Educating our Los
Angeles communities on the issue of peak oil and taking steps to prepare
ourselves for the post carbon age.
Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) Primer
Here is a good introduction to "Energy Descent Action
Plans" from the Energy Bulletin, including a brief primer
on peak oil and permaculture. This would be a good article
to send to neighborhood council members, council district
staff and other public official types to try and start
a conversation, if you are so inclined.
- Jennifer (Pasadena Post Carbon Outpost).
The concept of Energy Descent Action Plans isn't a
widely known or discussed one. Even the issue which
forms the EDAP's main inspiration - Peak Oil - may not
be widely appreciated. So I've written a background
briefing below. It's a work in progress, and being adapted
from a document written for the Melbourne Food Network,
so there may be some regional assumptions. But I hope
that it might be a useful source document for others.
– Adam (@energybulletin.net)
Technofix bubbles of hydrogen and biofuels at Pentagon’s
Written by Jan Lundberg for CultureChange.org
Energy in the form of hydrogen, as well as biofuels,
is one of the few mainstays of hope for clinging to
global economic growth. When it comes to today’s growing
worries over both the world peak in oil extraction and
global warming, government and industry favor certain
renewable energy technologies to supplement and then
supplant decades more of fossil fueling. What of lifestyle
change and truly sustainable, local economics? That's
not what's being planned for you by the corporate state
or even by some entities we would trust. Therefore,
we are all allowing a tragic waste of time and more
global warming that is avoidable. The technological
solution (or "the technofix") is what we examine in
this report, for its appeal serves to excuse the absence
of immediate, realistic national and global action on
preparing for what a growing number of people see as
The Tilth Producers Internet Audio Archive
by Jennifer Murphy
The Tilth Producers Internet Audio Archive has the
beginning of an excellent library of conference keynote
speeches and workshops related to sustainable agriculture
and permaculture. Listen online for free: www.tilthproducers.org
Paul Stamets - Mushrooms as Allies: Potentiating
Planetary Host Defenses through Fungi. Tilth Producers
2003 Conference Workshop. Paul Stamets, extraordinary
mycologist and long-time Tilth member, takes you to
the outer limits of the miracles of mushrooms in this
wide-ranging and ground-breaking talk.
Vandana Shiva - Agriculture for Life: Beyond the
suicidal Economy of Industrial Farming and Globalized
Agriculture. Tilth's 30th Anniversary Conference Keynote
Address November 2004. Dr. Vandana Shiva inspires
and awakens us as she describes the history of her
anti-corporate/pro-farmer activism in her home country
Also, if you enjoy getting this kind of information
by listening online (as I do), check out www.globalpublicmedia.org - Public service broadcasting for a post-carbon world, www.loe.org - Living
on Earth (weekly enviro show from NPR), www.beyondorganic.com - Beyond Organic Radio (another weekly enviro show with
a focus on food issues, based in Northern CA), and www.radio4all.net - a lot of the local audio activists in Sound Posse
upload their stuff here.
The Power of Community screened at Carlotta's Passion
film, "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak
Oil" was shown at Carlotta's Passion, an art gallery
in Eagle Rock, California on May 26th. Instead of how
Cuba survived peak oil, this film is more about how
Cuba survived the collapse of the Soviet Union and their
subsequent cessation of support. It serves as a valuable
lesson for us regarding life in the post carbon era.
For more information on this documentary, visit:
July 15th Direct Action for Climate Justice
July 15th, the "Group of 8" (G8) richest industrialized
countries will gather in St. Petersburg, Russia to plot
their continued commodification and domination of the
planet, this time under the euphemistic banner of "Energy
Security." A leaked G8 "Communique on Energy Security"
calls for trillions of dollars in new investments in
oil, gas and coal production worldwide, plus wide-scale
global expansion of nuclear energy. With runaway climate
change looming just over the horizon, such neoliberal
business-as-usual poses a direct threat to the continuation
of life on Earth as we know it. Resistance is self defense.
