Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Collapse" is already happening, and it's speeding up.

What is it, if anything, you need to do to prepare for the changes it will bring to our lives? How will you thrive?

Here are some of the things going on in the world just from today's headlines (Mostly NOT in the Lame Stream media) that are going to drastically affect how you live and who you are.
  • Japan's death agony continues  ( Typhoon Roke will pass right over Fukushima - 1 Million may evacuate.
  • TEPCO says up to 500 tons of groundwater already flowing into Fukushima Power Plant (
  • China cannot save Europe when it's defaulting on it's own debt (Forbes)
  • China Pulls The Rug From Under Europe, Halts French Bank Transactions, Makes Good On Trade War Ultimatum (
  • Saudi King heralds the dawn of the new World Order (Yahoo Business)
  • The new most dangerous cities in America ( There are 25 of them....
  • Eurozone crisis coukld push Britain back over the edge (
  • There will be peak oil (Acklett's Energy Mix)
  • Palestine: The move to vote on statehood begins Friday. I'm trying hard to imagine an outcome that won't trigger war or uprising. Pres. Obama has said the US will veto statehood (
  • Europe's Central banks load up on Gold (
  •  Global energy use to jump 53% (CNN) The question is, how?
  • The corporate bank run has begun (
  • Mayor Bloomberg says world social unrest will hit America's streets (
I could go on and on. The point here is not to be negative, but to be aware of what's happening on the planet. I'm not negative, but I am alarmed (as if that were an inappropriate reaction, and is a much better place than denial). Few of us are eager to contemplate, let alone truly face, these looming changes. Just the threat of losing chunks of the comfortable way of life we’re accustomed to (or aspiring to) is a frightening-enough prospect. But there’s no avoiding the current facts and trends of the human and planetary situation.

From The Waking Up Syndrome by Sarah Anne Edwards and Linda Buzzel:

What’s going on may or may not be inevitable, but we don’t have to speed it along. We can do at least one thing to ease or lessen the negative impact of these changes. We can join an environmental action group, plant a tree, bike to work, help with a protest march or write letters to our congressperson. Just doing our little bit to limit the damage eases the psychological distress we’re feeling, even if we’re not “saving the whole world.”  Taking even a small stand for what Joanna Macy calls “the life-sustaining society” (as opposed to the life-destroying one) gives us back our dignity and sense of agency.

Raise our level of consciousness so we can maintain some serenity and not burn out in the midst of all this change. We might adopt a spiritual practice of some kind, take up meditation, expand our understanding of ecology or history, or spend time reconnecting with nature, learning to live our lives in harmony with the rest of the earth.
To Learn More

Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life by Cecile Andrews.
World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal by Joanna Macy.
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community by David Korten.
The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change and other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century by James Howard Kunstler.
Middle-Class Life Boat, Careers and Life Choices for Staying Afloat in an Uncertain Economy by Paul and Sarah Edwards.
Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren
Peak Everything: Waking up to the Century of Decline by Richard Heinberg.
Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg.
Reconnecting with Nature by Michael J. Cohen.

Documentary DVDs
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream.
Escape From Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
What a Way to Go: Life at the End of the Empire.
Crude Impact

The Post-Carbon Institute

Photo credit: Jos van Wunnik


GreenMan said...

Good wake-up call, Gary! But my sense needs to collapse because it is an unsustainable system. In fact, it is a system that is designed to collapse if you look at it's fundamental building blocks. The question is...what will replace it? What do you think?
May I suggest that you put hyperlinks in for the references that you are giving. Thanks!

Gary Stamper said...

I agree that it needs to collapse before the new can emerge, and there's no repairing this system. it's far too broken and too late. We can, I think, ease the descent and the amount of damage that will be done, at least to those who choose to wake up. That's why Anyaa and I building a separate community of like-minded people.

However, there's only so much you can say and not have people go bat-shit crazy on you because of their fear and their denial, all projected on the messenger. If people actually inform themselves, they'll most likely come to the same conclusions. If not, oh well...I'm not trying to save the world.

actually had someone suggest to me that I should seek counseling and do rehab work. When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.