Destroying Urban Gardens in the Wake of Peak Oil: Will We Build Sustainable Communities?

During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries Barack Obama stated that “the world wants to see the United States lead”, and in a recent speech to the US Congress where he received “19 standing ovations”, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown echoed the same sentiment:

“I believe that you, the nation that had the vision to put a man on the moon, are also the nation with the vision to protect and preserve our planet earth.”

These happen to be amazing statements considering that the “American Lifestyle” has been one of the main culprits of our pending global ecological collapse. This lifestyle has been, to this point, dependent on and maintained due to the availability of cheap oil.

It should be evident by now that one of the main reasons why we are facing the largest economic collapse in history, is in large part due to the price of oil increasing approximately 7 fold in less than 7 years (2001 to 2008).