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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:01 am    Post subject: Leaflet : Peak Oil & Community Reply with quote

To get the best final text for this document, I would like to invite you to edit this document and offer your own suggestions for improvement/refinement. I've left the authors nameless for now. Remember, it needs to come in at around 500 words.

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Peak Oil: Community

As the energy crisis deepens, we can expect to see unemployment rise and an increase in personal debt, which has already passed the ?1 trillion mark.

Alcoholism and drug abuse can be expected to increase as is often seen in areas of deprivation. Social Security payments may also be delayed, and as inflation becomes more of a problem, these payments will buy less and less.

We will have to move towards self-reliance, and community solutions. People in the local area who have skills like plumbers, electricians and builders will be very valuable members of the community but they may be out of work and need other means of exchange.

It is important to be a well-known face in your area, start frequenting the local pub, you will learn what types of skills people have. Join the neighbourhood watch scheme, the allotment society or start visiting the local farmers market.

Peak Oil has the potential to cause a dislocation of local communities as well as drawing them together. It will be the networks of like-minded people who fair the best, relying on each other will give different members a purpose and value. Most of us do not own a sizable piece of land in order to be self-supporting, but in reality would we choose to live without the interaction that local economies provide?

Local groups may campaign or apply for planning permission to have solar or wind power installed at local centres: The library, town hall, recreation centre. This would ensure a level of community entertainment, perhaps showing films or providing internet access or job searches.

If the local area is abundant in skilled people, then work could be exported to other areas in return for something that is plentiful in those communities. If your area has plenty of skilled tradesmen and another area has an apparently more successful community feeling with events and meetings, there is no reason why the two cannot merge.

There will still be food on the supermarket shelves, it will however become more expensive, community gardens would be an excellent way to save money and interact with others, as well as those who plant their own vegetable gardens and either sell or trade for the skills of others.

Try to get to know the elderly residents in the local area, they may not have the agility to carry out certain work, but their knowledge of past hard times is invaluable.

Preserving food at home while it is cheap and in season is something that was done on a wide scale many years ago, this will again become a popular pursuit. Making jam and chutney in summer and autumn in order to trade, sell or keep is already a valuable skill to have. Preserved sausage like salami, bottled fruit and vegetables as well as drying fruit and making beer will all serve to bring people together.

Communities will not necessarily be held together in a top down approach, relying on central government to provide us with a socially cohesive environment. The community effort is just that, it must start at the grass roots level, and thus influence those in local government, and further on to those in power.

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We live in a network that forms our life support system
that stretches all around the World. Think about it! We
have food from North and South America and Africa as
well as the Middle East. Clothes and toys from China
and electronics from Japan and Korea. We are in a
global community. But this global community is all
driven by oil, mainly from the Middle East. Oil to
transport the goods from one country to another; oil to
make fertilisers, pesticides and plastics; oil to heat
our homes. What will happen to our global community
when the oil becomes more expensive?

It's not really known what the the future has in store
for us but one likely scenario is our communitiy will
become more local. We will be more dependent on what is
produced in our own locality. Maybe grow our own food
and have small local businesses that meet local needs.
We may see more electrical power generated locally and
we may find ourselves travelling less as well. Our
homes will be more energy efficient and words like "permaculture"
will be more well known. We will manage more of our
own existence in an eco friendly way, out of necessity.

In short our community will be less of a global
community and more local to where we are. This may not
have to be a bleak future, it can also be a more
positive one where people are more involved with the
world around them. This is, however, a challenge as it
is a radically different way of life to the one we are
used to.

To meet the challenges of a post carbon world efforts
have already been made to form local communities.
Anything from local trading schemes to people buying up
land and setting up communities in the countryside. We
can't all move out of the city but we could modify the
city. There are, for example, plans a foot for
ruralising cities; moving people out to the edges of
our current suburban sprawl where they will have an
area to produce more of theirown food and manage
theirown environment.

