A time of transition

It is a time of personal transition here in the Cruz household as the owner of the multi-family home we have been renting the upstairs unit in has decided to sell the house. Who knows how long that will take (it’s in a desirable location, so it may be a quick turn around). I do know that I will be leaving it better than I found it by virtue of improving the soil, adding biodiversity, and planting some perennial berries- a gift that will keep on giving! Perhaps the new owner will decide to keep the garden beds as well to carry on the new tradition of edible landscaping. Summer is also transitioning to fall and the temperatures at night have already dipped into the upper 40s a few times. Portentous of things to come.

Along with these transitions, there is also a Transition Town movement that is taking place globally in response to the challenges we could well be facing in the near future caused by peak oil (and all other fossil fuels). Most people take it for granted that there will just continue to be cheap oil to put into our cars, trucks , and other land yachts. And of course there will be natural gas and coal in abundance too for eons. Alas, this is misguided because these fuels are all very, very finite and it has been said by climate experts that if we’re still burning them in 25 years we’re doomed anyway. Now it is harder and harder to find new sources to extract which is leading to ever riskier removal methods such as removing oil from shale, fracking, mountain top removal mining, deep sea and arctic drilling. It is as if humanity is a collective junkie and fossil fuels rather than heroine are the addictive substances causing us to lose our collective minds. Insanity is the only way to explain the behaviors of those who think it is fine to poison water in exchange for natural gas or to destroy an entire ecosystem to get more coal to burn which in turn darkens the skies ever more. Do a DuckDuckGo search ( a secure search engine) for Transition Towns for more info on peak oil and what can be done about it on a local level.

Fortunately, there are ways to manage energy descent should it come to that (which it will barring some new non-polluting energy source being developed and released). We can do a lot by changing our habits at home. That starts by growing larger portions of our food and purchasing local products that cannot be grown at home, walking or biking more places, buying A LOT less, and taking an active role in our neighborhoods, towns, and cities to ensure that we are all lessening the impact we make. Permaculture design is one such method of tying all of this together. Where ever you may be there is likely a permaculture practitioner nearby who will be happy to point you in the right direction. More and more permaculture teachers are being trained as well and are hopefully setting up learning centers in a bio-region near you. A lot of permies (permaculture types) are very active on the web so one near you should be easy enough to find. Knowledge is a resource that I as a permaculture teacher am only to happy to share–sometimes even if people fail to realize they need it. We’re a creative, resourceful lot we humans and can I believe find harmonious ways to exist with one another and the ecosystems that support us. We can learn a lot from others who are already blazing new trails like folks in Denmark where people bike to work because it is easier and more convenient than commuting by car. Urban farms, cooperative schools, car share programs, peace education, bio-regional groups, and more are waiting to be discovered by people all over the nation. It could be a really fun trip…


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