Resources for Home-Town Resilience

Beyond denial and depression: Positive community responses to peak oil, climate change and global economic chaos.
"The challenges are enormous; but the opportunities are even greater." -- Presidential Science Adviser John Holdren

Resilient: capable of adapting quickly to disruptive challenges
View ‘In Transition’ in full on Vimeo and Youtube. In Transition is the first detailed film about the Transition movement. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.
The Power Down Show -- Video -- Superb!! Watch Episode 8, Energy Descent Pathways , free.
The End Is Near! (Yay!) -- The Transition movement is spreading fast. Lead article in the NY Times Magazine Green Issue.
Chris Martenson ties together the Three E's - Economy, Energy and the Environment
to help you begin preparing for a future that will be drastically different from the past.

Why Isn’t the Brain Green? NY Times magazine

Instead of an economy that emphasizes profit and requires perpetual growth to avoid collapse, we need to move together towards an economy that provides a satisfactory standard of living for everyone while allowing us to develop our full (including spiritual) potential in harmony with the biosphere that sustains and nurtures all beings, including future generations.
Although issued quite recently, key portions of the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are already out of date, 
as evidence shows the impacts of warming intensifying from the Arctic to Antarctica.
Found at Yale Environment 360 -- Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is searching for ways to guide, without prescribing action.
Can Climate Panel Have Climate impact?

Wake Up, Freak Out -- Video

Changes in the Map of Plant-Hardiness Zones in the US -- Animation

Peak Oil: Now? Next Year? Last Year?

The Conservation Imperative: Searching for a Miracle: "Net Energy" Limits and the Fate of Industrial Society, by Richard Heinberg

A major Report from the Post-Carbon Institute -- Overview -- Full Report

Oil Production is Reaching its Limit: The Basics of What This Means --Peak Oil tutorial from Gail the Actuary

The End of Suburbia -- This 52 minute video discusses how the suburbia and consumption we see
as normal came about and how it can't possibly survive as the supply of  cheap energy dries up.

Predicting the Timing of Peak Oil -- Wikipedia

Mitigation of Peak Oil -- Wikipedia: "the attempt to delay the date and minimize the social and economic 
impact of peak oil by reducing the world's consumption and reliance on petroleum."

Peak-Oil Science Curriculum
"One of the reasons that there has been little said about peak oil is that economists keep saying
that peak should be no problem; in a free market economy, substitutes will be found. 
Name three substitutes for food. "

Let's Get Real About Renewable Energy -- We can double the output of solar and wind, and double it again. We'll still depend on hydrocarbons.

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Exploring Solutions

Psychology of Change

Consuming the Earth: Unconscious Processes in Relation to Our Environmental Crisis
By Mary-Jayne Rust

Smarter Shopping

GoodGuide  -- working to help us find safe, healthy, and green products that are better for us and for our planet.
GoodGuide Blog -- articles from the people who are creating the guide.

Communities print their own currency to keep cash flowing -- local currencies "encourage people to buy locally. Merchants, 
hurting because customers have cut back on spending, benefit as consumers spend the local cash."

Slow Money Alliance Launches National Grassroots Campaign -- 

Time for a whole new field of cooperation law. 
By Janelle Orsi
Janelle Orsi, “Four Degrees of Sharing”. Our world is inherently shareable, ... Check out The Sharing Solution by Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow. ...

Food, CO2
In this open letter to our new President, Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) argues that with the the era of cheap and abundant food drawing to a close along with the supply of cheap and abundant energy, the health of the nation's food system is a critical issue of national security. "We need not choose between the welfare of our families and the health of the environment ... eating less oil and more sunlight will redound to the benefit of both.
Peak Moment #27: Megan Quinn of The Community Solution discusses her visit to Cuba, and the movie "The Power of Community". This young woman sees Peak Oil as an opportunity to create the communities we want, but notes that we must reduce our consumption despite environmentalists' assurances that biofuels will save us.
A lost civilization in the central Amazon Basin seems to have surpassed modern science in their agricultural methods.
Their 'Biochar' may help us deal with the global warming crisis: But the Terra Preta's secret may not be just charcoal.

