Building Resilience While Running the Man Out of Business
I was particularly moved by an essay Magi referenced a couple of weeks ago by Marc Doll. At the beginning of the essay he squarely lays out the climate crisis by leading each paragraph with But it is worse than that.
It was the last long paragraph that set me thinking in a new direction. I have encountered most of these ideas before. Maybe it is just the way he frames it.
There is a path forward.
But every day we delay the path forward includes fewer of us. Build community, build resilience, work for food security, think regeneration, plant food-producing trees, think perennial food production, turn your waste products into resources and if that isn't possible, don't consume it! Eat food that does not mine the soil and is locally produced, eat meat that is grass fed in a holistic or intensively rotated (ideally holistically grazed in a silvopasture ) that is used to provide nutrients to vegetation, get to know a farmer or become one yourself. Don't be a carnivore, herbivore or an omnivore... be a 'greenivore'. Park your car, do not vote for anyone who either ignores climate change or says we can have our cake and eat it too, quit your job if it is fossil fuel related (it is better than losing it... which you will), stop buying shit, stop buying expensive cars and overly large houses and then complain that local planet saving food costs more than Costco. Stop buying things that are designed to break and be disposed-of, let go of this society slowly and by your own volition (its better than being forced to do it quickly), Rip up your lawn and plant a garden with perennial veggies, fruit bushes, fruit trees, and nut trees. Learn to compost your own poop (it is easy and doesn't stink). Buy an apple with a blemish, Get a smaller house on a bigger lot and regenerate that land, Plant a guerrilla garden on a city road allowance. Return to the multi-generational house, Realize that growth has only been a thing in human civilization for 250 years and it is about to end and make preparations for this change. If you are perusing Wealth; Stop! Nothing on the planet is more destructive and brings upon more violence, pain, and climate destruction and, by willful ignorance, all at arms reach and without the wealth seeker's knowledge labour or effort. Teach these lessons and this reality to your children. Buy only the necessities, Don't buy new clothes-go to the thrift store. Don't use single-use plastic or if you do re-purpose it, Unplug your garburator (yes Facebook spell check, that is a word) and compost everything, Relearn old forgotten skills. Don't let yourself get away with the argument that the plane is going there anyway when you book a holiday. Understand that there is no such thing as the new normal because next year will be worse, Understand before you make the argument that we need to reduce human population ... meaning the population elsewhere... that it is not overpopulation in China or India that is causing the current problem... It is us and our "western" lifestyle, Understand that those that are currently arguing against refugees and climate change are both increasing the effects of climate change and causing millions of climate refugees... which will be arriving on Canada's doorstep because Canada, due to our size and Northern Latitude, will, on the whole, have some of the best climate refugees. Understand that every baby using disposable diapers is responsible for the equivalent of a cube van full and every woman using disposable feminine hygiene products is responsible for an equivalent amount of un-compostable incredibly high energy intensive waste that will be here for 500 years. Also, understand that there are alternatives to both.
Understand that the densification of cities is condemning those in that density to a food-less future. Stop tolerating the middle ground on climate change. there is no middle ground on gravity, the earth is round, and we are on the verge of collapse.
I don't have the ability to do all of these things, but I can do some of them. It seems to me that part of the focus of the Extinction Rebellion could be to publish a simple clear HOWTO on some of these changes, just like the government did for the Victory Gardens during WWII. Did you know that those gardens ultimately supplied 40% of local food?
And they also ought to supply clear instructions on how to convert a car from gas to electric. Hopefully many climate conscious auto mechanics would pick up on this and start providing the service at a decent price.
And a solar electric car battery charger should be included.
Extinction Rebellion would still focus on non-violent protests, but include education on how to change our habits. And as a result of large groups of people no longer buying clothes, buying Big Ag products, or buying gas boycotts will naturally evolve.
This is may sound too simplistic for some. It is true that ultimately big changes need to occur from folks with power. Anyway, I can personally do a few things in the last paragraph of Marc's essay. I am going for it, while also endeavoring to appreciate the present moment, those around me, the beauty of nature, and gifts of creativity. I hear this message in many of the essays here at c99.
Hope I communicated this well enough to generate a bit of discussion.