This doesn't have to be a poor future where we head
back in time. Communities can band together to work on
larger projects and we could maintain a high standard
of living. Such efforts to network communities are also
being worked on. We have the knowledge and ingenuity to
build a good future for ourselves. However, to achieve
this we would need to build long life products that are
lower in energy requirements than perhaps our current
products are. We will need to think of reducing our
needs, reusing what we have and recycling old things
before we think of producing new things.

The future post peak presents us with a set of
interesting challenges and opportunities. Challenges
that we are capable of meeting and opportunities to
make something good. Communities offer one and probably
the most realistic, option for a post carbon world.

References:

www.dieoff.com

www.powerswitch.org.uk

www.geocities.com/holonicfuture

www.greenershelter.org

www.feasta.org/documents/shortcircuit/contents.html

www.holon.se

www.postcarbon.org

www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.org

www.communitysolution.org


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made some changes:

We depend on a network that forms our life support system, stretching all around the World. Think about it! We enjoy food from North and South America and Africa as well as the Middle East. Clothes and toys from China, electronics from Japan and Korea. We are in a global community. But this global community is all driven by oil, mainly from the Middle East. Oil for transport; oil to make fertilisers, pesticides and plastics; oil to heat our homes. What will happen to our global community when the oil becomes more expensive?

It's not really known what the future has in store for us, but one likely scenario is that our communities will become more local. We will be more dependent on what is produced in our own localities. Maybe grow our own food and have small local businesses that meet local needs. We may see more electrical power generated locally and we may find ourselves travelling less as well. Our homes will be more energy efficient and words like "permaculture" will be more generally known. We will manage more of our own existence in an eco-friendly way, out of necessity.

In short our community will be less of a global network and more local to where we are. This may not be a bleak future, it can also be a more positive one where, people are more involved with the world around them. This does, however, a represent challenge as will be a radically different way of life from the one we are used to.

To meet the challenges of the impending post-carbon world efforts have already been made to form local communities. Anything from local trading schemes to people buying up land and setting up communities in the countryside. Although we can't all move out of the city but we can modify the urban areas. There are, for example, plans a foot for "ruralising" cities; moving people out to the edges of our current suburban sprawl, where they will have an area to produce more of their own food and manage their own environment.

This doesn't have to be a grim future where we sacrifice quality of life. Communities can band together to work on larger projects and we could maintain a high standard of living. Such efforts at networking communities are being worked upon. We have the knowledge and ingenuity to build an even better future for ourselves. However, to achieve this, we would need to build long-life, repairable products that are lower in embodied energy than perhaps our current products are. We will also need to reassess our current needs and prioritise what is important in life such as friends and family, reusing what we have and recycling old things before we think of producing goods. We will also need to maintain communications and share ideas.

The future post peak presents us with a set of interesting challenges and opportunities. Challenges that we are capable of meeting and opportunities to make something good. Sustainable communities offer one, and probably the most realistic, option for us all in a post-carbon world.

References:

www.dieoff.com

www.powerswitch.org.uk

www.geocities.com/holonicfuture

www.greenershelter.org

www.feasta.org/documents/shortcircuit/contents.html

www.holon.se

www.postcarbon.org

www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.org

www.communitysolution.org
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isenhand wrote:
There are, for example, plans a foot for "ruralising" cities; moving people out to the edges of our current suburban sprawl, where they will have an area to produce more of their own food and manage their own environment.


This sounds like an 'establishment' initiative.

Could you post some links please?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DamianB wrote:
isenhand wrote:
There are, for example, plans a foot for "ruralising" cities; moving people out to the edges of our current suburban sprawl, where they will have an area to produce more of their own food and manage their own environment.


This sounds like an 'establishment' initiative.

Could you post some links please?


you can find out more here:

http://www.holon.se/folke/index.shtml
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There are, for example, plans a foot for "ruralising" cities; moving people out to the edges of our current suburban sprawl, where they will have an area to produce more of their own food and manage their own environment.


There are, for example, suggestions to 'ruralise' cities; moving people out to the edges of our current suburban sprawl, where they will have an area to produce more of their own food and manage their own environment or encourage inner city allotments, roof-top gardens and the exploitation of derelict urban sites.
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