440672445_69ed634b34_mHaving heard some of the friendlier ideas of how humans are going to respond to the changing world at conferences like the Future of Food in the Kootenays, I can relate to comments like this, directed at Tim Flannery in a conference in Australia…

In the din of all this brave green planning, a psychologist suddenly intervened: “You Australians are just playing around with the results of climate change”, she said, “you haven’t mentioned guns or fences…” As a child raised in war wrecked East Germany, she recalled how city dwellers thronged to her rural town and stole anything portable, including vegetables, petrol, oil and bags of coal. “I admire the spirit of this lunch, she snorted, “but you are babies”. She has a point. Creating the resilient, self-sufficient off-the-grid communities we would need to survive if the oil runs out, itself remains a fantasy. Let alone dealing with the rampaging hordes. “You’d have to go a lot further out West than here”, someone said, “if you really wanted to feel safe”. The mood darkened.

The Future this week

The ideas of growing food in your backyard, and sharing of resources that represents the Utopian alternative opportunity for the coming energy descent and the related impacts of climate change seems to be a nice idea, but which of the options is closer to the reality that most people in your region are likely to fall towards?

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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