|Re: peak oil preparations?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: S. Kashdan (skashdanscn.org)|
|Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 08:10:35 -0700 (PDT)|
I strongly believe that in the near future, a lot about the way things are made and the way they are used are going to need discussing and rethinking. The current wastefulness of private transportation and public power production are important, but they are only part of the problem. On the positive side, I think that people living in neighborhoods where human interaction takes place, including cohousing and other intentional communities, are in a good starting place to work on these problems and possibly find some new solutions. Here, below, are links to two articles that are relevant to widening the discussion. The first one "Life on Tired Earth" deals with some of the currently known facts of resource depletion, and the second one "Litterbug World" deals with the inadequacy of individual voluntary solutions and just more recycling. Maybe we can come up with ways of dealing with these things that don't involve more government regulation of our lives. It's up to all of us to figure out better ways to live together that respect everyone on earth. "Life on Tired Earth" By Mark Clayton Christian Science Monitor Posted on April 1, 2005 http://www.alternet.org/story/21645/ For hundreds of years, cod swarmed in waters off Newfoundland's rugged coast. But by 1992, rampant overfishing had crushed the cod. Price tag to people: tens of thousands of jobs lost and billions of dollars spent in job retraining. Last year, a weather satellite spotted a monster dust cloud over Africa -- hard to miss at 5,000 miles wide. Tree-cutting in northern Africa helps nourish such clouds, which cross the Atlantic, settle into U.S. coastal waters, and possibly contribute to toxic algae blooms. Price tag to people: breathing problems for U.S. coastal residents. Cod depletion and dust clouds seem like pretty different problems. But they each play a role in the overall environmental degradation of the planet -- a condition that a new global study says has escalated so quickly over the past 50 years that it outpaces anything experienced by ecosystems in human history. Demands for water, food, fuel, timber, and fiber -- all part of global economic expansion -have driven the change. The result: a big increase in short-term human benefits, less hunger, and more wealth. But this progress has been counterbalanced by a massive loss of diversity of life on Earth. "Litterbug World" By Ariane Conrad Hyde LiP Magazine Posted on April 1, 2005 http://www.alternet.org/story/21651/ Heather Rogers' film, Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, explores the "sinister success" of capitalism by looking at the life cycle of our waste. In the span of 20 minutes, the film examines the realities of planned-in obsolescence and waste-by-design in our market economy, asking deep questions from a fresh perspective. In the film, Rogers contends that recycling is far from an actual solution, and is at best a Band-Aid approach--a much harder look, she argues, needs to be taken at our addiction to waste. She recently spoke to us about her film, her forthcoming book of the same name (to be published in Fall 2005 by New Press), and the limits of "green capitalism." Sylvie Kashdan skashdan [at] scn.org Jackson Place Cohousing 800 Hiawatha Place South Seattle, WA 98144 www.seattlecohousing.org
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