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Permaculture Offers Hope for the After-Peak-Oil Society

What happens when fast growth slows? How will families survive? Here's a hopeful scenario...

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Political collapse happens. Russia. Cuba. Indonesia. Even the British Empire. Germany. Mexico. In recent history the rise and fall of political abundance is almost as volatile as the current predictions of climate change.

What happens when building development slows (if not stops) -- and oil peaks -- and political dominance wanes?

The stratification of society -- the haves and have nots -- decreases. Wealth no longer intrudes on poor neighborhoods to take the land and turn it into high rise complexes. Those common folk are able to reclaim their independence and start gardening, developing productive homes and crafts that sustain their family.

Permaculture provides a hopeful view for this historically documented future -- collapse comes. How we respond matters.

Maybe you've heard the story of Cuba's adjustment to the dramatic reduction in oil imports and economic trade. The population adjusted and are now living a cleaner, more pollution free life than their wealthier neighbors, the Americans.

With the decline in energy that drives "fast growth", a sustainable way of living and working can adjust cultural expectations. And sustainability thinking is a big part of green marketing!

This video by David Holmgren discusses a hopeful view of life beyond corporate and political growth addiction. A more sustainable way of living and providing for our families' needs. His recent book furthers this future of hope: Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.

I think you will find hope in the message...(and I'll look for you in the garden shop!)

This thoughtful, hopeful look at strategies for a more sustainable way of thinking can help message making form a thoughtful dialog with the business well as consumers. Diversity, change, and setting realistic expectations for society are all part of our social activities -- energy use, technology, food sourcing, coping with nationalism and coping with natural disasters. They are all part of living in a world of closed natural systems -- a finite globe.


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