Fear and a veggie garden makeover

Last week I was working hard to clear my RSS feed of unread posts. I follow quite a few bloggers and some of them are rather prolific in their posts. 1 or more per day. Some are heavy bloggers, others light. Some fun, some permaculture, some cooking and basically a wonderful variety of information. Some days I can’t handle the heavy posters. I mean, how much doom and gloom can one handle? I KNOW the climate is going to hell in a handbasket. I KNOW our economy teeters on the brink of an all out and likely permanent collapse, or at least never to be recovered in the same way, and I KNOW that we are also on the slippery slope down the post peak oil slide. Some days I want information on just how screwed the world is. Other days I need to forget this so I can continue to function. Continue reading

There’s no tomorrow aka now I understand.

Thanks foodnstuff for your post. 🙂 Watching this short film “There’s no tomorrow” last night helped me bring all the pieces of the puzzle together. The problems facing our world are all interconnected and it’s a HUGE mix of different factors that I find overwhelming at times. Overpopulation, economic growth, global warming and climate change, fossil fuels and more. This film is easy to watch and easy to understand too and it brings all these issues together. Continue reading

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Via Dolorosa.

Not a happy story. Not good news. Not a single thing here that we humans can be proud of, unless you’re proud of how we have screwed up this beautiful planet of ours.

What can we do about it? Well, there are only 2 things to do in my opinion. 1. Double, if not treble our actions to minimise our carbon footprint and reliance upon fossil fuels, and that’s for those doing something about it. For those that aren’t, it’s time to start (actually it’s well past time but can’t change that now). Number 2, Batten down the hatches. Climate change IS coming. Our climate WILL change and there is nothing we can do to change that now.

Be prepared.

I found hope for the future

I watched a TED talk this morning. It was sent to me from a site I receive regular emails from, The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and I’ve come across some interesting articles covering a very wide range of topics, all related to permaculture and sustainability and gardening/agriculture or the environment in general. Many of the articles don’t appeal or I don’t find relevant for where we are at personally, which is not to say they’re not brilliant. But this one, appealed for some reason. I’ve been recommended TED talks in the past and I’ve come across some fascinating talks, from the value of silence to ways to combat climate change. You can follow the link to see others on topics of your choosing and listen to some remarkable speakers. 🙂 This particular TED talk talks about dessertification, the process by which grassland is turned into dessert, a HUGE problem around our world. I’ve been saving this one up for a few days until I had the bandwidth available which, now that we have phone and internet connected (HOORAY) I now have access to the needed bandwidth (it’s not huge but it’s more than I was prepared to use on my pre-paid  internet dongle doovy. 🙂

This speaker, Allan Savory, brought me to despair with his words but finished off on such a huge high note that I was in tears and applauding along with the rest of the audience. I think my kids thought I was nuts (I think they really KNOW I’m nuts to be honest 😉 ) and I wanted to share his words with you. There are some that are a little scary and some that are heartbreaking. He has been to the depths and risen to the dizzying heights in his research and I think he may have found the way to literally save our planet if those to whom this is directly relevant see and hear and follow. So, once you’ve watched this, if you believe and agree, please forward it on, share it around and encourage people to see and listen.

The link is here.

If the end was nigh, how would you survive.

Picture the world as it is. Modern conveniences, easy access to food at supermarkets, toilet paper on hand, petrol with which to drive your car(s), flick the switch and on goes a light. It’s pretty cushy hey. Cold? Ok, turn on the heater, crank up the thermostat and welcome the warmth. Too hot? Switch on that air conditioner or go and dive into the swimming pool for a swim. Bored? Lonely? At a loose end? Stick on the telly or computer and check out Facebook, read some blogs or play a game.

 

 

 

Picture that same world in a few years when petrol and electricity have reached prices that only the wealthy can afford. You can still go to the supermarket… IF you have the money for the fuel for your car or if you live close enough to ride a bike or walk there. Take your own bags though as there will be no more plastic ones.

Once you get there the shelves may well be bare and you may well be shopping in the dark. Imagine long queues to line up for a few cans of food, some stale bread and maybe a few cups of rice because the supermarket is rationing what they have as there is no fuel to ship the food over from China and no diesel to drive it from our farming communities or for the trucks to drive it from the docks, then to the supermarkets.

It’s mid winter and the electricity brown or black outs mean there is no power to switch on the heater. Or a 40C day and the air con needs power to run and the pool is green from lack of adequate filtration. That boredom and loneliness will  not go away with online access either. No power remember?

Take it further. How will you cook that last can of baked beans you’ve managed to find? Power is out and gas is either too pricey to use or run out too. How will you heat water for a shower? How will you prevent food from going off?

 

 

Where will your clean water come from?

It’s Springtime and it’s time to plant a garden. Have you got seeds to plant? What will you grow? Where will you grow it? Suppose you have the seeds, the space to grow some food and kind weather. How will you keep that bumper crop of tomatoes and corn? The fridge and freezer are unreliable at best (remember the brownouts?).

And most scary of all, how will you prevent others from taking your food from you should things reach that point.

Ok, so that’s all pretty extreme I know and a long way from the world in which we currently live. But does it make you stop and think? I mean we’ve all seen those post apocalyptic films and tv shows. Mad Max II, Waterworld, Tank Girl, Dark Angel, the list goes on I’m sure. But have we ever stopped and thought what would happen to us if we had to survive in those situations.

I know many have lived through similar conditions after the disasters that have struck. Cyclones, hurricanes and tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes, bushfires, floods and other catastrophic events that render us unable to access the amenities we can normally take for granted. I salute those who have survived these situations. I have no idea how I would manage. How would I cope?

How prepared is my family?

Gavin Webber from The Greening of Gavin has posted about exactly this (inspiring 100% of this post) and has linked in a wonderful calculator to help you assess just how ready you truly and actually are. Click here to see Gavin’s post and follow the links. My family report card brings home a score of B. There are some areas that we are in a great position and others we are seriously lacking. I have an afternoon of research ahead of me. I strongly urge you to think about this and to read this post. How will you survive when the end of the world as we know it is nigh?