Tomorrow’s Next Door

 

“This film was directed by Faith Morgan, and was released in 2006 by The Community Solution* and is a reflection of the peak oil scenario argued by oil industry experts and political activists, including Matthew Simmons, James Howard Kunstler, and Richard Heinberg. The Cuban economy, heavily dependent on economic aid from the Soviet Union, suffered tremendously following the end of the Cold War [an understatement]. The nation lost half of its oil imports, and 85 percent of its international trade economy. Cuba began a slow recovery focused not on finding new energy sources, but on rejecting consumption in favor of sustainable growth.

Director Faith Morgan, together with the non-profit Community Solutions organization, seeks to educate audiences about peak oil and the inevitable impact it will have on transportation, agriculture, medicine, and other industries.”

Reposted from Wikipedia

*A related group, Small, Local Community, is focused on helping small, local community groups in the U.S. to organize and prepare for the inevitable changes that must be made, and soon. Take a look at their website if you’d like to help ‘jump start’ awareness and the beginning of anticipatory changes in your own community.

There’s No Tomorrow?

The choice is hopefully still ours…but not for long. The film below isn’t based on some kind of doomsday speculation (e.g., 2012), but instead is a simple gathering of facts. It is a portrait of reality that most people either can’t, or don’t want to see. But nothing (literally) is more relevant to our future.

So…watch it, think about it, and then start doing something about it. Now!

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The Us Department of Energy Hirsch Report estimates that at least two decades will be needed to prepare for the effects of peak oil. The issues of energy shortages, resource depletion, top-soil loss and pollution are all symptoms of a single larger problem: Growth. As long as our financial system demands endless growth, reform is unlikely to succeed. What then will the future look like?

Optimists believe that growth will continue forever without limits. Pessimists think that we’re heading toward the new stone age, or extinction. The truth will lie between these extremes. It is possible that society might fall back to a simpler state, one in which energy use is a lot less. This would mean a harder life for most, more manual labor, more farm work, and local production of goods, food, and services. What should a person do to prepare for such a possible future?

Expect a decrease in supplies of food, and goods from faraway places. Start walking or cycling. Get used to using less electricity. Get out of debt and try to avoid banks. Instead of shopping in big box stores, support local businesses. Buy food grown locally at farmer’s markets. Instead of a lawn, consider gardening to grow your own food. Learn how to preserve it. Consider the use of a local currency should the larger economy cease to function. In short, develop greater self-sufficiency.

Of course none of these steps will prevent collapse, but they might at least improve your chances of survival in a low-energy future. One in which we’ll have no choice except to become individually and communally self-reliant…as our ancestors once were.

Junk Food Threatens Environment!

Following are the harmful effects of junk food on the environment:

Fuel consumption

In the US around 19 percent of total energy consumed in the country is used for producing food and supplying it to different places. Currently, most of the energy demand is met using nonrenewable sources of energy, making it important for us to look for ways to reduce the fuel consumption. Research shows that energy consumption can be lowered around 50 percent by the adoption of traditional farming and following a healthier diet pattern. The energy required to produce junk and processed foods is much more than what is used to produce staple foods. If Americans were to reduce their junk food consumption it would affect fuel consumption in a major way, and also substantially improve overall health.

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