A New Permaculture

We are definitely in the Anthropocene which means permaculture must adapt.  It must be a hybrid to survive.  It must also reach back to the past and leverage the modern as another hybrid approach.  It must embrace salvage which is taking what has been destroyed and adapted by modern industrial behavior and then adapted with creative change that represents a niche being exploited constructively.  A permaculturist must use the status quo to leave it and in doing so realize the relativity of green.

 

I wish I could be TRUE Green but few can be all Green.  Maybe a young person or motivated family can retreat to the margins of life off the grid and embedded in natural harmony.  For most even if they desire this and have the skills are not allowed to by the limitations of their people and place.  Society dictates who can and who can’t.  The result is a lifeboat for most on a turbulent sea of destructive behavior.  Save what you can and accept the destruction of the rest.  Outfit your life with permaculture if you can.  If you can’t support it with good intentions like buying their products that are often higher priced and more difficult to reach.  Keep in mind permaculture is more than agricultural it is about a diversity of best in the class products and skills related to planetary caring.

 

Seek to lower your footprint by declining in place in localism as much as your particular Anthropocene trap allows.  You will have to pay taxes and earn a wage and in doing so you inevitably are corrupted by industrial life.  Accept this and use it to leave it.  Also accept the planet and human civilization is in decline.  Do palliative care in the hospice of destructive change.  What this means is accept decline and death in its many forms and what results is action.  The action is found by being drawn to productive niches that offer constructive change amid an overall condition of destructive change of life in succession.

 

I am living this in my REAL Green.  There are others who do more and have more Green credentials but that is not the point.  This is individual and focused on the inner core of a personal local of people and place.  Do not get caught up in comparisons of who is greener or not.  Be individually green as is allowed by your people and place.  This is all that can be done because anyone who thinks the world can be saved is delusional.  You can’t save the world by proposing vast new growth projects of Green New Deals.  Degrowth movement recommendations are likewise dangerous.  We should understand degrowth means more environmental damage if not handled properly because of the potential for green efforts being abandoned or becoming dysfunctional.  This also means that degrowth policy could become irrational by destroying more than it saves.

 

In my opinion the planet will lead the way and we should follow.  The way you orientate to the planet cannot be done by the typical modern green today with digital and hyper transport.  It is instead going local in a low footprint close to the beating heart of the planet.  You can only know the planet with a proper lifestyle as close to it as you can manage.  Keep in mind the majority of this is internal with behavior adaption.  That said you will have to be the judge of your local of people and place.  I cannot critique your way but I can mention in general the critical criteria of what works and what does not.  This is a time of a vast global inflection from growth to decline of the human system and the acceleration of planetary decline that has been going on now for a few hundred years because of the human system.  The only way to survive this in a green way is scaling to the proper place, with the right people, and the correct behavior.  That is for you to find out.  Nobody can know your most intimate place but you.

Why is Acceptance Critical to REAL Green?

The key to being REAL Green is behavior.  From behavior comes activity but also spiritual strength.  Acceptance comes into the equation in the very beginning.  The starting point is finding one’s limitations and understanding the limitations on civilization.  It is this duel reality that is important.  First as an individual one has to understand the limitations of his local of people and place in regards to how far green prepping can be taken.  Green prepping is preparations for a coming shock but also planetary caring.  Resilience and sustainability are a footprint lowing strategy that is both preparatory and green.  The key for the individual is understanding how far he can take this effort.  Even before this one needs to come to the awakening that this is the way.  Acceptance is faced once being honest about the science of the planetary path of succession.   This is a decline of complexity.

 

The planet is in succession with ecosystems but also the human ecosystem we call civilization.  The individual has to be awakened to this reality to find acceptance.  He must be honest that technology and efficiency suffer diminishing returns eventually so technology will not save us.  We are near this point and this is expressed by the fact most all technologies have draw backs.  This is a “hole digging” reality.  There are limits to efficiency that are more than cost benefit analysis they also represent lifestyle decline.  The modern man is destroying himself in many ways by hyper efficiency.  Globalism is one such effort.  If the individual is awakened to this reality of decline and limits he then sees the carbon trap and path dependencies that limit civilization’s advance of progress.  Progress is now on an undulating plateau of growth and decline.  Decline is winning.

 

This acceptance of the macro leads to acceptance in the micro for the individual.  The individual will reflect on these macro limits to adjust his local of people and place.  Keep in mind the trap the individual is in is both macro and micro.  The macro is obvious if civilization is in decline so is the individual.  In the micro the situation is different.  The trap is one of dualism.  The individual is trapped in how far he can adapt away from this macro reality of a greater trap.  The individual is locked into the reality of interpersonal relationships where his significant others may not be awakened or care.  The individual must make money and pay for things to survive so he must use the trap to adapt to the trap.  The local is delocalized by globalism.  Often is the case resources we rely on are outsourced globally.  So the individual must deal with his own limitations and those of his greater community he lives in.

 

If the individual is honest about the science of this then he will take steps to adapt locally by green prepping.  Preparing for shocks that are possible and probably in the future because of decline and delocalization is one adaptation.  The individual will then reflect on the macro of a planet and our human civilization in succession and decline in place.  Meaning is found in this activity of decline that is normally demeaning.   Shrinking in decline is offset by finding spiritual meaning.  Spiritual meaning comes from embracing the way of the planet in green caring.  Acceptance is the key to this transformation that allows vigorous activity.  Keep in mind this is not a transcendence because we are all trapped even the awakened.  This spiritual awakening does not take the place of your existing higher power.  It is an add on to this.  You can be Christian, Buddhist, or atheist and still go REAL Green.  REAL Green is about a realistic approach to risk management and the reasons for it.  Acceptance is the turning point and trigger to activity that is fortified with spiritual meaning.

