Resilience – Resources

A feed of resources from Resilience.org, part of Post Carbon Institute’s Resilience program dedicated to building resilient communities as we transition away from fossil fuels.


 

25 April 2017. Juggling Live Hand Grenades

Maintaining a civilization is always a delicate balancing act that is sooner or later destined to fail.

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25 April 2017. Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism, month 3, 21st March – 20th April 2017

When it comes to climate and the global clean energy transition, there cannot be vacuums, there can only be drivers, and we are committed to driving this agenda forward.

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24 April 2017. Introduction to “Entropia” Entropia by Samuel Alexander (book cover)

The story I am to tell you in this book is a story about a community that became isolated on a small island in the wake of industrial civilisation’s collapse, during the third decade of the twenty-first century. Those who grew up on the Isle, as I did, sometimes liked to jest that we were the descendents of Plato’s banished poets, but the reality is that our humble story is considerably less romantic, with more grit and tears than any fairy tale could ever allow.

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24 April 2017. Peak Oil Review – 24 April 2017

“Global oil inventories are falling because of OPEC and non-OPEC production cuts, but the road to market balance will be long.” –Arthur Berman, Consulting Geologist

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23 April 2017. Review: Botanical Treasures by Joshua Smith Botanical Treasures by Josh Smith (book cover)

This lively reference book offers great insights and practical advice for those striving to embrace sustainable, nature-based ways of living—and to liberate themselves from the pernicious, ailing technosphere that dictates life for most people in the industrial world.

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23 April 2017. “Reform” won’t solve our biggest problems Decentralized wastewater treatment in Torvetua eco-village, Norway. (2008). Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). Via Wikimeida Commons

We can boil at the inequities and destructiveness of the current system. There are times and places that are appropriate for that. But our best chance to traverse the the path to a more decentralized world while minimizing harm and maximizing success is to begin building it.

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22 April 2017. President Trump’s climate inaction sells the future short Peru - Lima water supply to low-income areas (2009). Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). g

In the cacophony of bad climate stories recently, you’d be forgiven for missing the news that one casualty of Trump’s order was the social cost of carbon (SCC), a measure that’s been called “the most important number you’ve never heard of.” The SCC captures the estimated costs of climate disruption from things like sea-level rise, storms, fires, crop failures and rising death rates.

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21 April 2017. Climate change as genocide A young man in drought conditions in Ethiopia (2008)

Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. About 20 million people in three African countries — Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan — as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided with emergency food and medical aid.

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21 April 2017. From Platform to Open Cooperativism

Beyond critiques of the Silicon Valley-style “sharing economy”, Open Cooperativism questions the dominance of capital in the free and open source software economy, and suggests P2P-empowered digital solutions in order to lower the transactional costs of networked cooperative production.

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20 April 2017. Light posting from 20 April to 5th May

There will be light posting from 20th April to 5th May due to editorial vacations. Regular posting will resume on 8th May.     Teaser photo credit: By ClemRutter, Rochester, Kent. – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2163988

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20 April 2017. Limits to Economic Growth?

Growth of production is central to the core ideology of the current economic system, to the idea of “development” and “progress”. It is central to the legitimacy of the people who run the global economy. Without it there is a legitimacy crisis.

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