Leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.
Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century.
Post Carbon Institute is doing the most important work imaginable, and doing it well.
-Bill McKibben, Author, Founder of 350.org, & PCI Fellow
We envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds.
The Issues We Address
We believe that the world is experiencing the confluence of crises in four interrelated systems – energy, ecology, economy, and equity. We call these the E4 crises, and they can be summarized as follows:
The age of extreme energy. Declines in the amount of affordable energy available to society mean far higher environmental, economic, and social costs.
Overshoot abounds. Across the board-food, population, water, biodiversity, climate change, etc.-we are hitting biophysical limits.
The end of growth. As a result of the limits within and outside the economic system, we are experiencing the end of economic growth as we’ve known it.
Increasing inequality. Rising domestic and global inequality could lead to tremendous socio-political unrest (and ultimately economic and environmental disaster), as a growing population struggles to share diminishing economic and natural resources.
Post Carbon Institute provides individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century. We help build resilience to withstand these crises, and support social and cultural change to make society more ready to take decisive and appropriate action. Specifically, we:
– Grow collective understanding of our energy reality, and the need for both conservation and appropriate, community-centric renewable energy.
– Promote community resilience as the best way to build thriving, relocalized neighborhoods, towns, and cities capable of withstanding coming disruptions.
– Support a growing movement of innovators and early adopters who can develop best practices and provide leadership both now and during future crises.
Please join our community in supporting a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future.
Post Carbon Institute largely publishes and promotes the work of its Fellows and allies. It maintains two major websites, postcarbon.org for material from its staff and Fellows, and resilience.org for material from allies. Since 2009 it has focused on: publishing articles, reports, and books; running issue-oriented promotional campaigns; and serving as a speakers' bureau for some of its Fellows.
Post Carbon Institute was founded by Julian Darley (President) and Celine Rich (Executive Director) in 2003. (Although not explicitly recognized as a founder, Dave Room helped build the Institute from months of its inception into a funded organization.) Its initial purpose was to implement programs to educate the public on issues surrounding global fossil fuel depletion (see peak oil, peak coal, peak gas) and climate change, as well as on possible responses to these challenges. A key tool for this was a film called "The End of Suburbia," which featured Richard Heinberg and James Howard Kunstler among others. Post Carbon promoted the concept of Relocalization, a strategy to build community resilience based on the local production of food, energy, and goods, and the development of more localized governance, economy, and culture.
Post Carbon Institute was one of the few organizations in this period actively promoting the concept of peak oil, along with groups such as the , the , and the Transition Towns movement, and websites such as EnergyBulletin.net and The Oil Drum. It ran the predominant online social network focused on community responses to peak oil and climate change, the Relocalization Network. Richard Heinberg joined as a Senior Fellow-in-Residence in 2008. Major activities included:
Global Public Media, streaming long format audio and video interviews about the issues surrounding fossil fuel depletion.
The Relocalization Network, a network of groups and individuals working to educate their local communities and develop programs to re-localize food and energy production, and reduce local consumption.
The Energy Farms Network, a demonstration and partnership program to explore production of feedstocks, fuels and electricity by local farmers for local users.
The Oil Depletion Protocol (aka the Rimini or Uppsala Protocol), a blueprint for an international agreement to avoid price and supply volatility problems associated with global oil production.
Resilience.org is a resource platform for communities building local self-reliance, emphasizing community-based responses to the rapidly emerging fallout from the end of cheap fossil fuels. It was launched in 2012 as the successor to the popular peak oil website EnergyBulletin.net.
Think Resilience is an online course on "how to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces" and "how to build community resilience."
Since 2012, publications have focused primarily on energy and/or community resilience:
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