[Ag61] Oil-less Culture

AUTHOR: Natalia Andriotis

Guardian Article

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How we use oil
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CROSSLINKS:

Database:
[061][062][063]
[064][065][In61]
[In62][Pl61]
Prototypes:
[UCS]
Scenario Games: Action Plan:
[AP61]
External:
www.guardian.co.uk/oil

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ACTORS/AGENTS
Oil companies; Government; Farmers; Residents;
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DESCRIPTION
‘If we switched back to sin fuels that increase our emissions, climate change will undo us even faster than peak oil.’

Some people believe that in the next five years we will have reached peak oil - the point at which half the world’s oil reserves will have been used up. Once we reach that point, production levels will decrease rapidly and our main source of energy will start to run out. Until we manage to find an alternative viable energy source to replace oil, we are being forced to look at life in a very different way. Alternative sources of energy are being explored such as hydrogen and biofuels but these aren’t always feasible solutions.

‘It would take over 25m hectares of arable land to run the UK’s vehicles on biodiesel, and the UK only has 5.7m hectares of arable land. We need to eat too.’

The only solution is to bring this type of industry into the city using a system such as the [UCS] which is a type of cladding system that is used to grow algae for the production of biofuel. This type of system encourages the use of traditional farming techniques to be adapted and used within the urban fabric, taking advantage of the latest research and technologies, reducing our CO2 emissions and at the same time providing a source of renewable energy that can replace fossil fuels.

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RESEARCH AGENDA