Cam is available to speak on a broad range of topics relating to sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency, etc. Here are some suggested topic outlines;
• Thriving During Challenging Times – Sustainable Solutions to Challenging Times?
With the worldwide economic crisis, climate change and peak oil occurring at a time when governments have massive debt, you will not be able to count on governments to deal with these converging challenges. This occurs as the baby boomers begin to put huge stress on an already overtaxed public healthcare system.
It’s time to use existing technologies, both high tech and low tech, to make yourself more independent, from how you heat and power your home, to where you get your food from, and in your finances. It’s time to pay down that debt, grow your own food and start integrating renewable energy into your life to reduce your carbon footprint and free yourself from the stress of financial obligations. This will help return your spirit to its rightful place in harmony with the simple basic things that keep you healthy mentally, physically and spiritually.
• Payback of Renewable Energy
Solar and wind power had always seemed expensive but with rising energy costs and government incentives the Return on Investment with renewable energy is now superior to most common financial vehicles. What’s important is to follow the “eco-nomic” approach to make sure you get the fastest payback and make the biggest impact on your carbon footprint.
Starting with basic and advanced energy efficiency then working to solar thermal for hot water and finally solar and wind generated electricity, you’ll have to invest the least up front and as you continue along the renewable energy path. Once you’re ready to install those solar panels you’ll be assured that you’re maximizing your payback and minimizing your footprint on the planet.
Coming from someone who took the plunge and invested 12 years ago before there were government incentives, Cam Mather speaks from the perspective of someone who has lived with the technology and knows it works. He also knows the great satisfaction that comes with investing in a technology that inflation proofs your family from rising energy costs and makes you independent, but also knowing that those appliances in your home are now being powered by clean, green renewable energy.
• Transition to a Low Carbon Future
In 2002 the price of crude oil, the fuel that has driven economic growth for a century, was under $20 a barrel. Today it’s over $80/barrel. The 2008 high of $147/barrel was not a fluke, but a warning shot across the bow of any corporation or organization that does not take resource depletion seriously. Many notable geologists say we have crossed the Rubicon of peak oil and are on the downward side of the supply curve and we will see rapidly escalating price increases and shortages throughout the world.
How your organization responds to this challenge will be key to its long term well being. If you add in other variables like climate change and an increasingly fragile global economy we are entering a period of unprecedented challenges.
“Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future” addresses these areas and provides a framework to develop a strategy to respond to a radically altered future. Organizations will have to look at how increasing energy costs will affect all areas of their business from production and transportation and distribution right down to basics like heat and power. Your customers will also be dealing with the same issues and will have a radically altered attitude towards the necessity of your products or services. Every company and organization from non-profits to governments will be affected and in profound ways.
This workshop takes a hard look at the tough issues facing us and develops a road map to allow your company or organization to become resilient to impending shocks and to thrive in the challenging times ahead.
• The All You Can Eat Gardening Workshop
The North American diet uses lots of fossil fuels, and as we run out of the easy oil we will spend an ever-increasing percentage of our incomes on food. With many hard hit by the economic crisis, growing your own food simply makes economic sense. Many gardening books and techniques make vegetable gardening look difficult, with charts and checklists and talk of trace minerals and hard-to-find soil supplements. Growing vegetables can seem intimidating. That’s why Cam Mather’s The All You Can Eat Gardening Workshops is such a breath of fresh air. It assures participants that there’s nothing to it and encourages them to just get out there and do it. With basic tips and techniques, it provides enough tools to inspire gardeners but doesn’t overwhelm them.
The All You Can Eat Gardening Workshop examines the health benefits of each of the vegetables and fruits discussed along with how to plant each with the greatest likelihood of an abundant harvest.The book also provides strategies for harvesting rainwater, watering with drip irrigation, organic pest control and dealing with some of the challenges our changing climate may throw at you.
Whether you have a small lot in the city, a suburban backyard, or a large country property, The All You Can Eat Gardening Workshop is the inspiration you need to get motivated to start growing healthy, local, inexpensive organic vegetables and eating the 100-Foot Diet today!