To the Ends of the Earth
by Chase Friesen
Backed by the Parkland Institute, David Lavallee’s, To the Ends of the Earth, highlights the world’s reliance on unpredictable, and busting energy systems. Although the use of oil and gas is global, the basis of Lavallee’s film was focused mainly on Canadian production.
Our Dependency vs. New Energy
As noted in Lavallee’s film, Canada has the second biggest oil reserve in the world. Therefore, the flow of our economy is increasingly dependent on the flow of oil. Although there is a long way to come until our dependency on oil is minimalistic, there are things we as individuals can do to help expedite the process. There are also small business and non-for-profit organizations in Canada that support sustainable energy and the communities that face the swings of the fossil fuel economy.
The Arusha Centre
One example of a local organization is the Arusha Centre. The Arusha Centre values the importance of a local economy with a complementary currency system, Calgary Dollars. This monetary system boosts the local economy through the exchange of community members’ goods and skills and with local businesses rather than relying on unpredictable global markets. As a result of the crashing oil market, many individuals working in the industry lost their jobs. According to Johnson, of CBC News, from “December 2014 until April 2016, 3,853 jobs were lost in Alberta in oil and gas extraction and a further 29,196 in lost jobs that support energy and mining extraction” (2016). As a result of this loss of income, many individuals find it hard to apply their skills to other jobs or careers. However, one of our goals at the Arusha Centre, through Calgary Dollars, is to help individuals view their skills and interests as applicable opportunities to benefit themselves and their community. As for alternative energy, the Arusha Centre has created a project called Open Streets. Open Streets is a project based on energy conservation and sustainable energy education. Gerald Wheatley a manager at the Arusha Centre, demonstrated pedal powered live music at the January 25th Calgary premiere of To the Ends of the Earth at Plaza Theatre and talked about the importance of electricity conservation in Calgary.
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Johnson T., (2016, July 6). CBC News. Just how many jobs have been cut in the oil patch? Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/oil-patch-layoffs-how-many-1.3665250
To the Ends of the Earth, (2016). Retrieved from http://endsofearthfilm.com/
Arusha Centre: Communities Taking Action, (2017). Retrieved from http://arusha.org/
Calgary Dollars, (2016). Retrieved from http://calgarydollars.ca/
Open Streets Calgary, (2016). Retrieved from http://www.openstreetscalgary.com/