This is the two hundredth post on this blog which started a year ago in February with a post titled Everything Is Okay Now, Isn’t It? in which I stated the purpose of this exercise, “The purpose of this blog is to try to influence the thinking of Lummi Islanders to begin to take steps to prepare for a different future, an unknown future to be sure, but one which results from a crisis which could overwhelm us given lack of preparation.”
In that regard I’ve recommended Chris Martenson’s Crash Course, written about self-sufficiency, the Transition Town Movement, gardening issues, water catchement, food storage, peak oil and peak everything, relevant books, foraging, putting food by, reskilling,
alternate transportation, money, Transition Whatcom, survivalism and prepping, contingency planning, neat products, time banks, pertinent documentaries, medical issues, life on the Maine Islands, economics, the Lummi Island Ferry, resilience, Dmitri Orlov and James Kunstler, disaster preparedness and seed saving plus other miscellaneous subjects.
As a result, a few other like-minded people have joined in with their comments establishing an ad hoc group from which we can launch some initiatives which may be helpful to the island community in both the short and long term.
Most days, and with most people, it’s hard to imagine that things might drastically change in ways that will challenge the way of life virtually all of us, younger than those of the Great Depression era, have known. The ability to fill our basket at the supermarket, withdraw some cash from the bank, collect Social Security, jump in our car to go where ever we wish, plan trips to distant lands, have the internet at our finger tips, hot water at the tap, propane or natural gas on hand, electricity at the flip of a switch, a toilet that flushes, TV and Netflix, NFL football, unlimited consumer goods is a given in most of our lives. If someone takes an erasure and begins to wipe some of these off the whiteboard of our charmed existence, shock will set in.
Best we be somewhat prepared. Actions we personally exercise some control over are not that hard to take and are not at all risky in any sense, financial or otherwise: plant a garden, build up a food pantry, save some seeds, store some water, buy extra necessities, learn some new skills.
Who knows when the waves of crises might explode on our reef?