The REAL Green Master

FYI, my posts here on my blog tend to be musings from comments on other sites.  This means you will get a certain amount of redundancy.  I apologize for this but it does facilitate a steady stream of material for my blog.  I try to post once a week.  Since REAL Green is a journey this redundancy is also a adaptation over time of the REAL Green message.  The below comment was on Resilience dot com :


I am adapting my operation and fortifying my life with green prepping in a REAL Green lifestyle.  I am an expert prepper and have all the basic assets.  I am green with my animal operation and habitat restoration efforts.  I am low carbon focused with conservation and efficiency strategies.  I call it REAL Green because these efforts are relative and realistic.  My operation does not support me although it supports itself.  The wildlife management efforts are drenched in fossil fuels.  I have to still participate in consumerism and modern mobility.


Where REAL Green comes into this is acceptance behavior.  I am accepting humans are trapped and the lies of both the greens and browns are a result of this trap and path dependencies.  Human civilization will fail as we know it but the process might be a slow boil which is a decline process.  I am sure about failure because the planet has tipped into phase change.  That is the key.  Human civilization will not adapt as-is to this tipping IMO.  My life will suffer decline also both the natural one of old age decline but also decreased affluence as overall affluence declines because of planetary phase change.


REAL Green is a journey to meaning in all this.  It is not a religion of meaning.  Keep your higher power of beliefs.  These metaphysical aspects of your life are too personal and abstract to be dealt with by REAL Green but you can REAL Green them by incorporating the planetary situation into your higher power.  What this means is turbo charging spiritual meaning to offset declining physical conditions of lower affluence.  Seek spiritual assets to offset increased poverty of the decline process.  If you are following the planetary trend then the planet will support you.  Fight this trend and you will be resisted.  This concept is simple and evident like spending time in a strong current.  You can flow with it or against it.


REAL Green reluctantly resist the current as needed because a REAL Green lifestyle is relative and realistic.  An adapted life is only adapted so much.  The REAL Green lives in the Anthropocene trap like everyone else.  REAL Green the trap by discovering your limitations.  Too much change is detrimental so fine tune change to what your local of people and place can adapt to.  Localism is another key variable.  Low carbon is no longer low carbon when it is mobile.  Scale is disrupted when greater lifestyle ranges are lived.


There are some interesting ways to adapt consumerism and tech into the old ways of low carbon capture and localism.  Use triage to get the dead wood out.  Be a hybrid with the best practices of the old ways leveraged with the modern.  Use salvage where possible.  Huge amount of embedded carbon is already spent with many modern items.  Many times, using an existing asset is lower carbon than building out a high efficiency new product.  A REAL green realizes diminishing returns to tech and efficiency is rapidly rising these days because of cost/benefits.  Debt and marketing are obscuring this fact.  Honest science is no longer honest with the solutions because of this.  So, keep it simple but robust.  Generally high performance is lower REAL Green.


Real Green on the basic level of green prepping is for everyone.  Everyone can green and prep up locally.  Where REAL Green becomes more advanced is the lifeboat/hospice journey combined with monastic elements of gathering and organizing elements of best practices and things.  The life boat analogy is evident but the hospice one is the behavioral part.  Decline is death so offer palliative care of spiritual meaning.   If an individual has what it takes by nature, nurture, and luck then he can go forth to become a modern shaman of REAL Green.  This is not meant to be bizarre.  I use the word Shaman because you will be taping into the power of the planet and the gradient of change.  Again, keep in mind this is not a cult or religion.  It is not saying you must have a particular belief or faith but you must be honest with science and systems.  REAL Green is just saying emulate the planet in succession.  Do it locally in realistic and relative change that is shaped by the trap of your local of significant others and the place that is your home.


One size does not fit all.  I am a permaculturist doing animals and a homestead.  You can be an artisan or a craftsman adapting your skills to this new planetary and social tend.  What ties all this together though is adapted behavior of acceptance of decline with localism.  Scale properly and adapt your behavior to reality of decline.