The G8 agenda promotes petroleum-dependent "Energy Security"
that pollutes our land and atmosphere, exploits poor
and indigenous communities, and scorches the Earth’s
climate. Their recipe for catastrophe must be met with
our global resistance!
Read more: http://reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=318
Save the South Central Farm!
THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND HAS SECURED AN OPPORTUNITY
TO SAVE THE SOUTH CENTRAL FARM!
The 14-acre South Central Farm, located at 41st and
Alameda Streets in South Los Angeles, is thought to
be the largest community garden in the United States.
After a contentious three-year land-use battle that
made news around the world, the Trust for Public Land
(TPL) has secured an opportunity to save the Farm. Within
the confines of a tentative purchase agreement, TPL
hopes to help unify stakeholders and different sectors
of Los Angeles to raise the money necessary to purchase
The community goal is to raise $1 million in less than
30 days, for this we need your help. Los Angeles must
step up to the plate and help save this land. We have
the opportunity to eliminate park poverty in this highly
urbanized and semi-industrial neighborhood. We can make
permanent and public the community and cultural benefits
of the green oasis created by 360 families as they continue
to grow healthy fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants
to supplement their food budgets.
Without the help of donors—both major and modest—the
fate of the South Central Farm remains in doubt. Help
us save this important community asset and transform
it into a true multi-cultural regional resource built
on the unique relationship between people and the land.
If you would like more information about the project,
fundraising or Parks for People-LA, please call Bob
Reid 213.380.4233 x 14 or email at email@example.com
or Alina Bokde 213.380.4233 x 27
Donation form at http://www.southcentralfarmers.com
How much Do I care?
Do I care
Enough about Peace
To ride My bike to work
To not say, "It's too far"
Just move closer?
Turn on your speakers:
San Francisco Passes Peak Oil Resolution
Campaign by Local Activists Persuaded Board of Supervisors
of Looming Energy Crunch; Landmark Initiative Urges
Development of ‘Action and Response Plan’ San Francisco,
CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2006 -- San Francisco on Tuesday
became the first major U.S. city to pass a resolution
acknowledging the threats posed by peak oil, urging
the city to develop a comprehensive plan to respond
to the emerging global energy crunch.
Giving micropower to the people
Countering climate change should begin at home, says
Alan Knight in The Green Room this week. A hands-on
approach to energy generation, he argues, gives people
a sense of empowerment and the impetus to reduce their
The oil is going, the oil is going!
Mieszkowski interviews leaders of bay area Post Carbon
Groups and Matt Savinar in this Salon.com article.
"A posh conference room on the 33rd floor of
a skyscraper in downtown San Francisco is an elegant
if ironic perch from which to ponder the uncertain future
of life as we know it. Yet the 20 people assembled around
the golden conference table for the February monthly
meeting of the San Francisco Post Carbon group believe
that sooner rather than later that stream of cars and
trucks will falter, if not actually stop, altogether.
And as the geopolitical and economic dominoes start
to fall in the wake of climbing oil prices, some wonder
with macabre humor how long it will be before they'll
have to climb 33 flights of stairs if they want to make
it to this room."
Why the Farmers Must Win
by Leslie Radford
its Saturday editorial, the Los Angeles Times reduced
virtually all the civic concerns of the historically
neglected South Central to “niceties” and condemned
a swath of the district to being a “concrete-and-asphalt”
wasteland,“ "a seemingly endless sweep” of “industrial
warehouses, packing plants, and junkyards.” It proclaimed
that developer Ralph Horowitz must triumph, and the
South Central Farm must be razed. The Times was wrong.
Angeles gothic,” the lead editorial in Saturday's
Los Angeles Times evokes the horrific, not the rural.
The Times took up for fat-cat developers, industrial
sprawl, and backroom deal-making with a ferocity unmatched
even by the shirking Mayor’s office or the stolidly
silent City Council. Only the California State Appellate
and Supreme Courts, in granting the City Council license
to violate the City Charter’s to sell off publicly-owned
property, has bent over so adamantly to advance the
interests of robber barons.
