Peak Moment for the Jenga Effect

I have been watching, over the last year, a TV show that hails out of the US, called Peak Moment. It is very topical, with environmental, climate change, and peak oil/resources articles just about every week. I watch it to cheer myself up when I believe I am suffering from the “Jenga Effect”.

Let me explain. For those of you who haven’t seen the game Jenga, you build up a tower of blocks, and each person takes turns to remove a lower block and place it on the top of the tower. Eventually the blocks on the bottom have been eroded so much and the top is so heavy it topples over. Have a read of this Wikipedia article to get a better understanding.

This self named “Jenga Effect” is how I sometimes view our current civilisation. We are removing the worlds resources quicker than they can recover (pulling from the bottom of the pile), putting stuff into the air and trashing the planet’s eco-systems (the top of the pile) and eventually it will all fall over. An interesting analogy that I believe I made up myself? I found one reference to the term on Google with regards to real estate, so I will claim it as my own for the purpose of climate change and peak everything!

In the spirit of sustainable living, I have found an Peak Moment episode that I would like to share with you. It reports about suburban permiculture, with a visit to the house of peak oil expert Richard Heinberg and his partner Janet Barocco, who both live in Santa Rosa, California. They have converted their quarter acre house block into a food producing paradise, which makes me think that I need to get busy in the garden to catch up a bit. Time to convert the front yard to food production as well, I think!

Anyway, I have posted this 100th episode of the show, and hope you all enjoy it.

Just to finish off today with a quote. It describes very well how I feel when overcome by the Jenga Effect.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.


  1. says

    I agree with both of you. It is a bit hard on the eyes via YouTube. I found this site that has the show in RealMedia format, which is far better quality. The file sizes are between 40-50Mb each.

    Just click on the title of the episode you are after and then you are taken to a full description and a download option.



  2. MalcolmD says

    Hi Gavin
    Yes, the Peak Moment show looks really good. Is it only available via YouTube in Australia? Like crazy mumma, it is a bit hard on the eyes and also a bit hard on our download limits with our ISP.

  3. says

    I love this series. I only recently discovered all the episodes posted on YouTube and have been progressively watching them. Gee I wish I could have watched it on TV though, it’s a bit hard on the eyes after a while, LOL.

    I love your description too by the way, very apt :-)

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