 

There is no place in REAL Green for paralysis.  If you probe the truth then you will go forth on its behalf once you have been awakened.  You will face the abstract death of decline and decay with micro growth in localized niches.  Ecosystem decline of planetary succession is a destructive change but one that frees up niches as complexity breaks down.  Micro climes of growth are available to those who are aware of places where constructive change can take place.  To find these niches requires awareness and orientation.  To get to awareness and orientation takes acceptance of this decline process and the understanding of the individual’s local trap of people and place.  You can only do so much.  You are defined by your local.

 

Know your limitations.  Some can go much further than others.  Some will be called on to be modern shamans of change.  Shamanism is as old as intelligent humans and was primarily an individual the tribe looked to for spiritual guidance.  In modern times you can be a spiritual guide to this process for others to orientate.  You can possess the force of the planet’s way.  This is a subtle power for those who are awakened and it will guide you to proper and successful action.  What this means is when you orientate to the planet it will assist you.  Some can take this much further than others because they have education and resources.

 

Be one of these planetary warriors if you can.  If you can’t then help those who can.  Touch your local with this power and see the transformation.  Do this in humility because this power is lost when used for selfish reasons.  Humility should also come for acceptance of decline.  No matter how much of this power you possess you are still at the mercy of your local of people and place.  A community that is not sustainable and resilient will take you down too.  This is why you should get out of a bad place if you can and migrate to a place with a future.  If you can’t then fortify what you have and do this in acceptance of decline, decay and even death.  The truth is the ultimate motivator of the enlighten human.  This is the truth because this is the way of the planet.  Reject the human narrative of manifest destiny and embrace a humanity in harmony with the way of the planet.  Do this relatively to your local of people and place and your spirituality of your higher power.  These are your limits so accept them and then go forth on the planet’s behalf.

Offsetting

Instead of attacking offsetting we need to attack the idea there is a solution to begin with.  Many people that attack offsetting deny there is a carbon trap and path dependencies.  They want to enjoy some of the benefits of capitalism but attack capitalism.  These incongruities are everywhere and they have to do with the underlying narrative of growth but also degrowth.  It is clear growth cannot be greened much but the environmental movement says it can and dramatically.  Growth cannot be greened except around the margins.  Degrowth cannot be green either at least in how many believe.  If you degrowth a system you introduce abandonment, dysfunction, and irrational forces of destructive change.  This is a dirty process and much is lost.  There will also be constructive forces but not enough to offset the destructive change.  In the current world that is carbon trapped and path dependent dramatic degrowth cannot work.  In a world in overshoot with population and consumption degrowth cannot avoid causing widespread pain.

 

Degrowth is an endgame of decline and collpase.  It is likely the only way forward so if it is chosen then it will need to be strictly managed unless the decision is made to disenfranchise large amounts of people quickly which is very dangerous.  Species survivability is directly related to the degree and duration of a shock.  Systems bifurcate and their productivity craters when destructive change is introduces.  Offsetting is one way within the trap that is “on the margin” constructive change.  It may fail to do what it is meant to do but the reality is offsetting is something.  This decline process is only going to be manage around the margins.  If acceptance is front and center part of this process of decline then real change can be accomplished but the change is still decline, poverty, and pain.  There is no way to avoid these things

 

Currently growth and degrowth with constructive and destructive change is operating together.  There are many positive and negatives of both processes.  It takes acceptance of decline to properly manage both.  Instead the policy with both growthers, degrowthers, and environmental new dealers is denial of decline and collapse.  Of course, many are in acceptance of decline but they have to hide their true beliefs for reason of policy or affiliation.  If a prominent environmentalist admits to decline and failure then he will have to join a new group.  This polarization is everywhere.  If you are a collapsenik you are regulated to the fringe of the discussion.  You are treated as a nutter in many circles.

 

Offsetting is one way to get something done that allows constructive growth to mitigate destructive growth.  Degrowthers can use it effectively by using growth to leave growth.  There is a surreal degree of relativity here.  Entropic decay and decline must be mitigated with growth but it requires more.  The more is the behavioral shift of failure ahead.  It is the crew of the sinking ship shifting from damage control to dropping lifeboats and administering palliative care for those who will not find space on the life boats.  The ship’s crew is doing something not nothing so they are using activity to prepare for loss.

 

For you as an individual you can go local with a proper scale and embrace acceptance of decline.  Embrace what the planet is showing us.  The planet will support you.  This happens by joining the planet’s force.  The top is growth dependent and growth trapped.  The top is not going to change until it is too late.  Nor can it change much without cascading failures.  These will come eventually anyway.

 

In the meantime, as an individual you can green prep.  Green prepping is embracing resilience and sustainability in relative decline.  Utilize growth to leave it.  Downsize with dignity by embracing the spiritual wealth that comes from the truth.  Meaning is a motivator even faced with the ugly truth.  Declining into localism is where the green comes in.  Relocate with both people and place.  The wrong people are as bad as the wrong place.  If you can’t then make your stand by fortifying so when the bad comes you at least have made your peace with it.  If you can then create your doomstead.  Find a community that can come together in positive change within forces of destructive change.  The planet shows us this can be done.  Succession frees up local niches that allow growth within overall destructive change of a complexed system.  Embrace the way of the planet and it will assist you.

 

“Offsetting”

Offsets

 

“Sometimes you really need to take a flight. Even though you are all-too aware of the toll that flying exerts on the environment. If only there were a way to make up for that damage, to get along in this economy without doing harm.  This dilemma between environmental and economic necessities is what environmental offsetting attempts to solve. The basic premise behind offsetting is intuitive and appealing: that you can counteract a loss with a gain. Environmental offsetting schemes have been widely adopted by governments and corporations over the last three decades, most commonly in the form of carbon or biodiversity offsets, which seek to counteract carbon emissions and habitat loss, respectively, by investing in environmentally beneficial projects. They operate in many different forms and at different scales, from the little check box that lets you offset the emissions of your flight, to multinational forestry projects funded by mining and oil companies.  Offsetting’s appeal is in its simplicity, allowing us to redress some of the harm done by our activity on the planet without throwing too big a wrench in the economy, but this same simplicity is also its downfall. While offsetting projects can include worthwhile environmental work, the very idea of like-for-like exchange is premised on a logic that falls short in the face of the unique ecosystems and meaningful places that make up the world we live in. This is a world that is much more complicated, dynamic, and alive than what is accounted for by offsetting schemes.”

