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For several months I have been meaning to write a review of Rob Hopkins' The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, but other things got in the way-like a planetary economic meltdown and out of control climate change that exceeds some of the most dire predictions by climate scientists. I should have spoken out earlier in support of this movement, but I didn't. Now, as we commence this new year, I am.
I will begin this book "review" by telling you that I find nothing-absolutely nothing wrong with The Transition Handbook. If that then makes this article into a commercial for the book instead of a review, so be it.
Most contemporary thought about the future relies consciously or unconsciously on the belief that history has a direction that the future will inevitably follow. Does this "historicist" outlook offer useful insights, or are those who cling to such notions of inevitability fooling themselves?
I sometimes feel like a radar operator who looks out on a warm, sunny Sunday morning and sees blips that augur rapid, unwelcome changes, while most other people continue preparing for an easy day.
The whole question of how to communicate peak oil to local government, and how to support and encourage their creative and rapid responses to it, is huge and very timely. Preparing for Peak Oil is an excellent guidebook for anyone who wants to bring their local authority up to speed on energy depletion and climate change issues. It is clear, well presented, and achieves an excellent balance between presenting the hard facts about peak oil alongside some positive and inspiring examples of change, as well as some clear and well thought through thinking tools.
Michigan's third peak oil conference of 2008 focuses on the specific challenges and solutions for Michigan and features 45 speakers including Richard Heinberg, Albert Bates, Michael Brownlee, Ellen Hodgeson Brown, Richard Gilbert, Stephanie Mills, Kurt Cobb, and Aaron Wissner. The event is schedule for the November 14 weekend.
The following is proposed as a preliminary plan for discussion amongst all those who are willing to acknowledge the reality of our predicament, think beyond the paradigm of the current system, and rationally discuss the fundamental reforms required to avoid catastrophe.
Heinberg: The Food and Farming Transition
A bounty sprouts in the city with MyFarm enterprise
Green prisons farm, recycle to save energy, money
Food Insecurity's Dirty Secret
Victoria: Call for action as state food security at risk
T. Boone Pickens has challenged the U.S. presidential candidates to come up with a detailed energy plan. This speech offers them the outline of a response to that challenge...