About Culture Change:
Welcome to Culture Change,, founded in 1988
by an energy analyst who published the Lundberg
Letter on oil industry trends.
Most mainstream environmental organizations do not quite tell it like it is
or offer a realistic vision of what a sustainable society must start with.
We look at the big picture and do not pursue inadequate reforms. People
are bombarded by minutiae, despair and false hope, which the corporate media add
to as they distract the public from making connections between today's crises.
Through independent thinking and cooperative action it is possible to attain
bioregionally based economic security that would greatly heal the Earth's
and our own wounds. We are not only "concerned" about global climate change; we
present a realistic analysis of the so-called techno-fix. We demonstrate alternatives to sprawl and petroleum dependence while
fighting unwise development such as new road construction.
has been possible in the U.S. through seven decades of petroleum dependence,
yet policies assure or assume non-stop growth of consumers, cars, etc. Being
in denial about technology and "progress" is a good test of one's
adherence to the American Dream, as distinguished from our typical reader/supporter.
Key changes needed in the U.S. includes stopping road building, which
is part of the petroleum infrastructure.
Phasing out massive fossil fuel
use as fast as possible is crucial to saving Earth's climate from total
destabilization. Economically the reasoning is equally strong: as oil runs
very short in a few years, trade will suddenly have to become more
local-based, challenging the corporate world economy.
The Alliance for a Paving Moratorium
Culture Change was previously known as the Sustainable Energy
Institute, and previous to 2001 known as Fossil Fuels Policy Action. Its first major project was
the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium with its flagship the Auto-Free Times
magazine. Formed in 1990, the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium is a
diverse movement of 170 grassroots community groups, individuals
and businesses. Our common goal: to halt the tremendous environmental, social
and economic damage caused by endless road building. Decaying inner cities,
foul air and water, global warming and war over oil are all byproducts of
our growth-at-any-cost economy.