Re: peak oil preparations?
From: Elaine (
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2005 10:01:03 -0700 (PDT)
I think about it a lot. Firstly, I thank and enjoy the many conveniences and
comforts in my life on a daily basis. I am beginning to educate myself on
self-sustainable living (growing and raising food, for which you don't need
much land), water harvesting, solar power, and the truth about food and
nutrition. We lived two years in Switzerland, a country that has had to be
self-sustaining in the past due to surrounding wars. People don't have lawns
there, they have gardens. They have root cellars to store the garden goods,
and the villages have lots of fountains to capture snow run off and spring
water. The small farm is still alive. Life is so busy that it's hard to
conceive of educating myself in this way, but I feel obligated to teach my
children. I also find lots of camping trips good for just getting the feel
(and joy) of living lean. It's tragically funny when you think about it, how
few of us can actually feed and care for ourselves unplugged from the web.
Also, it cost more than $60 every time I filled up my car in Switz. But life
still goes on there. Sure does make you think before you drive though. Same
with food -- cost a fortune there.
former co-houser

> From: Jennifer Hartley <hartley_jennifer [at]>
> Reply-To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
> Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 13:07:47 -0700 (PDT)
> To: cohousing-l [at]
> Subject: [C-L]_ peak oil preparations?
> Hi,
> I was just wondering what you all may have been doing to prepare for peak oil,
> or rather, life after the oil crash.  I guess I should first ask, do you
> believe this is going to happen?  I have been reading and hearing some
> convincing arguments (such as Richard Heinberg's book "The Party's Over," the
> film "The End of Suburbia," as well as websites such as
>  If you do believe we are in for rough
> times in the not-so-distant future, how are you as individuals and as
> communities preparing?
> I am trying to get over the shock of realizing that life as we know it may be
> drastically changed in a very short span of time.  Have others out there also
> gone through some difficulty in coping with the thought of peak oil, and if
> so, how have you managed this mental and emotional upheaval?
> One reassuring thought that I've been clinging to with all my might is the
> knowledge that living in cohousing, or any type of intentional community,
> would be a huge mitigating factor.  My husband and I will be moving into our
> brand new community in September (first move-ins will start next month).
> Thanks for any thoughts or feedback you may be able to provide.
> Jennifer Hartley
> Rocky Hill Cohousing
> Northampton, Massachusetts
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