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.”

REAL Green Degrowth

We must consider that managed degrowth is likely an impossible platform of change in regards to a political movement actively affecting change with broad support.  A degrowth platform of reflection is another story.  Degrowth as an academic reference is vital for growthers to reflect on.  True degrowth must start with behavior and with tech following.  If behavior is going to be adapted even around the margins than a proper degrowth “ism” need to be developed.  This means active behavioral changes make critical decisions of what tech to use in the abstract and theoretical.  It is important to realize the world is locked into the trap of growth by its nature so only some change can be affected.  Failure is the end game but a less failure should be the goal of a degrowther.

 

A degrowth system would be similar to what the Amish do when the restrict tech based upon its effect on the community.  Society is locked into a carbon trap with path dependencies of a car culture of growth.  Delocalization is the result.  Degrowthers should realize the planet will degrowth civilization and this will be done in a destructive way with abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational.  These forces of destructive change will be part of any degrowth managed or not but the destructive part can be mitigated with a managed process.  Management requires behavior first with decisions on the tech and networks following this behavioral leadership.  So the modern degrowther should focus on behavior as the beacon.

 

A critical area where degrowth can make a significant impact is at the local of people and place.  Individuals and small groups can embrace degrowth for reason of Green Prepping.  This means footprint reductions to increase resilience and sustainability in the face of shocks but also restoration of the planet at the local.  The key thing to understand here is a degrowther at the local individual level will have to participate in growth to survive.  What this means is a surreal of living with growth to leave it.  This takes a special mindset of triage.  Triage is a prioritization process.  So, a degrowther at the grassroots level will have to use growth to degrowth by triaging out destructive growth for the constructive.  The reason this approach must be taken is growth policies are firmly in charge and unmovably because of the nature of late stage capitalism and globalism.  Competitive cooperative nature of globalism make change to a cooperative with less competition almost impossible because of the ingrained nature of competition to achieve the best results to systems.  Price and performance are the new value.  This makes public good secondary to the private profit.

 

With this understood than the individual must see past this and understand this system will break down in a self-organizing way.  Growth cannot continue in a finite of limits.  The individual then embraces degrowth with growth.  This incongruous juxtaposition is a paradox.  You manage your degrowth with growth resources.  This takes a behavior of downsizing affluence and replacing the loss with Spiritual wealth of meaning because you are embracing poverty which is something alien to the status quo world of growth.  This means using tech that preps for decline.  It means embracing the old ways with the new in a hybridization that will require investment.  Low carbon capture of the old ways of permaculture was done in localism, seasonality, and intermittency.  To get to this point requires investments.  Investments require being part of the growth world but these investments are in systems and tech less affluent but more sustainable and resilient.  This is the poverty of it that yields the spiritual meaning of being prepped and greening of the planet.  This key point is the paradox of degrowth.  So, degrowth actually increases growth but the right kind of growth.  The right kind of growth will be what is left when the macro world of growth fails which is locked in anyway.

 

So, the proper behavior will focus on the right investments that eventually allow a lower footprint.  In the beginning of this process a managed “wise” growth is called for.  It can be called a realistic degrowth.  Efficiency is a key element but so is redundancy and slower living.   To get to this slower living will require efficiency until diminishing returns are hit.  These diminishing returns also must be defined differently and reflect the green of the planet and the prepping of the safety of the local of people and place instead of more performance at a cheaper price of the status quo.  Status quo efficiency is really price based and degrowth efficiency “adapted” value based.

 

So, in a nut shell this is an inflection of behavior that drives a new growth that is a cocoon of a coming metamorphosis.  The degrowth centered growth will be what is left when the other status quo growth is blown away by a decline process ultimately ending in collpase.  Multiple seeds will appear on the landscape where localism has been planted once the storm of change passes by.  A new degrowther will start with the acceptance of eventual collpase to begin his journey of growth based degrowth.  Realgreenadaptation.blog

Discouragement and Awakening

Green prepping is not for the faint at heart.  The principals of REAL Green can be applied to your life but there are trade-offs and consequences.  It operates relatively to your higher power of meaning.  What this means is you adapt relatively your positions to life with planetary realities.  The “prima facie” is the critical part.  It is the last stage of the stages of grief which is acceptance.  The acceptance is of the trap.  Know your limitations and from there start your journey.  This wisdom will govern your journey awakening that comes from acceptance of decline.  Decline is poverty that can only be enriched spiritually.  You will travel through life with a new lens of the surreal to navigate the incongruities.  You will discover paradoxes and juxtapositions because you will have to live in the status quo to leave it.