A REAL Green master is for a few.  A REAL Green master is humbled by this.  The humility comes from being subservient to the planet.  Living in its ecosystem instead of above it.  A REAL Green master has the time and money to change and likely has found a satisfactory local to grow his green prepping effort.  He will be blessed with good significant others.  He will have the time and money to do this.  We are talking lots of work.  Low carbon is time consuming with low returns so if you want to remain modern you will need resources often times from abstract sources.  In my case I am living off investments.  My low carbon green prepping operation could not support what I am doing plus the modest way of life I live.


Keep in mind a lot can be done with a little in REAL Green because you are downsizing into localism and managing low carbon.  So even though it is a subsidy it is smaller than trying to keep up with the Jones.  A master REAL Green finds meaning in all this and even if it is all washed away in violent destructive change some of the monestary will be a beacon of change to those who come afterwards seeking the truth.  In the end it is the journey into truth that man finds his true self.

REAL Green Prescriptions

The following are two comments I made on Resilience Dot Com.  Keep in Mind My REAL Green is realistic and relative and for the individual as an add on to his life system.  It is not a religion or a movement but instead a turbo to enhance ones meaning in a time of decline.  You will be faced with forces of decline and REAL Green offers you tools for meaning and action.  The comments below are to those engaged in the movement of degrowth which is going nowhere.  Greens and browns alike are set in a growth process.  The comment expresses ways degrowth can succeed for those who are involved with the movement.  REAL Green is for individuals and small groups but many of its prescriptions can be applied society wide.  The key is behavior and the result is a journey not a destination.  A REAL Green becomes a green prepper that downsizes and adapts to decline by using the status to leave it.  This is a mental Judo of activity of using and opposing force to your advantage with the planet supporting you.  The planet supports you because you are following its pathway instead of resisting it.  The two comments bellow includes two reads from resilience on degrowth issues:



First, there needs to be acceptance of proper human scale, physical limitations, and acknowledgment of failure.  This can be leveraged by spiritual wealth of meaning.  Keep in mind a smaller less equipped force can over take an opposing larger and better equipped force because of morale.  The basis of morale is meaning.  Understanding scale, limitations, and the bargaining aspect to get to acknowledgment works both ways.  Small farms, small communities and old-world craftsmen are vitally needed to mitigate and enhance the journey down the gradient of decline.  Yet, the modern status quo cannot be change radically so degrowthers and permaculturist should face acceptance too.  The human reality is carbon trapped and path dependent.  This human nature is non-negotiable in our current world stop fighting it.


A better approach is to somehow convince modern energetic forces that drive politics and economic forces that the small farm, small community, and simple craftsmen could be a vital and enriching buffer for the status quo on the materializing gradient of decline.  This then is a call for a bifurcating of techno greens movement today of pushing renewables and EV’s which is a growth dependent and subject to limits enforced by decline.   Instead a concordant push for a human buffer for the techno tendencies of the modern status quo can help mitigate the brick wall techno development is facing.  Instead of only the tech buildout of collection and storage devices linked in complex networks these techno greens should also push localism of food, skills, and living arrangements as a human and natural buffer much like is being pushed for with energy storage.


This push would then avoid the current problems the degrowth movement is facing with both green and brown of the negatives of less growth that leads to economic decline.  Any good degrowther knows the planetary system is in flux and human civilization is in decline because of this so the forces of decline are established and shaping human events.  Instead degrowthers and permaculturist alike should be focusing on how their strategies can buffer and store resilience and sustainability to offer human civilization an asset instead of a threat.  IOW degrowthers and permaculturist need to design their approaches around what we can offer growthers instead of fighting growthers.


Growth is a natural self-organizing path tendency of global human civilization mainly because of competitive cooperation of groups and nations.  We have to get along to survive but there will still be human competition because of global tribalism.  This is innate and nonnegotiable because it is a basic of human nature.  Even though degrowth is more competitive in regards to a macro planetary shift over longer time frames it does not compete in the human realm of the current realities of the human instinct of time value of human behavior.  It is squashed by this human economic and political reality.


A permaculturist degrowther should instead accept failure of their desire for a dominating movement of societal change and instead seek to be the niche that shapes decline.  Degrowthers can instead seek to provide the economic benefits of a buffer to the more technical and energetic of the status quo of growth and techno development.  In effect the world will need to proceed in a diverging path with more people moving to the land in permaculture localism living with seasonality and intermittency.  People and lifestyles can buffer the status quo that is path dependent on energetic growth.


