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End of Suburbia, The (2004)
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Starring: Jim Kunstler, Richard Heinberg, Matthew Simmons, Colin Campbell, Julian Darley
Director: Gregory Greene
Category: Documentary
Studio: Electric Wallpaper
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Length:
78 mins

 
 

 

Oil Depletion and The Collapse of The American Dream

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 the suburban way of life has 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.

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?