To Save the Farm by Leslie Radford, Down
on the Farm by Perry Crowe, A
Magic So Strong: The South Central Farm Must Live by Juan Xavier Santos, Trouble
in the Garden By Dean Kuipers
Cities for People not Cars
Green Cities and the End of the Age of Oil
by Richard Register
The oil-burning, fume-spewing private automobile is
only part of a larger environmentally damaging system
- the energy-intensive sprawling infrastructure of our
cities. When small buildings are scattered over large
areas, more energy is required for heating and cooling
as well as for transportation. Pedestrian-friendly Green
Cities - built for people, bicycles, mass transit and
renewable energy - would not only cut air pollution,
they also would promote the rebuilding of essential
soil and water resources while increasing plant and
Earthworks Farm Community Supported Agriculture
Supported Agriculture is a direct partnership between
the consumer and the farmer. The CSA member buys a share
of the farm at the beginning of the growing season.
In exchange, the farmer grows exceptionally high quality
vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Every week, the produce
is picked and immediately delivered to local drop off
sites, where members pick up their shares. This arrangement
is ecologically sound because it reduces the long-distance
trucking involved in much of today's produce delivery.
In addition, all the produce is organically grown. This
method of growing food is healthier and more environmentally
sustainable for the consumer, agricultural worker, and
the land itself. The amount of vegetables, flowers and
herbs available each week depends on the season and
the growing conditions, but a CSA "share" often amply
feeds a family of four. Earthworks Enterprises will
be working diligently to generate enough production
as the year progresses to begin a CSA program for the
Earthworks new website: http://www.ewent.org/
Petrocollapse and Food Security at the South Central
Jan Lundberg, oil industry analyst, founder of Auto-Free
Times and www.culturechange.org came to Los Angeles
last weekend to speak on the issues surrounding peak
oil. I attended the Sunday afternoon talk on “Petrocollapse
and Food Security”, an appropriate title for the location,
the South Central Farm.
The farm may be receiving an eviction notice any day
now, and in the light of Jan’s talk, this makes no sense
at all. The average distance food travels between the
farm and the dinner table in this country is 1500 miles.
Our city’s food supply lines are dangerously dependent
on petroleum-powered transportation and petroleum-based
fertilizers and pesticides. Rather than destroy existing
vibrant, community-operated agricultural production
we should be supporting and expanding it to every neighborhood
Alternatives to Plastic
By PAUL GOETTLICH
Over the past few of years, many people asked for help in getting
plastic out of their lives. It is hoped that this article guides
you to a cleaner lifestyle. While it is presently impossible to
actually remove all plastic from one's life, it is definitely worth
reducing it to a minimum.
the Toxic Plague, The War on Plastic, Our
Synthetic Sea - A 22 minute documentary about exponential buildup
of “non-biodegradable” plastic debris in the world’s ocean
Trouble in the Garden
The 350 families who banded together as the South
Central Farmers transformed an industrial dump into a jungle paradise.
But now they’re being evicted
~ By DEAN KUIPERS ~
The space is the South Central Community Farm, a 14-acre
community garden just south of downtown smack on Alameda Street,
right up alongside the industrial warehouses of the City of Vernon.
The contrast with community gardens elsewhere in the city is shocking.
These aren’t tiny weekend projects with a few tomatoes and California
poppies. The 330 spaces here are large, 20 X 30 feet, many of them
doubled- and tripled-up into larger plots, crammed with a tropical
density of native Mesoamerican plants – full-grown guava trees,
avocados, tamarinds, and palms draped in vines bearing huge pumpkins
and chayotes, leaf vegetables, corn, seeds like chipilin grown for
spice, and rank upon rank of cactus cut for nopales. The families
who work these plots are all chosen to receive one because they
are impoverished by USDA standards, and use them to augment their
household food supply. These are survival gardens.
Read more at http://www.lacitybeat.com
Update: Court Rules Against South Central Farm,
Immediate Support Needed!
