Crisis Planning and Personal Interventions Class Starts TOMORROW

I still have spaces in this class, which is designed to help others sort out the complicated intersections of multiple crises.  The class is taught by both me and my husband, Eric Woods.

This is an exciting class for us to be teaching, since it combines so many of our strengths and experiences.  Eric has a Ph.d in Astrophysics from Harvard and a BA in Physics from MIT, and has been teaching environmental physics for an number of years at SUNY Albany.  I'm a member of the board of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA), and a long time writer on energy, climate and environmental issues.  So this is  a great chance for us to share our experience with you, and help sort out some complexities and begin to figure out what all this actually means for our lives.

If you are interested in a space, please email me at

The class is four weeks long,  asynchronous, online and on Facebook - you can participate at your convenience.  The goal is to give people a better sense of how the intersections between energy depletion, climate change and related economic and social issues may play out in their region and in their lives.  Here's a syllabus:

Week 1: Feedback loops, intersections, and interactions - how things work together.  This week will cover the basic science and history of peak oil, climate change and the underlying implications of the myths of perpetual growth, and begin to explore how they work together.  We'll talk about historical models for understanding them, and scientific ones as well, to begin drawing a clearer picture of the future.

Week 2: Differences that make a  real difference - understanding regional, economic and personal variations in resilience.    More on models and their uses for predicting the future.

Week 3: Potential scenarios  in energy, climate, economy - and what they might look like all put together.  Creating personal models for the future.  Evaluating scenario likelihoods and risk analysis.

Week 4: Putting it all together to create a picture of near, mid-and long term events.  Personal, regional and broader mitigation strategies that might really work - and how to implement.

Cost of the class is $100 and includes discussion group, readings and one conference discussion call with Eric and I.  Email me at to enroll or with any questions.



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We haven't heard from you in quite a while, Sharon, so please let us know at least briefly how you are doing. Hope all is okay following an interesting, albeit busy, class.