 

If you accept that the planet is in a decline process of succession plus civilization has peaked and in decline then you embrace this gradient.  This is an awakening because most are not part of this reality.  Instead of fighting the current you give into it.  What this means is embracing three important practices of the enlightened individual ascetism, stoicism, and Spartan lifestyles.  You do this in a relative way that embraces your local reality of people and place.  In respect to your local of people and place you accept there is limitations to how much you can change and what you can adapt.  There is no transcendence only transformation.  Transcendence of overcoming the trap is not obtainable and should not be pursued.  Since REAL Green is an add on this does not affect your metaphysical transcendence of your higher power.  This is strictly in regards to your foot print of life as it relates to the planet and your local.

 

This means since you are embracing the gradient of decline then you embrace denial of physical and psychological desires and instead seek out spiritual wealth.  This is the living a life of virtue in pursuit of human excellence over attaining physical affluence.  You still must produce and a degree of affluence must be pursued but this affluence must be reduced physically and increased spiritually for the REAL Green balance.  This is a subjective exercise but one that embraces the higher meaning of emulating planetary decline as the beacon.  A decline in place into localism lowering one’s footprint for the planet is the green but also strengthening the local of people and place through prepping.  This is the essence of Green Prepping of REAL Green.  The REAL Green of this way is to be realistic in acceptance.

 

You will be experiencing the surreal of incongruous juxtapositions and paradoxes by applying degrowth to growth.  You will be using growth to leave it.  This will mean you will dwell in the surreal of a world dedicated to working and paying bills that in reality is not resilient and sustainable.   You use this world to leave it.  You can’t decouple from this status quo world because the planet is now in the era of the Anthropocene.  You are trapped in this world and the acceptance of this forms you REAL Green wisdom.  This wisdom is of triage or prioritization that is a consequence of decline.  Wisdom of less of knowing what knowledge to keep and what to triage out of your life.  This Wisdom centers on managing tech most of all because the Anthropocene is a human technical world.  Try to minimize out this techno world.  Tech is the problem but also must be part of the solution since the world has been altered by the Anthropocene.  Your journey is to green this up with meaning.  You will be applying the old and the new in a hybridization.  You will do this because the Anthropocene has initiated planetary succession and succession means destructive change with niches forming that allow constructive change.  You are that constructive change niche in a world of destructive change.  Your local of people and place with Green Prepping is your vehicle that becomes your lifeboat

 

The discouragement part of REAL Green is important to the acceptance of your trap.  You will have to balance the discouragement of the spiritual with the material.  Permaculture of low carbon capture and localism does not bring a return typical of what one finds in the status quo.  Permaculture, home economics, and basic skills are essential for REAL Green but they also do not pay in the status quo of Amazon and service industries.  Economies of scale and just in time will outcompete permaculture and cottage industry every time.  You will be doing activities that will yield low returns and this present disappointments.  Your attempt to compensate this with spiritual results will be constantly put to the test.  The dopamine of the world of the status quo is all around you.  You must use the status quo to leave it so you are constantly put to the test of virtue to the planet and your local of people and place with the dopamine of the status quo of success of affluence.

 

The key is get out of guilt and realize you are in a trap.  Know your limitations characteristic of this trap.  There is no ideal REAL Green.  The key to REAL Green is relativity of acceptance and going forth in a mysticism of transformation that comes from the insight of following the planet in succession.  What this means is finding spiritual wealth in a world in declining affluence.  Embrace a rich poverty.  Reduce the harm to the planet as you build up a REAL Green Prepping monastery of knowledge and things that will be a lifeboat of survival for the dangers of decline.  You will practice palliative care of the hospice as your embrace of the acceptance of decline.  This decline is one of destructive change characterized by pain and suffering your palliative care efforts will embrace spiritual wealth instead.  Discouragement has to be part of this but the guilt of discouragement is where transcendence must come in in your trap.  You can’t transcend you trap but you can transcend the guilt of that trap.  Once this transcendence is achieved the journey has meaning.  Demons become Angels.

