Dillon Nichols wrote:
Jim Fry wrote:I'm more than a little surprised that you consider "four months" to be a significant period of time to "dig deep". My experience is that becoming ~well versed in something/becoming knowledgeable about/becoming some sort of authority~ takes far longer than one season of work/study. As permaculturalists we should all know that. It takes seasons. Years. Decades to learn anything well. And then it takes enormous amounts of good luck to have enough sense to turn all that "study" into something useful and meaningful.
I can recall reading C5's posts for a good few years now... pretty sure he started thinking a bit before that. (Maybe.)
The 4 months, as I read it, is time spent plugging away at this series of posts!
. Life isn't a Hollywood movie. The world isn't going to end in some sort of C.I.G. apocalyspe.
We're polluting the heck out of things. We can do better. We can clean it up. We should. We are. We just need some perspective. Some patience. The Will to do better. Life can be, and is, good. Clean up your space. Talk to your neighbors about theirs. Start a recycling center in your town. Do better. You'll be surprized how one day you are listening to the Earth Day Apocalyspe when you are 20 in 1970 and the next day you're 69. Time moves along pretty quick. We'll all be ok.
Nicole Alderman wrote:Now is not a time for the other stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, or depression). It's a time to ACCEPT what's going on, and get to work in changing things before it really waaaaay too late. We gotta adapt. And, thankfully most permies are already doing that. I know I gotta step up and do more, though.
Lead, follow, or get out of my way!
According to Professor Juan Carlos Sanchez, a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), these trends will dramatically deteriorate under a business as usual scenario. Large areas of Venezuelan states which are already water scarce, such as Falcon, Sucre, Lara and Zulia, including the north of the Guajira peninsula, will undergo desertification. Land degradation and decreased rainfall would devastate production of corn, black beans and plantains across much of the country. Sanchez predicts that some regions of the country will receive 25 percent less water than today. And that means even less electricity. By mid-century, climate models indicate an overall 18 percent decrease in rainfall in the Caroni River basin that leads to the Guri Dam.
Right now the Venezuelan people find themselves locked into a vicious cycle of ill-conceived human systems collapsing into violent in-fighting, in the face of the earth system crisis erupting beneath them. It is not yet too late for the rest of the world to learn a lesson. We can either be dragged into a world after oil kicking and screaming, or we can roll up our sleeves and walk there in a manner of our own choosing. It really is up to us. Venezuela should function as a warning sign as to what can happen when we bury our heads in the (oil) sands.
How about teaching and promoting real-life skills instead? Here are a few:
Teach how to build, assemble and repair a bicycle from a bucket of parts and pieces, including gears, derailleurs, cables and fixing flats, teach diesel mechanics, tear-down, assembly and repair,
teach automotive repair to include engine rebuilding, replace a water pump, timing chain, fixing flats, repairing brakes or fixing suspension and how to solve spark, fuel and timing issues,
teach how to build a house with logs, timber or processed wood,
teach wiring a house, shop, shed or garage,
teach how to install a circuit panel and connect to the main power or a generator,
teach how to clean and solder electrical connections, strip wiring,
install and connect plumbing using different materials, teach how to cutout and install a sink,
build a drain field,
drive a tractor,
add and remove implements,
show how to plow a field,
install a rake,
move and remove dirt,
teach tractor operation and safety,
show how to dig a ditch,
install a septic system,
or roof a building (shingles, metal, or ceramic tile),
teach how to build a woodshed or bookshelf or storage rack,
build a workbench,
teach how to operate a drill, grinder, cut-off saw, table saw, hand tools, power tools,
and how to maintain a camper, R.V. or just a tent.
Show what is needed to pick a suitable building site,
build a fire-break,
how to cut and stack wood,
use a wood stove for cooking and heating,
how to prepare for winter, spring, summer, fall,
how to plant a garden, mitigate pests, prevent deer and rodent depredation,
how to rotate crops, can, dry and process harvests.
Teach how to cook with real food, food storage and home-grown crops,
teach how to drive or walk on ice and snow,
how to create home-based businesses for income,
how to build a greenhouse, root cellar, cistern, storage shed,
how to clear land,
how to use naturally available materials for construction, heating, defense, observation, location.
Teach how to dig a well, pump water, maintain your supply, fix what breaks, install irrigation, drip-feeds and water collection,
how to build and repair furniture,
gravel a road, install outdoor lighting,
fix a generator,
run a chainsaw,
fall a tree,
build a corral,
raise chickens, rabbits, ducks, turkeys, goats, and cows,
how to recycle and store glass, metal, cans, jars and lumber,
and many many more skills including networking,
community building and
knowing your neighbors.
Ross Raven wrote:Thanks for playing the Adaptation Game.
Greg Mamishian wrote:
My wife and I play that game all the time.
Pearl Sutton wrote:Where does it come from and why and how do I either change my wants/needs or make it happen in my reality?"
Starts with "can I change my wants/needs" and that's an interesting one right there.
It makes for a very different point of view of the world.
Greg Mamishian wrote:
"We can make do without ______."
"Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope. But I don't want your hope. I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is."