Friday Feb 3rd
and health versus consumerism
Written by Jan Lundberg
For many there is some freedom to be had from minimizing possessions
and sharing everything. Too bad that in today's regimented culture,
almost no one is given a chance to explore what it might entail
to live another way, and what the advantages may be compared to
consumerism. Such exploration should be widely considered today,
given that there is petrocollapse ahead for the U.S. -- likewise
for all petroleum-dependent countries that have seen their traditional
social structures weaken from "free" market-based economics.
Sustainable Living Workshops in Santa Monica
you are interested in finding out what you can do to shrink your
footprint on your environment then join residents in Santa Monica
who are working together to actively make a difference. Join one
of the many 6-week workshops and learn about all the things you
can do in the following areas: WATER, ENERGY, WASTE, CHEMICALS,
TRANSPORTATION, AND FOOD & SHOPPING. We are focused on helping you
to create the positive change you want to make. Expect to save $200
- $300 on utility bills from adopting the suggestions we recommend.
Workshop is subsidized by the City of Santa Monica and material
costs are only $25 for Santa Monica residents and $35 for all others.
Call or email to be apart of the next workshops starting in January.
Workshops are ongoing through the year. www.sustainable-works.org
/ (310) 458-8717 x 1
Lawn to be replaced with Edible Landscape in Los Angeles
announces Edible Landscapes #2. They are currently seeking the skilled,
eager and adventurous occupants of one conventional American house
on a typical street of endless sprawling lawns. These L.A. citizens
should be brave enough to break this toxic uniformity, by having
their entire front lawn removed and replaced by an edible landscape.
The landscapes will be established in Spring 2006 and will be the
basis of an exhibition the following Autumn.
Master Gardener Program will be Training New Volunteers
On 13 Saturdays from March 4th to May 27th, 2006, the Common Ground
Garden Program will train Los Angeles County volunteers to help
low-income and limited-resource residents to grow and eat more nutritious
vegetables. Applicants should know the basics of gardening and be
active community volunteers (not necessarily in gardening). There
is a $100 material fee (partial scholarships are available for low-income
participants) and the training is from 9 AM to 4 PM each Saturday.
To get onto the mailing list, contact Administrative Assistant
Gloria Mitchell at phone 323-260-3348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to request application packet is January 16, 2006.
Fruit Trees in Los Angeles Combat Hunger
those of us that have been following the issue of global oil peak
and our dependency on fossil fuels, we know that food security will
become a major issue as fossil fuels go into decline. If you think
otherwise, check out the article "Eating
Fossil Fuels" by Dale Allen Pfeiffer. The below article
published by Tree People highlights how they have been increasing
food security in low income neighborhoods by planting fruit trees.
Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet,
but for residents of low-income neighborhoods, fresh produce is
often prohibitively expensive. For the past 21 years, TreePeople
has addressed this problem by distributing free fruit trees in
underserved communities. Since 1984, TreePeople’s Fruit Tree program
has distributed approximately 60,000 plum, peach, apricot, fig
and nectarine trees to community groups, schools and churches.
Read more at http://www.treepeople.org/vfp.dll?OakTree~getPage~&PNPK=28
Sun Valley Watershed Stakeholders Group Addresses Flooding, Water
Conservation, Recreation, Wildlife Habitat and Polution
mission of the Sun Valley Watershed Stakeholders Group is to solve
the local flooding problem while retaining all stormwater runoff
from the watershed, increasing water conservation, recreational
opportunities, and wildlife habitat, and reducing stormwater pollution.
There's something exciting going on in Sun Valley! A serious effort
to solve the area's chronic flooding problem is underway, but that's
not the half of it. Planners envision a solution that will bring
many other benefits to the community as well. The implementation
here of what's known as a "watershed approach" to urban environmental
problems could focus regional and national attention on Sun Valley.
On this website, we'll provide both an introduction to the Sun Valley
Watershed Project and a clearinghouse for project information. We
hope you'll find the site informative and useful - maybe even inspiring!
