Thu 1 May 2008
If you’re not already paying attention to what’s going on with Peak Oil/Energy/Money/Food, you really should be.
Here’s a primer:
I don’t believe it’s fear mongering, it’s just fact: we’ve all experienced the housing/credit crush, now fuel is spiking and food along with it. And with that is going to come some overdue changes to our individual and collective lifestyles.
Oh, and PS, don’t forget about climate change.
AG and I are doing what we can to be able to take care of ourselves and the little one. Last month, we got a biodiesel Mercedes, and yesterday said goodbye to our beloved, but petro burning, Honda. With our downstairs neighbors and landlord, we’re going to become ( we think ) the first people to do a joint tenant/landlord solar installation on our home (we’ll pay the same, but to him to cover the cost, not PG&E). We’re also actively exploring getting a wee chicken coop out back, to go in the garden. And next month, I’ll be volunteering w/my stepfather back home at a community food bank of sorts, and will then be able to buy a year’s supply of dehydrated food on the cheap. ( I was raised Mormon, what can I say).
I know that posting this may brand me a bit paranoid. That’s fine. I grew up in a poor family that raised much of our own food, and got a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from it. I suspect the reason many people go to BM is to experience, on some level, the visceral joy that comes from providing your own food and shelter–even if ably abetted by Wal-Mart and Costco. So if for no other reason, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing. And knowing many of you to be smart, forward looking people, who might not have had this information all put together like this in one place, well, perhaps it will be of value. Far better to see the storm coming, and close the windows and bring in the laundry, than to be surprised outside when the rain begins to fall…