Diminishing Returns and REAL Green

Diminishing returns eventually goes non-linear.  Jevon’s Paradox points to path dependencies found in the human nature of consumption.  At some point real sacrifices will be called for if green honesty is truly embraced.  Modern life can only be greened up so much.  There is a limit to green affluence especially within a trend of mass affluence in the modern era of large populations.  Economist will tell us of decoupling of growth and resource use but reality tells a different story.  There is likely room for marginal improvement.  Basic conservation of individuals actions found in eating, electricity use, and leisure can be had.

 

Modern lifestyle itself can only be reformed so much.  Much of this reform is put on the backs of technology.  It is clear technology often shifts or offloads consumption problems elsewhere.  Financialization and economics shifts production to low cost countries and more affluent countries claim a decoupling when this is not the case.  Real change requires real sacrifice.  Going electric transport is not real sacrifice but not driving is.  Food waste is a problem of managing eating but also what we eat.  The houses we live in are a big factor to consumption and where we live.  This points to behavior-based change that leads to real change but to a point because the trap covers all activities.  Using technology to clean up behavior just moves problems around and deceives people to thinking they are green further reducing the conservation effect.  Accepting a trap allows a knowing of real limitations.  REAL Green is ultimately limit based.

 

It appears the planet will drive conservation.  Resource depletion and ecosystem decline are limiting modern trends.  Disruption of stable climate will drive destructive change.  This points to a trap that is behavior based as well as resource based.  Humans are carbon trapped but instead feel they can transcend this carbon trap through technology.  We can reduce our carbon drenched lives but not enough.  This then points to the central narrative of humans which is survival.  It also points to honesty of an eventual decline and or collpase that is inevitable.  Do we embrace honesty or is an enlightened deception of green technology better?  We are talking real pain and suffering ahead either way.  We can go reduced carbon and pay a price or we can go business as usual and pay a price.  If both lead to failure which is better?  If we are openly honest that either way a decline and collpase is ahead then what results is who cares.  How do we learn to live with this inevitability of decline and collpase?

 

REAL Green calls for an individual to scale and focus on what is immediate in our local of people and place.  This comes from honesty and acceptance of the narrative driving modern human civilization is lost any way it heads.  This acceptance then turns into a green prepping exercise of downsizing and collapsing in place.  The physical sacrifice it made up for by meaning found through honesty and a more resilient living.  Resilience and sustainability are survival based but also improve planetary health.  This is not going to affect the big picture.  This is true even if millions embraced this lifestyle. Remember there is only a marginal amount of green activity that can be squeezed from modern life that is characterized by over consumption plus over population.  Yet, you can make a key difference in your microclimate of your local.  You can see concrete results of improving your environment under your feet.

 

You will have to approach this relatively because you are trapped in the surreal of a delocalized local with people and significant others trapped in path dependencies of modern living.  Nobody can escape the carbon trap of the Anthropocene.  Yet, you can do your part and find increased safety by lowering your footprint.  The reason this action of declining in place is a valid life system is this is what the planet is doing.  The planet is in succession so you too should be in succession.  Fighting decline is futile when that is what the planet is doing.  Embracing succession will help ensure you can find a niche in destructive change to allow constructive change.  This is the nature of ecology.  Embrace this over a cultural narrative that promotes efficiency of more for less affluence.  This decline lifestyle is for the awakened and being awakened is a privilege of education and the nurturing.  The awakened must be humbled to this calling because they have been chosen by the planet not the other way round.  We don’t treat the planet right.  The planet treats us right.  Remember that when you make your decisions.

 

“What a Milk Carton Can Tell Us”

What a Milk Carton Can Tell Us

“are all examples showing why overall reduction in resources use or emissions (absolute decoupling) through substitution and efficiency is a pipe dream in a growth economy. Those are all real world examples, but one can also ascertain that from a purely theoretical standpoint that total resource use is bound to increase in a growth economy. I have explained this earlier but will have another try in a coming post.”

Permaculture Green Prepping

I will mention what I am doing in regards to green prepping.  Keep in mind the template can be applied to your unique local of people and place.  The basics of green prepping is localism.  This localism is shaped by strategies to increase resilience but also improve on the planet within your microclimate.  I call it a microclimate because it is your unique place you can shape.  If you green prep it you will have something different than your surroundings generally because so few people green prep.  I do permaculture grazing but you can be a gardener or also a carpenter.  A community is many things find your specialty but also learn diverse skills that enhance security for survival in a crisis.  Your unique place can be shaped by green prepping specific and general   Remember be REAL about it which means realistic to your limitations.  Your limitations are the trap you have to respect and negotiate.

 

The key is behavior behind what you do.  This behavior accepts a macro shift in the planetary ecosystem of the Anthropocene.  It is now in decline or better a succession from complex to less complex.  Tap into that with your local and your personal life. This is about finding constructive change within a world in destructive change.  Below I am explaining my permaculture situation and the tension between the status quo of turning a profit and the goal of green prepping of becoming more resilient at the same time you improve your surroundings.  Be prepared to be disappointed because the journey is a tough one.  Yet, you will find a meaning not found in the status quo.  This meaning is from the planet not civilization.  The land under your feet will guide you.  Acceptance opens your mind and soul.  Decline and succession then becomes a journey of meaning instead of only a life of consumerism in decline.

