving.com or call André Angelantoni at 415.462.1626.
Media coverage resulting from this press release:
Can You Survive Life After Cheap Oil? It May Be Time to Find Out
Huffington Post, Sept. 17, 2009
Would You Know How to Survive After the Oil Crash?
AlterNet, Sept. 17, 2009
Meet the Planet (Radio)
Aug. 30, 2009