The meeting was led by Rob Hopkins, the coordinator of the Transition Town movement. This is an organisation that helps towns to arrange for life after oil. There are 20 or so other towns that have signed up, and they have developed various strategies, helped by advice and governance from people like Hopkins.
This kind of realistic approach is commendable. Burying our heads in the sand will only make our problems worse. If we run out of oil before we've developed the infrastucture to replace it, then our only alternative in the short term will be energy sources like coal. These are even worse than oil, and will only serve to speed up our decline. The only logical solution is to awknoledge peak oil, no matter how far away it may be, and to plan for it.