 

I am doing a permaculture rotational grazing with multispecies on fields that are polycultures.  This is combined with a personal effort at green prepping.  How this works is I am REAL Green (realistic) efforts at lowering my footprint by scaling locally but realistically.  I incorporate conservation strategies in my life at every level I can in a relative way to what I can get to work.  I try to go as far as possible but there are limits.  Economic survival is a key but also adaptability of my local of people and place.  I am also prepping for a decline process.  Permaculture localism is an essential part of a prep portfolio.  If you are more resilient and sustainable you are more protected to a crisis.

 

REAL Green is also a spiritual approach to the land with respect for the planet by enhancing wildlife on the farm and within the grazing system.  This is done by lower stocking rates that allow and even enhance wildlife.  I am also doing restoration efforts on land dedicated to wildlife that serves as recreational land for extended family.  REAL Green is also about animal respect.  This is difficult because an operation has to make money so a balance has to be made to respect animal welfare and make money to cover costs.  Keep in mind I am considered a hobby farm because I am not making enough to live on.  My stocking rate are too low.  That is the key variable.  Higher stocking rates mean more profit but lower benefit to people, animals, and the land.  I am living off past investments to cover my costs.  My operation covers its cost but does not support me.  My labor is free.

 

The key part of this is I am green prepping.  I am scaling local with garden, orchard, grapes, animals, wood lot, and natural forage both animal and plant.  I don’t hunt but there are great wildlife resources here if I needed food.  There is lots of natural plant forage.  The way this enhances my prepping is I have the animals in the field that can be made into  food.  I grass fed cows and goats are greener than feed lot meat but I am raising calves and kids.  The calves will end up as replacement stock but the steers go to feedlots.  I have no control over this.  This multispecies mix is the best for managing a polyculture of grass, weeds and brush.  This greatly lowers the need for mechanical and chemical pasture management.  I have learned to live with invasives.  In fact, I need some of them for the goats.  The cattle mange the grasses that the goats eat less of.

 

My goats are registered Kiko breeding stock.  These are meat goats.  I make a big effort to find homes for as many animals as I can.  I can always find homes for the females but not all the males.  They go to the sale barn as meat goats.  I have 4 Anatolian shepherds that are also our pets.  I have no indoor pets because dogs are expensive.  These are working dogs and pets.  If the world were to collpase they could serve as guard dogs around the house.

 

I gather solar energy with a solar system and also wood biomass from forest management of dead and dying trees.  I make square bale hay with a small HP tractor and baler.  I have one field dedicated for custom large round bales I can’t justify the equipment to do the big stuff.  This hay field offers the animal an alternative habitat.  It is surrounded by wild pasture both polyculture and some fields that were put into native grasses that now dominate.

 

The long story of this effort is you need to be able to support yourself to do green prepping permaculture. I am at the limits of time and money.  There is never enough of both to do what you want so the triage of priorities rules.   Permaculture green prepping is good for people, animals, and land.  It focuses on local.  I combine multiple efforts into one effort of green prepping of a lower footprint and increased security.  This is hard work with lots of small efforts of moving animals and biomass.  It is low return.  It is often uncomfortable.  It is difficult to find people to do work so I do many low value jobs.  Yet, at the end of a month I can look at the summation of the effort and see good results for all.

 

I am saying this because industrial agriculture is needed to support you if you choose to only farm.  I am not commenting on the 3rd world which is another place and issue.  I am talking to the rich westerner who wants to be green and prep for a decline process.  This is hard rewarding work that offer spiritually meaning.  It is not the comfort of a gated community near the beach with golf and sun.  It is with the extremes of weather, bugs and thorns, hard labor of animals and biomass.  I feel it is the future of declining in place with activities that are better scaled.  If SHTF I have something.  I have a deep pantry, full freezer, and long shelf life food. My extended family have a place to go if the cities become dangerous. I recommend this life to some who can and respect those who can’t.  It has humbled me to life and enriched my spirt.

Nature’s Way

“We haven’t developed a culture out of touch or harmony with nature. We ARE nature in all its beautiful, brutal, messy, complexity.”

 

I often try to relate in my realgreenadaptation.blog that nature “IS” but humans debate her and personify her.  We act as though we can control our destiny when our destiny is nature’s “Way”.  What is occurring now with humans is natural.  Evolution and extinction go hand in hand.  Humans are an evolutionary extinction species meaning nature follows this path and we have been chosen to this end.  It is already too late to change this so embrace it.  An attitude of nothing matters because all is lost is what the ego does when presented with a trap.  Accept and adapt to the tap accordingly.   The best way to adapt to the trap is locally.  Scale locally and Nature will help you.  It is about moving away from human overshoot from delocalization.  We are trapped in this existential danger but we can avoid making it worse.  Localism is the key and relativity of adaptation.  Unique locals have their own characteristics so tap into that to know how much change can be affected.

 

Humans are just an expression of nature doing what life does.  We separate ourselves in the duality of the ego individually and collectively.  Nature is in succession and the planet in flux.  Civilization will likely not adapt to this because the needed adaptation is so extreme and beyond human capabilities and besides it is outside human efforts now.  The process has tipped and driven by forces beyond human input.  Even well-meaning Ecco souls are deluded because they are fighting succession.

 

I point to individual and local efforts in acceptance.  Acceptance of a collpase process and acceptance that civilization cannot and will not adapt.  I do not know what is ahead but I can see enough through honest science of social sciences and physics to see civilization is following a nonnegotiable gradient of decline.  While we can shape this decline around the edges an abrupt change of course is out of our hands.  If the individual embraces this fate he is following nature’s way.  He then can accept succession as natural.  You stop putting an angry face on it.  You stop acting as though Nature is like the grey-haired guy looking down on us in judgement and damnation that religion has presented humans with for centuries.  You embrace decline and adapt accordingly as this is the “Way”.  It is sacred and is.