It is within our power – even the Unknown Consumer’s!
by Jan Lundberg
I feel much sorrow for the Unknown Consumer, the poor schlump (blue
collar or affluent) whom I see making any kind of purchase – what
else is anybody doing in public, besides driving? Odds are overwhelmingly
that the average U.S. citizen - rightly called a consumer, if the
shoe fits – is doing nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
or the use of that deadly, strategic, dwindling commodity: oil.
Nevertheless, there is a sleeping force of change biding its time
among today's unconscious and oppressed folk. I see working people
as well as disabled or unemployed people trying to manage as low-income
consumers. They constantly do things such as drink from plastic
soda bottles and thus poison themselves, thereby cheating their
bodies out of clean water and honest food. I'm sorry for these folk,
but I'm getting more angry at their plight and the greedy few who
keep them in their condition and class. It is no consolation that
the greedy rich are poisoning themselves too and weakening the gene
pool. Also sad is the fact that an oppressed member of society is
likely to desire the usual "opportunities" that lead nowhere. There
are better approaches to dealing with "The System," even when leaders
DRY DIPSTICK LAUNCHES "BEYOND PEAK"
a web guide to Peak Oil, launches BeyondPeak.com, a guide to self-sufficiency
and preparing for, and dealing with, Peak Oil and economic collapse.
The new website focuses on preparation for, and dealing with, the
effects of Peak Oil, economic collapse, and a host of other looming
disruptions, any one of which could cause serious problems in our
society. Mick Winter, founder of both Dry Dipstick and Beyond Peak,
says: "Many visitors to Dry Dipstick have told us, 'Okay, we get
Peak Oil. Now what can we do about it?'"
Free NYC Cyclists Campaign
year ago on Aug. 27, the New York City police mounted a major offensive,
but not against drug dealers, terrorists or criminals. They went
after people on bicycles, cracking down on a Critical Mass group
bicycle ride. Since then, more than 500 cyclists have been arrested
and many more have had their bicycles stolen by police. Video evidence
shows beautiful, peaceful bike rides in New York with artistic bikes,
stunt bikes and even small children on training bikes. Then, the
camera shows unresisting cyclists being stopped by the police, beaten
to the ground, tear gassed and hauled away in handcuffs. Truckloads
of bikes have been confiscated, many cut from their locks while
their owners stand by helplessly. This is a blatant abuse of human
rights, not to mention the equal rights to use public streets. World
Carfree Network has initiated the "Free NYC Cyclists" campaign.
You can help by sending letters to the New York mayor and police
commissioner demanding an end to the arrests, by organizing screenings
of the documentary film Still We Ride and by passing out letters
at your local bike rides and other events.
Take action: www.worldcarfree.net/nyc/index.php
The Second U.S. Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions
More than 350 people from 39 states and five countries gathered
with about 100 area residents in Yellow Springs, Ohio in late September
to learn how to prepare at the local level for the coming steep
decline in global oil production.
Richard Heinberg, author of the seminal work, The Party's
Over, gave a keynote address on the unprecedented challenge of peak
oil at the global and local level.
Steve Andrews, the ASPO — USA co-founder, followed with
an assessment of alternative fuels..."Long term, we must focus on
renewables," he said.
Jan Lundberg, founder of the Auto Free Times magazine, Alliance
for a Paving Moratorium, and CultureChange.org, talked of this upcoming
petrocollapse as a chaotic disruption of society that may occur
from even a small decline in oil supplies.
Petrocollapse for change of culture
Jan Lundberg speaks at Manhattan peak oil conference, Oct. 5
...One reason for my stance is that petrocollapse, like peak
oil, is inevitable and is right up ahead. There is little the government
can do about it except to try to protect the most powerful elites.
This will not work in the long run, and more equitable means of
people helping one another will jump in. I’m accused of being too
optimistic about a new culture of egalitarianism and mutual aid,
when I predict cooperation and solidarity will be the order of the
new day. I frankly do not see any alternative if we are to survive
as a species, and if peace is the only state we can allow at this
Read more: www.lapostcarbon.org/petrocollapse.htm
A Peek Beyond the Peak: Heinberg in Venice, California
by Margaret Morris
On July 16, the United Methodist Church of Venice hosted a gathering
under the sponsorship of the Post Carbon Institute dealing literally
with the end of civilization as we know it. Richard Heinberg, one
of the world’s most respected experts on peak oil, spoke to a group
of 50 to 60 people about the impending depletion of the world’s
petroleum reserves and how best to meet the challenges this presents.
