Peak Oil Coloring Book

What is Peak Oil?  And Why Should I Care?

Make the coloring book that was developed for the 10/10/10 event “Time for an Oil Change — Green Activities for Parents and Kids”!

  1. Download the Peak_Oil_Coloring_Book_10-07-2010.pdf.  When you open the file you will notice two “pages” in the document, which are designed to be printed on two sides of one sheet of large paper.  When printing, set (for example in printer properties): 
    • Duplex printing (two-sided)
    • Paper size:  11″ x 17″
    • “Short-side stapling”, or “Flip over”:  choose a setting that ensures that both sides of the printed sheet will be oriented similarly, with the same long edge being upwardmost.
    • Coloring book showing reverse bent over

      1 Large paper printed on two sides

    2 Half sheets stacked one on the other

  2. Once you print the sheet, cut it lengthwise to separate the top half from the bottom half.  Flip over the bottom half so that the dinosaurs are face up.  Stack the top half-sheet on top of the bottom half-sheet; the dinosaurs will now be covered.

  4. Fold the two half-sheets (together) with a vertical crease down the middle, so that the cover (“What is Peak Oil?”) winds up on the front of the folded stack.  Staple at the crease (you’ll need a stapler with a long reach).  Now you can flip through the eight pages!
  5. 3 Folded and stapled

If you don’t have a printer that can handle two-sided printing on such large paper, and you can’t find a friend or a copy shop to help you, you’ll be forced to print a small version on letter size paper and the margins won’t come out right.  Oh well, you might still have fun reading this tiny illustrated book!


“No on 23” grassroots group opens in Palo Alto

Logo for the new campaign in Palo Alto, No on Texas Oil

Logo for the new campaign in Palo Alto

Walking home on El Camino, I saw a storefront festooned with campaign signs saying “No on 23” and “Stop Texas Oil”. It was the newly opened headquarters for the Stop Texas Oil campaign. From their website:

“California already has on the books one of the toughest anti-global warming laws in the world (AB 32), and it goes into effect next year but not if a bunch of Texas oil companies get their way.”

Several people in local Transition meetings have brought up the “No on 23” campaign, since it ties in with the Transition concern about global warming. This particular group concentrates on the grassroots campaign, as opposed to the media campaign. This fits in well with Transition’s grassroots orientation.

The campaign workers John and Spencer are fresh-faced young men, not long out of college. They seemed to respond to Transition’s slogan of being “more like a party than a protest.”

If anyone is interested in volunteer work such as phone banking, house parties, or handing out flyers at farmers’ markets, you can contact the local office via the website at
or at their office at 3491 West El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

For a detailed, non-partisan report on Proposition 23, see the entry on BallotPedia:

Free Film Series – Energy and Transportation

Films of Vision and Hope – September 17 – October 22

World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto (behind JJ&F Market)
Time: Fridays 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Concerned about the environment and climate change?
Looking for ways to make a positive, sustainable change for people and the planet?

Don’t miss our third Films of Vision and Hope film series,
focusing on hopeful and positive solutions to environmental problems affecting our world.

Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with
others who want to make a difference.

September 17 – Energy Crossroads This award winning film exposes the problems associated with our energy consumption and offers concrete solutions. The film features passionate individuals, entrepreneurs, experts and scientists at the forefront of a new energy future.

September 24 – Kilowatt Ours Another award winner that explores energy sources and problems, then highlights people making a difference in energy conservation, efficiency and renewable, green power, all while saving money and the environment. This often amusing and always inspiring story shows, “You can easily make a difference and here’s how!”

October 1 Fossil Fuel Free Film, and More Meet filmmaker Matt Harnack, and follow his adventures as he tries to live life without fossil fuels. “I was determined to break my addiction to oil. I did the only thing I knew how to do. I made a movie.”

October 8 Bicycle Night Enjoy some great short films about how cities from Bogota to Havana to Copenhagen are working to make their communities bike friendly. Residents are lowering carbon footprints, getting healthier, and enjoying life much more.

October 15 In Transition  An inspirational film about how local communities, like ours, can respond to peak oil and global warming while building community and enjoying life. Do come again, even if you saw the film last time – we’ll have more great discussion.

October 22 Join us for our second 100 mile potluck
. Connect with others and learn about opportunities to get involved.

FILM SERIES POSTER (pdf) – Print out and post!

Sponsored by Silicon Valley Action Network, Transition Silicon Valley, World Centric, Acterra, and Transition Palo Alto