 

This is not to say you don’t make an effort to change things you just means test the motives behind your actions.  One big behavioral change is going from bargaining and anger to acceptance.  Once in acceptance you go forth on Natures behalf in a spiritual journey of meaning.  Truth is the ultimate path of the enlightened human this appears to be the truth.  This naturally becomes a local effort scaled to people and place immediately around you.  The main reason this happens is once in acceptance the idea of collective change is given up on but change locally with people and place takes on new meaning.

 

Lifeboats and hospices become the motivation.  Restoration and renewal locally are very much possible and the reason being in succession creative change occurs within an overall condition of destructive change.  Niches are freed up for those who adapt.  If you are a green climate warrior talking about vast Green New Deals then you are not scaled.  You are still bargaining.  If you are invested in this mentality at least focus on the wisdom of scale.  Civilization is in its own succession with economy and socio-political change.  We can create more renewables and less fossil fuel energy but don’t think for a moment this will save us.  Honest physics is telling us this is not scalable.

 

Honest behavior should tell us humans have a difficult time with acceptance.  Denial of death is a fundamental mental condition of the modern ego.  Break out of the fear of the fear of death in all its forms.  Embrace death without transcending it in delusions. This means embrace the pain.  Accept Natures “Way”.  Go forth on her behalf and transform your local of people and place.  Accept there is no transcendence of the carbon trap humans are in.  Accept path dependencies of humans committed to tech, prosperity, and comfort.  Accept that the green washing of this behavior contaminates even the most well meaning green.  REAL Green says green prep as a way to lower you Ecco footprint and prepare for a way of life that will end maybe slowly maybe quickly and more likely both.  The both means there are locals that will end quickly and others that will have staying power.  Find the ones that are survivable and if you can leave those with no future.  The time is near.

 

“Our power comes from acting without escape from our pain”

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-07-30/our-power-comes-from-acting-without-escape-from-our-pain/

 

“That is not doomism, it is paying attention. In particular, it is paying attention to all of the sciences and evidence before us. Aiming for the best while preparing for the worst has always been complementary. Preparing for potential societal collapse does not mean we pay less attention to cutting and drawing down carbon. To consider that societies may collapse is not giving up, but opening up to a necessary agenda. The concept and framework called ‘deep adaptation’ has now spawned a community of people who are exploring what anticipating collapse means for them and their communities. It is a necessary conversation that has developed separately from Extinction Rebellion and largely word-of-mouth, away from the headlines. From both personal experience and new research, it is becoming clear that people are being creative and courageous in how they respond to this situation.”

REAL Green Doom and Denial

The issue is primarily one of behavior and attitudes.  It really is important to differentiate doom and denial.  In fact, it is of the highest concern and the reason being this condition is a journey to acceptance like the Kubler Roth of grief.  If the journey is one of an optimistic end this is quite different than a journey in acceptance to and end game of physical and spiritual mortality.  The other issue is the definition of doom and collpase.  This is a process with localized realities.  Not all places or systems will necessarily collpase the same or even maybe at all.  Maybe all will collpase or not.  There might be the Byzantium after Rome.  This is not ours to know this is the sacred.

 

A journey in acceptance will embrace palliative care.  There will be triage of behaviors that hinder acceptance and damage the journey.  It is highly important acceptance is achieved because humans are in a carbon trap but more importantly path dependent by existing structures and behavior.  If triage and creative destruction is going to occur with a higher level of adapted behavior achieving more valuable mitigation than acceptance is vital.  Morale is of the highest concern here.  This is a journey into the unknow but with pessimistic end.  We can make this an optimistic pessimism with proper morale of acceptance.  Necessary sacrifices can be made when proper orientation is achieved.  Trap dynamics take proper strategy or the trap becomes deeper.  Good behaviors are diminished if a wrong orientation is taken.

 

Those who fight now thinking they can affect change are still bargaining.  They are angry and they are prone to depression and isolation.  This is a bad combination of the negatives of denial driven action for a positive end.  The other issue is the planet and the web of life.  If the journey is going to be supported then we need the assistance of the planet and the web of life.  This occurs by following and emulating them in their journey of succession.  There must not be a separation from the planetary way or power is lost.  They are in succession and there is an ongoing extinction event.  They will support the journey by showing the way.  There is connectivity to a planetary process not the alternative of an engineer trying to force a change that is not possible.  Fighting a current is much different than harnessing a current.  The final issue is the spiritual dimension.  The journey to doom accepting a collapse process is one of pain, suffering in increasing poverty.  This is physical and mental and includes people and place in decline.  Spiritually there can be increased satisfaction in finding meaning in this.  The spiritual dimension can make up significantly the doom deficit that is a necessary outcome of this journey.

 

Now comes the surreal part.  The journey I speak about is for the awakened.  Not all humans can be awakened.  Not all systems and networks can be managed for a doom journey.  This points to a spiritual bifurcation.  The awakened should outfit the ark and build the monasteries.  Those in denial can continue to create the things needed to outfit the ark and build the monasteries.  Growth is needed to outfit degrowth.  The awakened must follow a tight rope of living in growth to leave it.  They must embrace paradoxes and incongruous juxtapositions.  They will become the seeds that will offer the wisdom that will be needed for the new world this journey of doom is sailing for.  They will be the elders to advise the next generation on what needs to be done.  They will have collected the goods needed.  They will have sorted, organized and means tested the tools for this new world.  This is why the journey is so critical.  A journey of denial to a positive end will not affect the same change as the journey of doom.  So, this is also a human acceptance that some can journey to doom and others can’t.  There is not either or but a bee hive of activity with some being the workers.  The planet choses who is who.  This then is also the acceptance of those choosing denial.  It is inevitable and in fact vital some choose denial.  They will be the workers building things those who embrace reality will need.

