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Unity College Students To Envision Life Without Oil

UNITY, Maine, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What would life without oil be like?  Whether caused by global crisis, natural disaster, or disruptions in access and distribution, life without oil is one of the most important considerations facing man in the 21 st Century.

First year students at Unity College will gain intimate knowledge of what life without oil means in practice.  A course taken by all first year students entitled The Unity Experience, will begin a six week experiential exploration of life without oil.  The program for the first year students is entitled SpOILed.

A web page with dramatic video that references Hurricane Sandy is online at https://sites.google.com/a/unity.edu/spoiled/.

The end of cheap, abundant petroleum products may be a crisis that today's college students will face during their lifetimes.

First year students at Unity College will explore what this would mean for their lives by imagining that it has already come to pass.  A course taken by all first year students, entitled The Unity Experience, will begin a six week alternate reality game in which students make real changes in their lives in response to this simulated crisis. 

On Tuesday, October 30, Unity students who are participating will gather in Tozier Gymnasium on the campus of Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity, to begin their odyssey of learning what life without oil means for them.

"Too often, sustainability issues that we lecture about in classrooms seem far away to students," explained Sarah Cunningham, Assistant Professor.  "They can't engage with the problem because they don't see how they can affect it or how it affects them.  We hope that this game will make the issue of resource depletion personal and immediate for our students by relating it to decisions that they make every day."

Cunningham sees the game as a chance to practice resilience and adaptation in response to crisis, and to learn to work together and plan to solve problems.

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