He is a professor of ecology and author of Powerdown — Options and
Actions for a Post-Carbon World and The Party’s Over: Oil, War and
the Fate of Industrial Societies.
Love-Ins No More, Now We Have Critical Mass!
Published September 19, 2005 by CICLE.org
...A growing awareness of the downside of the bell curve of world
crude oil supply has created a thirst for information among the
forward-thinkers of L.A. Exacerbating the decline in oil production
is the volatile motor fuel supply/demand balance; we are on the
razor's edge. Current events in the Gulf Coast area are the text-book
example of this; one glitch in the petrol-system and prices rise
and waves of anxiety are generated. A video concerning peak oil
would be shown at F y C. Since I wanted to see these particular
videos I decided to pedal over there at the appointed hour. Some
of us have already begun changing our lifestyle for less petroleum-dependence.
Bicycles are the new symbols of opting out of corporate commodification
of transportation, cutting the oil-umbilical cord, while simplifying
and naturalizing our lives. Love-ins of the 60's have given way
to Critical Masses in modern times...."
Read more at www.cicle.org/news/harvs_fyc.html
Md. Representative Roscoe Bartlett hosts public
Peak Oil conference
by Paula Hay
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, representing Maryland’s 6th district
in the U.S. House of Representatives, hosted an energy conference
Sept. 26 focused entirely on Peak Oil and its potential solutions.
Approximately 400 people filled the Kussmaul Theater at Frederick
Community College in Frederick, Md., to hear a broad range of expert
perspective on the issue.
Read more at adaptationzine.com/content/bartlett-conf
In Los Angeles:
Solutions for Food Security and Peak Oil/Energy Decline
is one of the topics that will be covered in the Permaculture Design
Certificate Course. Come see what people are calling "tremendously
hopeful", "life-changing" and "an enormous breath of fresh air"...
Join us as we will examine some of the most inspiring examples of
human ingenuity and sustainable solutions ever documented. It will
be held one weekend a month for six months, second weekends of Oct
2005 through March 2006. There are still spaces available. Reserve
your space now!
Larry Larry Santoyo
Earthflow Design Works
Update on the South Central Farm
I'm writing this message on behalf of the South Central Farmers
today to thank those of you who have showed support and interest
in our struggle. Currently things have been quiet at the farm as
we wait for our appeal to be prcessed in the Supreme Court, but
we still have the threat and fear of physical eviction. At the moment
we are looking to build a "phone tree" for that in the event of
an action against us, we can call in friends to support us. However,
you should know that there is possibly a risk of being arrested.
I know for some of you it is not a risk you'd like to take but you
can still support us by showing up at the farm as witnesses. The
importance is having people there to have an imposing presence on
the authorites and developer. You can also help by contacting the
media and swarming them with urgent messages of our situation. If
you are interested in supporting us or would like visit the farm,
contact me so we can make arrangements or visit the farm Sunday
for our open to the public farmers market (41st ST. and Alameda,
Los Angeles). If you have any questions or would like to give us
an endorsement through your organization, please contact me.
Also, every Wednsday night we have our support coalition meeting
at 7:00 pm at the farm to discuss our struggle to save the farm,
community, culture and the supplemental food supply for hundreds
Thank you, Fernando
What is an Ecological Footprint?
Have you ever stopped to consider the total environmental impact
involved in you daily activities? The ecological footprint is one
technique to answer the question of how our lifestyle effects the
The ecological footprint (EF) was developed at the University
of British Columbia department of Community and Regional Planning
by Dr. William Rees and Dr. MathisWackernagel. It estimates how
much of Earth's productive land and sea is used to produce the food,
materials and energy that we consume and to assimilate our wastes.