 

This then points to two different worlds and this can only be achieved locally and in small groups.  The reason for this is the cultural narrative for so many people to survive in the here and now cannot be maintained with doom.  There must be a reason to slug on with sometimes vile and painful activity.  There is going to inevitably be physical and spiritual inequality and some are fated to die in this process.  This is a life boat situation and also needs hospice care.  We can’t save all and all can’t be allowed to make the journey.  There must be a situation where some chosen to harness growth and the majority trapped in the denial of doom.  This is  so the chosen  can transport the Grail of Wisdom to the new world.  This is not transcendence but instead a spiritual transformation only a few can attain.  This then requires humility of the chosen that they are following the way.  They are the Jedi who embrace the force.  They are leading the way in the shadows.  They are heroic in sacrifice and humble in the power they attain from following the way of the planet.

 

 

 

“Doom or denial: Is there another path?”

Doom or denial: Is there another path?

 

“The nub of the controversy is this: some folks involved in Extinction Rebellion think that Bendell is being too fatalistic, thereby discouraging his followers from taking actions that might still save civilization and global ecosystems. Bendell, in his response, accuses his critics of ignoring evidence and misrepresenting his views… My conclusion, after years of studying environmental research literature, is that some form of societal collapse is indeed highly probable this century, depending on how we define “collapse.” Quite a few environmental scientists with whom I’m acquainted agree with this assessment. With regard to climate change, the problem is not that global warming has already proceeded too far to be reined in (on that point I am agnostic: I agree with the XR authors that the science is not yet settled, and they make some good points in this regard); rather, it’s that the things we would have to do to minimize climate change would undermine industrial societies by other means. That last statement requires some substantiation.  The only realistic way to minimize climate change is to stop burning fossil fuels; and, in my judgment, there is no way to do that without shrinking energy usage and therefore economic activity… So, one way or another, we must accept economic degrowth. However, we don’t know how to degrow our economy controllably, particularly in the context of a massive global debt bubble. Moreover, the structures of representative democracy which respond to the short-term concerns of the electorate, make planning for degrowth even harder… In sum, we have created a fundamentally unsustainable way of living. In recent decades, as more problems have arisen, we have learned to rely on fossil-fueled economic growth to solve them, but now growth is just making those problems worse, and we have no other plan… One way of responding is to redefine collapse. Past civilizations have collapsed, and usually the process took two or three centuries and eventually led to some sort of renaissance. We see similar cycles of buildup and release in ecosystems (resilience scientists describe this universal tendency in terms of the adaptive cycle.)… Collapse needn’t imply that nearly everybody dies at once, or that the survivors become wandering cannibals. Rather, it means our current institutions will fail to one degree or another and we will have to find alternative ways to meet basic human needs—ways that are slower, smaller in scale, and more local. Even if we can’t altogether avert the release phase of the adaptive cycle we’re in, it may be within our power to modify how release and reorganization occur. Perhaps, if we think of collapse in these terms, accepting its near-inevitability won’t be so debilitating… Can we mentally accept that the odds are stacked against us, yet still act sanely and vigorously? That’s a question that has dogged me for some time. I believe clues leading to an answer may come from a realm of psychology known as Terror Management Theory—which Bendell discusses in Deep Adaptation’s founding document, “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy.”… Knowledge of death creates a psychological conflict between our self-preservation instinct and our knowledge of our own eventual demise, and we as a species have gone to great lengths to overcome that conflict. This, according to Terror Management Theory, explains a wide array of cultural beliefs and institutions that explicitly or implicitly promise immortality—including, but not limited to, religious teachings and rituals… Meanwhile, here’s a bit of advice to the XR critics of DA: go easy. Despite its questionable tendency toward worst-case fixation, DA nevertheless provides a support system within which people can undertake the inner work entailed in facing the reality of the great unraveling that is upon us. While that inner work shouldn’t become an end in itself, thereby subverting effort toward minimizing harm to ecosystems and human communities, it is nevertheless a necessary stage in moving beyond denial… warrior obligation, but to act without thought of self or attachment to outcome.  Similarly, those of us with awareness of the crises ahead must understand that action will have largely unknowable consequences. We find ourselves drawn to a role simply by the fact of our awareness; however, our awareness is incomplete. Despite that limitation, it’s up to us to play our role in the defense of nature and humanity as cleanly and selflessly—and as effectively—as possible.”

Green Prep the world of Growth

There is a surreal divide between the macro and micro of the social narrative these days.  Increasingly at the micro level awakened individuals are embracing a decline process as their basis of meaning.  Alternatively, at the macro level the status quo continues to push a normality of growth.  The latest pandemic crisis has only been a bump in the thinking with talk of different shaped recoveries.  I tend to acknowledge both views but compartmentalized.  The compartmentalization is based upon reality.

 

The reality of the awakened individual is based on honest science with a common sense view of the world.  Look around and decline is everywhere.  Planetary systems are disturbed from stasis from the normal human experience of the last many centuries.  The web of life is in succession with extinctions and localized ecosystem failure.  Overall, the global ecosystem is in decline seen with oceans, rainforest, and the high arctic.

 

The reality found in the global narrative of civilization is mixed with acknowledgement of various declines but with an undertone of techno optimism.  There are the Green New deals for carbon issues.  There is a feeling population growth will stabilize and be accompanied with sustainable development.  There seems to be a collective survival and growth instinct that permeates any discussion.  Collpase talk is almost always moderated or dismissed.  This leaves it to awakened individuals to lead the way with strategies for mitigation and adaptation to a reality of planetary and life web declines.

 

REAL Green is eclectic on the subject.  It embraces decline and this is both with a quick and a process decline.  In a deeper look REAL Green sees an overall decline process with localized failures.  This is mirrored by the global ecosystem.  The awakened individual is embracing the planet for their reality.  REAL Green is eclectic because it realizes the individual, though awakened, is trapped in the Anthropocene of human growth.  This macro human narrative is one of growth and survival.  It can be no other way or the whole basis of maintaining our species fails.  Confidence is liquidity and it takes economic activity to feed people.  If the dominant narrative were one of decline and collpase economic activity would crater and the Ponzi of human civilization implode.

