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We're not talking here just about government policy or corporate initiatives. This is more about what individuals can do to prepare for the coming crisis.

Seattle and Climate Change: A Global City Acting Locally (see page 2) [2005 March 15]

"What You Can Do for Climate Protection
Cool cars donít guzzle. When you buy your next car, look for the one with the best fuel economy in its class..."

The Long Road Down: Decline and the Deindustrial Future, John Michael Greer [2004 October 5]

"For more than three decades now, the world has been on notice that the long afternoon of industrial society is drawing to a close.... A failure of vision and political will on the part of leaders and constituencies alike threw away the decades that could have made a difference. Today we live in the shadow of that failure.

"Yet an odd blindness affects attempts to make sense of our predicament. People on all sides of the debate talk as though the future has only two possible shapes: progress or apocalypse, either business as usual for the foreseeable future or a catastrophic slide into savagery and mass death.... One side insists that technology will inevitably solve our problems and yield a better life for all, while the other side brandishes worst case scenarios and talks of millions of corpses. It should be obvious that these aren't the only possibilities...."

The Coming of Deindustrial Society: A Practical Response, John Michael Greer [2004 October 5]

"With the coming of Peak Oil and the beginning of long-term, irreversible declines in the availability of fossil fuels (along with many other resources), modern industrial civilization faces a wrenching series of unwelcome transitions. This comes as a surprise only for those who haven't been paying attention."

The Stormwatch Project, a letter by John Michael Greer

"... [T]he model the Stormwatch Project is using is not the one that failed in the Seventies. It's one that succeeded on a massive scale all through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 1900 more than 40% of all adult Americans belonged to at least one fraternal lodge; membership levels in Canada, Great Britain, and several other countries were similar. In these countries, lodges were the basis of a "social safety net" radically different from the entitlement schemes promoted by liberals and adopted, to various degrees, by most governments in the twentieth century."

Solar from Small-Scale Up, Not Utility-Scale Down by George Mokray [2004 March 2]

"Those are my ideas on building the solar marketplace from the ground up rather than from the utilities on down. I would appreciate any thoughts that you might have about them because I am serious about making these products real... [S]ince nobody seems to be making it for me, I've decided I'll have to make it myself... [I]t sure would be nice to have some help along the way, especially from somebody who knew what they were doing (unlike me)..."

Three Year Energy Diet by Robert Waldrop [2001 January 13]

"Energy shortages may cause severe economic dislocations in coming years. High prices for natural gas and electricity are already causing problems with family budgets. Now is the time to learn the skills and acquire the information that will help you to manage life without fossil fuels. The future safety and security of your family and neighborhood may very well depend on your ability to cut your energy usage dramatically."

Organizations:

The Community Solution

Kibbutz US: An eco-sensitive Jewish Collective Farm in America. The solution when the oil runs out.

Blogs

Solar John

"Besides being more environmentally friendly, Iím cutting my utility costs, and have a terrific system in place that has served me well during power outages. To help others do similar work, I provide do-it-yourself information, particularly for small off-grid PV systems, on my blog. I hope to inspire others to do these things, and therefore contribute in a positive way to the health of our planet and atmosphere."
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