The EF looks behind the scenes to really see what it takes to make
an alarm clock, a cup of coffee, our clothes, our home and to operate
Read More at www.lapostcarbon.org/footprint.htm
Upcoming USA Peak Oil Events
Second U.S. Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions
September 23 – 25, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett’s Maryland 6th District 2005 Energy
September 26, Frederick, Maryland
Sustainable Living Fair with keynote by Pat Murphy of “The Community
October 1, Columbia, Missouri
Peak Hour Conference on Community Development and Alternative Energy
October 1, Muskegon, Michigan
Global Oil Depletion and Implications for the Pacific Northwest
October 4 – 5, Spokane, Washington
October 5, New York City
ASPO – USA Denver World Oil Conference Beyond Oil: Intelligent
Response to Peak Oil Impacts
November 10 – 11, Denver, Colorado
THE ESSENCE OF PERMACULTURE
By David Holmgren
[Permaculture] is 'Consciously designed landscapes which mimic
the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an
abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.
People, their buildings and the ways in which they organise themselves
are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent
or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable
The design system
For many people, myself included, the above conception of permaculture
is so global in its scope that its usefulness is reduced. More precisely,
I see permaculture as the use of systems thinking and design principles
that provide the organising framework for implementing the above
vision. It draws together the diverse ideas, skills and ways of
living which need to be rediscovered and developed in order to empower
us to provide for our needs, while increasing the natural capital
for future generations.
Food Safety, Costs and Oil Dependency Lead Pasadena Residents
to Grow Food
Suburbanites getting back to farming roots
By Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press writer
Pasadena residents Jules Dervaes, Tony Kleintz, and Dermott O'Connor
and others are interviewed about growing their own food.
Read more at lapostcarbon.org/PasadenaUrbanFarming.html
Inevitable: New Orleans as victim of oil
by Jan Lundberg
There is more than a double whammy at play in the U.S. Gulf as
to the energy supply picture. Besides the devastation of the general
infrastructure, Katrina has inflicted two shortage situations as
never before experienced simultaneously: oil (and refined products),
and natural gas.
on Katrina at www.postcarbon.org
Council supports Sustainable Willits:
Unanimous vote for economic localization
By Claudia Reed/Willits News Staff Writer
[The relocalization effort in Willits seems to be making great
headway, this is a group we should watch - Eric Einem]
A statement calling for sustainable local production of necessary
goods and services including food was unanimously endorsed by the
city council Wednesday night.
The 'Green Car' Myth
by Richard Register
Consider the energy required to move a 130-pound human body by
foot as compared to moving that same body the same distance seated
behind the wheel of a 4,000-pound SUV. The average human can hit
about 5 miles-per-hour in a brisk walk while the typical car averages
40 mph (city and freeway). While it is true that you can move eight
times faster inside a two-ton vehicle, accomplishing this feat requires
burning around 1,900 times as much energy (and that’s not factoring
in friction, which increases with speed). This should tell you something
about the fundamental insanity of depending on gas-fueled cars in
an oil-starved future.
Jamey Hecht reports on ASPO in Lisbon
After three days of mathematically powerful modeling, surveys of
the discrepancies between industry and government statistics, histories
of the political distortions affecting reserve reporting, and regional
studies of basins and traps, nobody could blithely walk out the
conference doors with much hope for world economic growth.
A Non-profit, Non-partisan Research and Public Education Initiative
to Address America's Peak Oil Energy Challenge
LA Post Carbon at the 2004 Doo
by Eric Einem
LA Post Carbon Entered the Doo
Dah Parade with an entry called Got Oil? The actors included
the out-of-gassers pushing their car carrying empty gas cans, the
Earth being followed by a doctor(s) with a thermometer and stretcher,
a Soldier fighting for oil, Uncle Sam who is "Addicted to Oil",
a TV set looking for a place to plug in and a "Wake up!! We
are here, Peak Oil" sign.
Read More http://www.lapostcarbon.org/doodah.html
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