 

I say Ponzi because current human narrative is of continued growth but on a finite planet.  This is incongruous and represents a collective neurosis.  Nonetheless REAL Green embraces this collective neurosis as reality and uses it to leave it.  Growth is used to degrowth.  Growth activity is maintained for survival but focused on green activity and prepping for decline.  REAL Green calls this green prepping.  Preppers get a bad rap but green prepping is different.  It is the natural combination of sustainability and resilience with the focus on localism and degrowth.  This results in increased resilience and sustainability and equates to a lower planetary footprint.

 

REAL Green achieves this through behavior first.  The retreat is a retreat in force.  It acknowledged death of things and possible early mortality.  It uses this behavioral honesty to focus on a journey with a lifeboat of things and a hospice of behavior.  Palliative care for those who will be lost and example setting for those who will need guidance for the difficult journey into decline.  This poverty of things is made up by a spiritual windfall.  Meaning in the pursuit of the truth makes up for the Spartan of an ascetic life in the difficult world of low carbon capture.  Localism and low carbon living are both harder in regards to comfort and difficult to maintain in this world of hyper capitalism.  So, the collpase process becomes the lubrication for green prepping that ultimately leads the individual to a lower planetary footprint in an increased resilience and sustainability to local shocks.  The individual cannot transcend collpase but they can adapt and mitigate the process and be better prepared for the event when they come as they surely will.

 

 

Business-as-Usual Porn – or, We Need to Talk about Collapse

Business-as-Usual Porn – or, We Need to Talk about Collapse

“I think we need to talk openly and calmly about the possibility of societal or civilizational collapse arising from humanity’s present predicaments. And that’s mostly what I want to pursue in this post – not so much what the likelihood or the underlying mechanisms of collapse might be, but the idea that it would be useful if, as a society, we could talk about it.  Maybe that’s happening in one sense. The noises offstage from scientists, multilateral agencies, social critics and political activists about the possibility of collapse are getting louder1. Inevitably, so is the pushback from those arguing that this is so much overheated rhetoric, and everything’s just fine2. My sense is that there’s far greater empirical weight behind the former than the latter position, but it’s the latter one that seems to dominate public discourse. There’s precious little public and media attention to the rather big news that the way we live may soon be ending. Indeed, people who say such things are generally relegated from serious debate, and sometimes accused of peddling ‘collapse porn’ with their mawkish tales of impending doom3. It’s a curious phrase. Inasmuch as pornography presents people with something that they guiltily want to see, but in unrealistic and idealized ways that hide the reality of the relationships involved and erode their integrity, perhaps we should rather be talking about ‘business as usual porn’.”

Leverage Low Carbon Capture

Leverage low carbon capture to make your odyssey to planetary justice.  This is primarily behavioral so it applies to anyone.  I call this REAL Green and it is an add on so it is a supplement to your existing life system.  It attempts to insert planetary responsibility into an individual’s life of people and place.  It does this relatively because locals of people and place are unique.  The relativity is related to degree of change allowed.  All humans are trapped in the Anthropocene so the degree of change allowed varies by people and place.  To expect more than limits allow is just setting oneself up for failure.

 

The reason I mention this is because low carbon capture of green prepping is part of the advanced stages of REAL Green.  These stages are when a person has become an expert in knowing himself and mastering many green prepping skills.  He has made his move to a proper local to build his homestead.  This is where his monastery of best practices, REAL Green tools, and library of knowledge will be housed.  The REAL Green homestead is a natural place where knowledge meets the dirt so to speak.  Low carbon capture is the primary activity. Gardens, Animals, biomass heat and renewables are vectors of low carbon capture.  REAL Green attempts to marry the old with the new in a hybridization to address the surreal of living between worlds.

 

If one can picture an 19th century family farm but with computers and solar panels then you start to get the picture.  The house is well insulated with an efficient wood boiler for heat.  There are solar thermal tubes to heat water.  There are animals in rotational grazing and chickens.  Hay is collected with low horsepower equipment and wood harvested in sustainable wood lots.  Nature is accommodated in this arrangement by restorative practices.  All this is cemented by an individual’s localism of people and place.  This is done relatively because the status quo world is delocalized.  In other words, it requires driving but a greatly reduced driving is a key REAL Green behavior.  Money has to be made to pay bills.  There are status quo responsibilities that just can’t be avoided without causing a disturbance to the local of people and place.  That said a young person without attachments who can should take this localization much further and minimize technology.  I am talking about my life so this is why my REAL Green has more tech.

 

The leverage part is mentioned because low carbon capture is not a profitable activity.  In most cases low carbon capture of garden, animals, biomass, and solar will have to be done in addition to what is done in your fossil fuel trap.  This can be seen as a hobby farm but that is deceptive because REAL Green is a way of life added on to your existing life system of meaning.  What REAL Green attempts to do is take the green activity and glean out spiritual satisfaction.  One needs to understand low carbon capture means less affluence.  You cannot expect to make money off these activities most of the time it is a money sink or breaks even.  Your green prepping life can’t compete with the high energy status quo in regards to profit and time.  You are going to spend more time and make less money.  Yet, the results can be an amazing spiritual awakening of planetary connection.  This involves green prepping too which offers satisfaction of an increased degree of security.  A REAL Green will be prepped for shocks because he will be naturally more resilient and sustainable.

 

The leverage part then is about finding ways to have a REAL Green life within the status quo.  In my case I am the semiretired caretaker of the family farm. I say semiretired because I do more physical work now than I did in my status quo career.  I am doing natural restoration for the family which in their case means more hunting and fishing opportunities.  I also am utilizing my fossil fuel nest egg built up over years of working my status quo career to construct my REAL Green monestary.  I am taking time and money and investing them in REAL Green instead of status quo toys or a place by the beach.  The leverage is finding a way to use the status quo to leave it.  Find a way to live low carbon capture in the name of a smaller planetary footprint that fits your status quo trap.

