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Are we being too soft?
By Natalie Hormann
Original article from the rabbit hole,
Don’t laugh: we developed this logo, and it was actually over a year and a half ago. Gives you an idea of our level of paranoia at the time . Whilst quite obviously there was a good level of cynicism involved (and some dark dark humour) the idea behind it wasn’t unreasonable: stop talking sweet and green and “pc” and finally name it crisis when we see one.
Well, while the level of adrenalin may have come down slightly since then (has it?), the underlying feeling is unchanged: we need to stop talking and start acting, we need to make serious, fundamental lifestyle changes and stop talking about lightbulbs. Words like de-growth and steady-state economy have to become common knowledge and not remain “the ‘d’ word”. We want to talk to people about quitting their jobs, selling their cars, stop buying anything at all… not as a concept, but as a very real possibility.
Generally, we got laughed at (for the cynicism). Well… it’s not that funny, but we surrendered. Maybe it really is not the right way to talk to people. Maybe the word “survival” should be kept for those “run through the jungle” TV shows. And, true, we want to focus on positive solutions and not fear mongering.
But who is going to come up with positive solutions of adequate magnitute if they haven’t understood the need for them? – While we believe that we can solve the problem by purchasing an energy-efficient appliance, why would be consider getting rid of the fridge altogether? Or of the job, for that matter??? (Uh – that’s radical)
Interestingly, the topic has come up again this week – raised by someone troubled with the “peak oil blues”. It appears that someone who suddenly understands the magnitude of the issue DOES look for answers of a similar scale. Naturally, I guess.
So, can we combine this sense of urgency with a positive outlook? Can we run a “gardening for survival” course – or a “capture your own water so you don’t die”? Or, even better: “how to team up with your neighbourhood because you’ll have to”?
There are solutions out there that are able to address the issues, that are of adequate scale. But until we become clear about the scale of the problem they will remain mental concepts. And while we can wait for the do-do to hit the windfarm (that will illustrate the scale of the problem alright) it may be getting very dusky on the solutions by then, too.
A very recently published graph by the US energy department estimates the first supply disruptions for oil in 2012 (it doesn’t mention the price development until then – this is when you actually can’t get it). The desperate “drill baby drill” (or “mine baby mine”) policies by our and other governments sees deep sea rigs sinking and spilling and the last conservation land turning into a quarry. It’s all around us, yet how many of us still carry on unworried, because “someone” will fix it – or they just don’t see the connections.
Would you come to a course titled "Surviving the next decade"