Green Prepping in Permaculture

I am a Green Prepper.  This means I am using permaculture and localism to prep for a decline process.  Localism and individual resilience strategies are more secure than the alternative found in the traditional status quo.  I add to this the Green element and that is the spiritual dimension of embracing the planet and its web of life.  The planet is abrupt change from the human Anthropocene and the web of life is in succession from a complex ecosystem pushed into destructive change by human overshoot.

 

Permaculture is a hybridization of the old ways with the best practices and things of the modern world.  A Green Prepper takes this hybridization further by the use of triage with is basically prioritization.  Triage out those modern elements that do not contribute to the success of permaculture and localism.  The difficult side of Green Prepping of permaculture and localism is the economics of it.  In our capitalistic culture with the narrative of affluence, profit and competition is the name of the game.  This flies in the face of permaculture strategies that will struggle to compete against industrial agriculture, store bought food, big box store offered things.  Permaculture is more than just raising food it is a way of life.  It is an ascending level of skills and activities that also has a spiritual element of enlightenment.

 

In my Green Prepping the localism of declining in place is embraced to mirror the planets and the web of life’s destructive change.  This means embracing decline with decline.  It means following the way of life the planet is taking.  This is a different path of the status quo of growth and increasing affluence.  I find the most important part of Green Prepping is what I call REAL Green.  This is the key element of Green Prepping of permaculture and localism.  It is the behavior of Realism or being realistic.  REAL Green says our world is in a decline process with limits ending growth except the growth of the negative side effects of destructive change.  REAL Green says embrace decline but do it realistically in a hybrid way similar to permaculture that embraces the old ways with new knowledge and modern products.

 

REAL Green says use the status quo world of profit and competition to leave it.  This means in a surreal way you will have to live the status quo of profit using the proceeds to leave it into permaculture and localism.  This will mean you still work for money to pay the bills but you choose permaculture as your passion.  Triage out status quo hobbies and the leisure and embrace permaculture and localism in a Green Prepping way.  You will have to adapt to your people and place relatively because they may not be onboard with permaculture and localism.  They may not feel the need to prep for a decline process.  They may discount collpase possibilities as nutter.  They may like the consumerism and leisure of the status quo.  You are trapped in this so adapt it instead of trying to leave it.

 

Where you live may not be permaculture oriented or localized based.  Most places today are delocalized by globalism.  You adapt what you can and accept the trap of the status quo.  The status quo is carbon trapped in path dependencies.  You are trapped in this status quo.  Embrace being trapped and look instead to the life boats of change and the hospices of acceptance of decline that is a type of death.  Do not look for a refuge of transcendence but instead outfit your self for a journey to more resilience and sustainability in the rough seas of the status quo.   Do this relatively with the understanding there is no transcendence but instead transformation.

 

In REAL Green the significant element is behavioral that will result in physical change to your local of people and place.  Tech follows behavior not the other way around.  Green Prepping is understanding that low carbon capture is a lower scale activity.  Scale is the issue with modern humans and the reason we are more at risk than ever before of catastrophic shocks.  Delocalization has made all people less secure by dispersing risk that cannot be quantified.  Many may be richer but the wealth is not resilient and sustainable.  Embrace a lower scale of place and people but also things.  This means embrace a behavior of poverty with dignity.  Recognize affluence is the problem.   Find spiritual wealth from the building up of your local of people and place but realize this will make you less competitive and will require harder work with less consumer things that traditionally are the rewards of hard work in the status quo.

 

This is about adapted behavior flowing through to alternative strategies of living.  Permaculture is more than growing food it is also about converting the production of low carbon capture in permaculture skills.  This means community of people and skills and the pinnacle of permaculture success.  Some may be good at animal husbandry or carpentry.  Build resilient structures or sell permaculture things that are best practices and material applied to the old ways of smaller scale and less material affluence.  Build community locally in low carbon capture and the planet will support you because this is the way of life.