 

You may at times feel strange because you will be doing things that don’t add up in the status quo world.  In some ways you will be living a paradox of right is wrong and wrong is right.  You will be rejecting the modern status quo narrative of affluence but in a relative way.  You will have to live it but adapt it.  Some can go much further but I am writing to those who are established.  I am in my mid 50’s so if I were to take this too far family would suffer.  Keep in mind REAL Green starts with acceptance first of human failure so the motive is adapted failure of humankind.  In other words, palliative care. This also means life boats for survival.  Less failure is possible for the individual with his significant others and his local of place in green prepping.  The result is a better local.  The planet will reward this behavior with support.  If you are awakened then you know what I am talking about.

 

“So You Want to Leave it All and Create a Community?”

So You Want to Leave it All and Create a Community?

 

“First, I would invest in self inquiry before moving anywhere. If you are escaping from something rather than pursuing a project, you may end up reproducing old dissatisfaction. Once you find yourself in a new situation you may start daydreaming about another life as an escape from the discomforts and challenges. So much empowerment comes from knowing your purpose and your capacities. If you have a dream, it is a better investment to put hundred percent into it in order to verify whether it is really what you want instead of moving to a community as an escape from temporary frustration and stagnation.  Second, it is worth spending some time in at least one community…By seeing what you like and dislike about the experience you will be better equipped to define your own vision…After all this time spent on personnel inquiry and experiential learning, you are ready for the third step. This is probably the most difficult one because it goes against all the conditioning that has been skillfully put into our system. If you want to leave the system, you need to start with the inner work of questioning. Replacing the old with a new setting may actually turn out even worse. Imagine you wanted to escape the nonsense of being employed. If you reproduce a similar atmosphere and problems as you experienced in a job you hated, you risk to be in a similar situation and ask yourself what had been all this effort for. Not only this, you may not be able to numb and use the salary to compensate for your suffering…If we want to live a radically different life, we need to touch upon the beliefs and automatisms that serve the status quo. We need to address the core of who we are…”

REAL Green Decoupling

Decoupling issues are complicated but simple in the black and white. It can work at the local but it is doomed at the macro is the simple. The complicated is everything in between. At the local people can make great strides in going local with living and eating. They can avoid traveling which is one of the biggest factors in lowering one’s footprint. This is more than the energy used it is about the presence of the individual that builds community. There is no community when people are traveling out of the local. People can eat local which lower’s goods travel another huge savings to one’s footprint. They can downsize into a smart poverty of less satisfaction of material wants offset by more spiritual meaning that offers wonderful satisfaction.

 

At the macro the situation is far different. The globalized world is carbon trapped in path dependencies. These involve the production and distribution of goods but also the behavior of competitive cooperation. We agree to a game of competitive living. What has resulted is the current global system of economies of scale and comparative advantage driving value chains. These value chains are based on the only really solid variable in the competitive game and that is price and return with agreed to fiat currencies. This will not allow measurable decoupling because the global world is not onboard with the need to decouple. Many nations are more concerned with sustainable development or hegemonic development. These are just capitalism at is best/worst which is competitive production of goods and satisfaction of wants.

 

The green growth meme while worthy is caught up in the macro trap. It cannot be competitive unless it goes big with economies of scale. This is not green although it is greener than fossil fuels. We should pursue green growth but be honest about it. It is not green and it is not going to save us. The physics are not right and most of all the human behavior is very wrong. The biggest issue with why decoupling will not be meaningful is human behavior is not solidly behind it. If it were, we would be in a managed degrowth along with green growth but in an overall gradient of managed decline. IOW the world as a whole would be embracing relative poverty along with draconian efforts at population reductions. So, a combined consumption and procreation reduction with expanding material poverty. Be honest where in the world will that platform win votes!

 

This is why I promote REAL Green in my realgreenadaptation.blog. REAL Green is realistic green of the individual and small community. This is where one can relatively lower one’s footprint and find meaning in palliative care for the planet and the web of life. This is about lifeboats of things and hospices of behavior. The hospice revolves around acceptance of human failure. It recognizes we are trapped in limits of growth and at or near the inflection into forced planetary degrowth. IOW the planet is now driving degrowth and this means a randomness of decline with abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational found in turbulent degrowth.

 

It is at the local where humans scale and can make a difference. We are trapped at the macro but this does not mean all is lost at the macro. Green growth is legitimate for resilience and sustainability but the key point is green growth at the local is the real force that should be promoted. It is not promoted there because the economics are not good. Low carbon capture at the local does not add up like at the macro with huge projects. Low carbon capture is about food and biomass for heating too. It is about little things that add up to amazing things. It is also about tough work that needs to be done daily with little reward. This is where the spiritual payoff has to be found. Meaning can go a long way to making up for physical loss.

 

 

“Decoupling”

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-06-30/decoupling/

 

“Is economic growth compatible with ecological sustainability? To answer this question, we need to talk about decoupling. The term ‘decoupling’ refers to the possibility of detaching economic growth from environmental pressures…Green growth vs. degrowth     The debate on decoupling has two main sides. Proponents of “green growth” expect efficiency to enable more economic activity at a lower environmental cost; on the other hand, advocates of “degrowth” appeal to sufficiency, arguing that less goods and services is the surest road to ecological sustainability…For green growth advocates, decoupling is either inevitable or has not yet occurred because of lack of adequate policies and technological development. Degrowth proponents, however, argue that the reason why this long-awaited decoupling has not yet occurred is that because it is impossible. Here is a list of seven reasons why this is so:

  • Rising energy expenditures
  • Rebound effects
  • Problem shifting
  • The underestimated impact of services.
  • Limited potential of recycling.
  • Insufficient and inappropriate technological change
  • Cost shifting.

Decoupling should today be recognised as what it is, a figment of statistical imagination. This should prompt us to reframe the debate altogether: what we need to decouple is not economic growth from environmental pressure but prosperity and the good life from economic growth.”