In February 2005, 200 scientists met in Exeter, UK to warn that
dangerous climate change is happening now and action must be taken. The
meeting was ignored in the US media. Audio courtesy of TUC Radio.
An in depth look at energy, carrying capacity and trade as they relate to modern food production in the face of impending global oil peak. Delivered at the "Food Security in an Energy Scarce World" Conference held in Dublin, Ireland.
In his introduction of a presentation by David Holmgren, two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Julian Darley spoke briefly about thresholds and going from a linear to a non-linear world, touching on the idea of relocalization.
If people can be made to understand that nature is not something external to them, but that they are an integral part of the web of life, I believe that awareness would evolve into a respect and perhaps even a reverence for our home. Earl Butz, the former Secretary of Agriculture, said “Soon the American people will be relieved of the drudgery of growing their own food.” I am convinced he was thinking with that portion of his anatomy that his name describes, because I have found quite the contrary to be true.
We are entering a period of economic hardship and declining incomes. The increment of new development will be very small, probably the individual building lot. The suburbs as are going to tank spectacularly. We are going to see an unprecedented loss of equity value and, of course, basic usefulness. We are going to see an amazing distress sale of properties, with few buyers. We're going to see a fight over the table scraps of the 20th century. We'll be lucky if the immense failure of suburbia doesn't result in an extreme political orgy of grievance and scapegoating.