Essential Website Links

The following links will connect you to essential websites for getting a good understanding of the concepts of resilience, as well as peak oil and climate change and their interlinked impacts.

We have also included a number of related websites that will provide the viewer with a good understanding of related discussions in biology, ecology and environmentalism.

Resilience  The Resilience Alliance is a research organization comprised of scientists and practitioners from many disciplines who collaborate to explore the dynamics of social-ecological systems. The body of knowledge developed by the RA, encompasses key concepts of resilience, adaptability and transformability and provides a foundation for sustainable development policy and practice. Their approach involves three main strategies:

•  Contributing toward theoretical advances in the dynamics of complex adaptive systems

•  Supporting rigorous testing of theory through a variety of means, including: participatory approaches to regional case-studies, adaptive management applications, model development, and the use of scenarios and other envisioning tools

•  Developing guidelines and principles that will enable others to assess the resilience of coupled human-natural systems and develop policy and management tools that support sustainable development  The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) seeks to identify and promote emerging technical, social and organisational innovations that could form part of future sustainable systems.

•  ideas and concepts for sustainable, desirable and realisable products, services, built environments and lifestyles

• See Paper:   "Distributed Systems: A design model for sustainable and resilient infrastructureIntelligence and Policy Instruments".  This is an excellent paper that explores the question of "How do we prepare now for a  future of unprecedented resource scarcity and environmental change?" It posits that "unless we take radical steps to increase the resilience and sustainability of critical infrastructure, access to vital life systems and services is at risk. This paper highlights the dynamic forces increasing the vulnerability of current infrastructure and services and presents the case for distributed systems as an alternative design model. We suggest this model exists in the natural environment and in production and consumption systems that have already begun adapting to conditions of increased uncertainty, resource scarcity and a ‘low-carbon’ future." (This paper was written by Che Biggs, Chris Ryan, and John Wiseman.)

Peak Oil is a nonprofit media organization headquartered in Seattle, WA, that comprises a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers. We cover the world’s most innovative solutions to the planet’s problems, and inspire readers around the world with stories of new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.  World Bank World Development Report 2010 explores economic impacts of Climate Change. Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change.  The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is a non-profit organization that educates on the benefits and values of small local community living.  The Dynamic Cities Project, a non-profit organization creating energy transition strategies as a proactive response to peak oil and climate change  is a clearinghouse for information regarding the peak in global energy supply.  A not-for-profit media resource website providing links to films, transcripts and audio files of interviews and articles about peak oil and climate change  David Strahan's Last Oil Shock book website providing excellent interviews and information  Post Carbon Institute has the mission of helping individuals and communities understand and respond to the environmental, societal, and economic crises created by our dependence on fossil fuels  A well used blog site exploring issues around energy descent   A good peak oil website (based in the UK) that was established to discuss the consequences of global oil depletion following the imminent peak in global oil production, and how to deal with it -especially within a context of global warming and sustainability   Richard Heinberg's website which contains the archive of his thoughtful and useful Museletters  SharonAstyk's website/blog that explores the future will be shaped by peak oil, climate change and economic instability  A very technical website and blog providing peak oil related analysis  Where transition concepts are explored in more depth by Author Rob Hopkins.

Climate Science and Environmental Websites a Green focused web search engine good for searches related to environmental issues.   James E. Hansen heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Hansen is best known for his research in the field of climatology, his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue, and his continuing advocacy of action to limit the impacts of climate change.    Stephen H. Schneider is Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change (Professor by Courtesy in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) at Stanford University. During the 1980s Schneider emerged as a leading public advocate of sharp reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. In 2007 the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US vice president, Al Gore, "for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."   The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.  The World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. Their mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI provides—and helps other institutions provide—objective information and practical proposals for policy and institutional change that will foster environmentally sound, socially equitable development.