It can get a little frustrating yammering on about the need for moving towards sustainable systems when no one really wants to, has time to or can afford to.
My theory is that people change via epiphanies. I think that people move from epiphany to epiphany but it’s hard to tell what brings one about. When an epiphany happens it is just like an electron making a quantum leap. We move from one point to another without traveling through the intervening space. One day, for example, you’re drinking pop. The next day you can’t stand the thought of putting it in your mouth. You have made a quantum leap. You’re not quite sure how it happened; how you got from there to here.
Working towards of goal of real sustainability is foreign to our culture. Up to this point in our history we’ve never run out of space and we’ve never run out of stuff. We’ve never actually run out of gas. The supermarket shelves are stuffed with food; Costco has crap piled high.
Sustainability sounds like a high minded idea. But, really now, who needs it? Everything seems to be okay if you don’t look too deeply.
Unless, of course, you really look into what is happening in the Gulf, Iraq or Afganistan, or Washington DC, or Wall Street, or even Whatcom County where the Council will soon make it easier for developers to develop agricultural land.
Bad things are happening. At some point events will reach a tipping point and we will all be affected. We have financial problems, energy problems and environmental problems. The evidence seems to point to a future with less: less income, less gas, less food. The idea of transition is to get somewhat prepared by developing some sustainability in your daily life. To review:
“Transition means we need to get ready to hunker down, to fend for ourselves, to support each other and work together. It means, on a personal level, getting your financial house in order, getting out of debt, stockpiling some foodstuffs, supplies and water, finding out what skills you have that are tradeable, considering alternative modes of transportation, growing some food, building strong friendship networks, learning new skills, exchanging some cash for bullion, protecting your assets, making space for additional family members, reducing your carbon footprint, owning a boat (if you live on an island), raising animals for food (or becoming a vegetarian), saving seeds, keeping bees, staying physically fit, learning advanced first aid and self-care, preserving food, etc. etc.”
That said, I’m going to take a bit of a summer break to practice my quantum leaping.