MY individual and local REAL Green Deep Adaptation strategies are for those who are in a similar situation that I am. I am mid 50’s semi-retired doing a permaculture farm that is also a doomstead. Not everyone is placed to do what I am doing but those who are should for the sake of the planet. It is about the harvesting of low intensity energy through biomass and the gathering of solar energy from renewables. This is done with an effort at incorporating permaculture in the planetary cycles. This means both technological efforts and natural efforts.
My focus will be on attitudes and lifestyle that prepare those who are awakened to a future of decline and hardship. It takes attitudes and lifestyle adaptation to peruse low energy gathering of permaculture REAL Green permaculture. Conservation and demand management are required because low energy is not economic nor sustainable in the status quo so it is a subsidy. REAL Green is holistic in regards to lifestyles and attitudes but it is not a replacement for your existing lifestyle and spirituality. It is an add on just like software you would add to enhance what you are doing already. Granted the add on only works for those who are already following a green awakening.
The doom and prep part of this adaptation is integral to REAL Green. The doom is the acknowledgement of decline and the impulse to collapsing in place beating the rush. It is about collapsing into a poorer way of life with dignity. The prep part is about a hybrid life of using the status quo to leave it in a psychological condition of relative sacrifice. Relative sacrifice is about changing relative to your status quo persona. Most of us are stuck in the status quo requiring the status quo for survival. We have family, friends, and a community that are generally not awakened and do not practice REAL Green Deep Adaption. Relative sacrifice is a mindset that bridges the status quo of the unawakened with the transformative condition of being awakened. You use the status quo to leave it while finding psychological meaning in the realization there is no transcendence nor transitioning. There is only riding the wave down. This means green is not REAL green and meaning still means being part of a civilization destine to end it only means getting closer to REAL Green and its meaning. There is not nirvana of transcendence just because you have found REAL meaning.
This awakening is giving yourself over to the enhancement of the planet in your own individual and local way. This is about the individual and the local in permaculture residing in the destructive industrialized modern status quo. It is about using the old and new triaging out the worst of our meaningless way of life. It is the resulting distilled meaning. It is about a routine of hard work with mental conditioning that is a mental and physical prepping action. You live healthy, you clear out the deadwood, and you assemble a monastery of tools and knowledge. This is ultimately about the pursuit of individual wisdom that allows you to say “NO” to the parts of the status quo that are deadly to meaning. It is about choosing knowledge, tech, and relationships that enhance meaning.
This wisdom is based on the concept of lifeboats and hospices. Few will escape collapse. REAL Green Deep Adaptation does not offer an escape it offers the meaning that will deal with collapse. Most doomsteads and prep efforts will suffer quick decline along with community and environment. Without resupply and community protection most efforts will not last long. So this adaptation is about finding a good local to build your doomstead in. Some locals have no future but others have a relative future of months or years. If you are unable or unwilling to leave a local that is compromised by all the wrong lifestyles than it is about fortifying for the last days that might come. This is where the life boat and hospice part comes in. If the world falls apart then Deep adaptation is about the meaning one will find when life ends. It can be heroic or degrading. It is your choice. It is about becoming a warrior for your local and its meaning
REAL Green is finally about collapse and the misunderstanding of the process. It is about MAD MAX but also a longer term process. Collapse will be local ultimately so get out of the default collapse fantasy of Hollywood. It will be a process that might stretch out with a long tail or could be a sudden onset of a nuclear winter. This means those who make draconian changes instead of relative sacrifice risk destroying what they want to achieve. This means staying vigilant to current events and riding the wave. It means the understanding that MAD MAX is possible. REAL Green Deep Adaptation acknowledges there is no escaping the pain and suffering of death but there is the hope that comes with meaning to brace oneself for the trials ahead.
This is also about those who chose to be leaders and care givers. Only a few in the world are capable of awakening. Only 10% have what it takes and of that 10% only 10% have the will and the garden for the seeds of REAL green to grow. This is about the humility of knowing you are one of them and the impulse to go forth in your locality and lead by example. Since this is relative sacrifice in the condition of being trapped in the status quo this is an individual strength. You do not plan on leading people and groups to change the world. This is not what REAL Green Deep Adaptation does because once you reach out to the politics of the world your effort will be lost. This is about being a Shaman and a Sage that draws the power of the planetary system to affect change locally and with your significant others. This power is not personal. Once this power is taken and used personally for selfish reasons it is lost. It is only giving oneself over to planetary trajectories that one finds and channels the will of the planet. REAL Green is about a warrior spirit on behalf of the planet.