Agricultural Charcoal Resources

NanoSolar Thin-Film Photovoltaics -- "affordable green power with solar cell technology of distinctly superior cost efficiency, versatility, and availability."

"At a mere 36 inches tall, the plug-in wind appliance can generate about 40 kilowatt hours each month, that's enough to light a home using high-efficiency bulbs, said Maglaque. And although micro-wind is nothing new, at $400 a pop, the Jellyfish's price and simplicity make it a fresh face in the market. "
[Not yet available for purchase.]

Options for getting to work and parking safely are expanding for New Haven’s hundreds of bike commuters.

Electric Cars Going Places -- To get enough pure-electric cars on the road to make a difference, 

these folks are starting with the infrastructure, including battery-swap stations.
Building leaky, inefficient homes locks in energy waste for decades, but construction codes for many states and cities are weak.
Cohousing research good news for developers, cohousing seekers
Living in cohousing consumes nearly 60 per cent less energy in the home, and they often operate car-sharing and recycling schemes that greatly reduce the pollution from travel and landfill. Having facilities such as office space, workshops and gym within the community also reduces travel and associated emissions. Residents’ direct involvement in the management and maintenance of these communities has also led to the adoption of more energy-efficient systems and renewable sources of energy.

"A cohousing community is a kind of intentional community composed of private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities. A cohousing community is planned, owned and managed by the residents, groups of people who want more interaction with their neighbours. Common facilities vary but usually include a large kitchen and dining room ...."

Earthship Biotecture: Sustainable, Independent Buildings & Systems

The Basics -->
Bioregionalism  - - - Transition Movement  - - -  Plan C  - - -  Small-Mart Revolution  - - -  Web of Debt


E. F. Schumacher Society -- promoting the building of strong local economies that link people, land, and community.

The Transition Movement 
Our basic approach to the current situation(s)

Transition Media: Audio and Video -- Interviews and talks by Rob Hopkins and others

Transition Culture -- Rob Hopkins's Web site
How might our response to peak oil and climate change look more like a party than a protest march? 
This site explores the emerging transition model in its many manifestations.

Powerful tools, free (except for the work of learning and using them).
For any relocalization effort, even if you're just after a resilient economy,
with no worries about peak everything and climate change. 

Transition US -- a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, support, training, and networking for Transition Initiatives across the United States.

Plan C
 Their director, Pat Murphy, is the author of 

C stands for community (where cooperation replaces competition) and 
curtailment (deliberately reducing consumption of consumer goods).
Just the Economic Evidence, and Solutions

The Small-Mart Revolution -- Video: Michael Shuman advocates "Going Local," 

Web of Debt -- It's the Banks; and Solutions

Web of Debt Articles -- Articles by Ellen Brown, J.D. 

Web of Debt Links

Since 2000, the state’s GNP has grown 56%, personal income has grown 43%, and 
wages have grown 34%. This year the state has a budget surplus of $1.2 billion!”

What does the State of North Dakota have that other states don’t? The answer seems to be: its own bank.

Moral Economy Project -- Quaker Institute for The Future

Generally Excellent Sources

Natural Resources Defense Council -- NRDC is widely considered to be the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance -- Working since 1974 to enable communities with tools to increase economic effectiveness, reduce wastes, 
decrease environmental impacts and provide for local ownership of the infrastructure and resources essential for community well-being.  

Dynamic Cities Project -- a non-profit organization creating energy transition strategies as a proactive response to peak oil and climate change.

which aims to help individuals and communities understand and respond to the
environmental, societal, and economic crises created by our dependence on fossil fuels.

Yale Environment 360 -- magazine from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Books for Transition from Chelsea Green Publishing

Deliberative Democracy

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