 

“How Permaculture can Build Resilience and Meet Basic Needs During a Pandemic”

How Permaculture can Build Resilience and Meet Basic Needs During a Pandemic

 

“Permaculture — a fusion of indigenous knowledge with modern science and technology — offers ways for people to meet their essential needs for food, water, sanitation and other non-material needs, with autonomy and harmony with nature. Its core ethical principles are: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. More importantly, it is a tool that anybody can make use of to be more resilient and to help overcome the critical challenges we are facing today.”

Green Prepping

I am a green prepper.  I am retired but consider myself semi-retired because what I am doing is more work than a status quo job.  I want to say it is rewarding but I also want to say it is disappointing.  The rewards for example are being out in the woods making fire wood and taking a break and looking around at how beautiful it is.  I would not see this beauty in an office.  Seeing my grazing system function is wonderful.  Watching a garden come up and fruit start on my orchard is satisfying.

 

The disappointment is the realization of the incongruity of modern life with this small farmer reality.  The costs of the comforts of life compared to the return to permaculture farming is dramatic.  I could greatly expand my stocking rates.  I could grow the size of the farm effort but then what happens is you drift into being a factory farm and let’s face it even big farms are struggling.

 

I try to find a balance.  I am providing my greater family with recreation and a place to hide out if SHTF.  I am a prepper so I do those things that increase resilience and sustainability to shocks.  Green prepping is about combining permaculture and security.  Localism is safer and it is also greener.  The sad part is I am living off investments that are 30 years of fossil fuel drenched activity.  My goats and cattle cover cost but do not reward my labor.  It is much cheaper to go to the grocery store for vegetables but we still make an effort to garden.  I heat with wood but electric is cheaper when all the labor and equipment is considered.

 

I am in my mid 50’s and feeling the pain of this constant work.  I do think it is actually keeping me stronger but that only makes the pain a little less apparent.  I go out in the cold, hot, and wet which is uncomfortable.  Bugs in my face a ticks crawling up my legs make me think how nice a beach would be.

 

I am living a life of green prepping and telling people about it which is rewarding but then I also feel like I fool because it does not add up.  I am telling people to live like I do when the reality is, I have the time and money to do it.  If you don’t have the time and money how can you do it?  I have come to the humble conclusion that I must respect those who make no effort to do what I do.  I target a few chosen who have the time, money, and the awakening.  I target those who want to green prep instead of winter in Florida or RV to the west.  They care about the planet and seek to lower their footprint instead of growing it.  They want to feel the rewards of producing things.  They want to take the journey of a transformation of learning to live with less but find more meaning.

 

I did not find meaning in the status quo world.  Maybe I am too intellectual so I saw through the narrative of a way of life that does not add up.  Currently I am green prepping a monastery of all the knowledge and best equipment I can accumulate.  I have small working farm that also serves as a hideout from bad times for myself and my family.  I am living this and evaluating it as an alternative to the failed narrative of growth and affluence my status quo job was.  I am downsizing relatively to my people and place.

 

I feel I am following the planet so in a sense I am embracing the way.  I am like a shaman going to the fringes and reporting back to the tribe.  I humbly report that I find this difficult life better and the primary reason is meaning not satisfaction.  Satisfaction is there but equally there is pain, suffering, and let downs.  Not enough time or money to do things right in my mentality of perfection.  The disappointment with community that is not there but should be.  I can’t find people to work so I do lots of low value work because I have no choice.  The meaning comes from nature and the animals saying thank you for believing in us.  Thank you for a home that is cared about.  My family thanks me for a nice place to play and a refuge of sorts if things fall apart.

 

I find knowledge, experience, and the creation of something a hard-won meaning.  I am not looking at how rich I am with a portfolio of wealth.  My wealth is wisdom.  The wisdom of learning what to use and what to leave is very special.  So, concluding I would say do it as a road to meaning not comfort and affluence.  Do it within your limitations and do not feel guilty if your effort is small because we are all trapped in something beyond our abilities.  Embrace this way with humility and do it for the planet that is dying.  Do it for your significant others because meaning is a beacon for them.  Do it for yourself because meaning is golden.