To do this the status quo must protect and enhance localism of permaculture degrowth mainly because it is less competitive energetically.  To do this special laws and rules would need to be set up to allow degrowth to offer economic benefits.  A duel world of growth and degrowth can interact in this case as a sane and realistic approach.  This requires degrowthers and permaculturist to accept an inevitable decline process that they cannot prevent IOW they will have to accept failure of their ecco solutions at a macro scale not only pointing out the failures of the status quo.  They will have to instead choose to be lifeboats of human and physical support for the status quo that is immovable in its destiny of attempting infinite growth.


This is the only way a large scale degrowth and permaculture movement can takeoff.  It must be a diverging of lifestyles and economic systems that complement each other instead of competing for the human narrative.  Less people in mega cities but more quality of skills and production.  There needs to be more people back to the land in the localism of resilient simplicity grounded in seasonality and intermittency.  These chosen people of localism can still have simple techno abilities and basic human rights in regards to education, health, and shelter.  These people will just by hybrids of growth and degrowth and this will help out that part of civilization that will be 24/7 energetic.


Many things can only be produced with economies of scale that are vital to human survival.  Many emergency services have to be energetic.  Yet, much of life can be dialed down to a slower pace.  This movement has to be foremost about behavior and acceptance but also about forces of decline and deterministic forces that drive human nature.  Mostly it must be about adapting instead attempting transcendence.


“Resources for a Better Future: Degrowth”



I am a hybrid who advocates acceptance of reality.  This reality is of a carbon trap and path dependencies.  My acceptance is of failure.  Human complexity is now on a gradient of decline under the influence of planetary realities both organic and non-organic systems.  Human complexity is now suffering diminishing returns which are approach nonlinearity.  This means the efforts to combat decline with more complexity of networks and tech is quickly being dissolved into waste.


Yet, this is a process and some parts of the process are longer term than human time value can adapt to.  Even though this macro gradient of decline on all levels is proceeding some of these processes are slow in relation to the short termism of human time value.  The case then becomes for degrowthers the difficulty of finding relevance.   It very difficult to gain traction with needed degrowther policy.  To increase resilience and sustainability downsizing is a must.  Embracing voluntary simplicity should be a human narrative now but the narrative is still more of the same complexity just green.  The problem is green is not green and more is less.  An awakened realistic degrowther knows this.


A hybrid approach for a realistic degrowther would be acceptance of human failure based upon planetary succession.  From this acceptance comes a new approach of enlightened adaptation.  Degrowthers should focus on applying policy indirectly with policy the appeals to growthers both green and brown.  A new degrowther movement should be a narrative of individuals and small groups choosing to embrace degrowth that offers value to growthers.  This does not allow a massive policy shift degrowthers would like to see but it does achieve results.


Traditional degrowthers are still bargaining that human civilization can be reformed and made resilient and sustainable through downsizing and simplicity.  The reality is the growth narrative is too strong a human nature response.  Degrowthers are not going to break this tendency.  In general, the masses are not going to willingly embrace less through downsizing.  Nations and groups will compete and any downsizing is equivalent to surrender.


A new degrowth approach should be realistic and targeted within a basis narrative that  decline and collpase is inevitable.  This includes the honest science that climate is tipped already and cannot be saved.  The planetary web is in an extinction process that is now a planetary succession phase.  Human civilization is doomed because its self-organization is a growth process of greater affluence through complexity that cannot be sustained.  The world’s best and brightest minds who are honest about the science of decline are in denial on the solutions.  This is embedded in the human fabric at all levels.  Solutions are unrealistic with economics and systematics of a green transition.


A new degrowth approach should be a push to enlist human buffers as low carbon storage and buffers to intermitency.  This would be taking individuals and small groups and embedding them in low complexity localism.  These nodes would be adapted to seasonality and intermittency.  They would serve the same function as is being pushed for by green technos today with things like pumped storage or battery technology.  These individuals and groups would be guaranteed security of basic needs and rights and protected like we do with national parks.


These nodes of degrowth would embrace permaculture of raising food and producing goods in a hybrid of the old ways of low carbon capture enhanced by the latest technologies and best practices.  This high-tech and knowledge part of the strategy would be limited to robust and simple applications.  In other words, simple systems with longevity and efficiency but low performance.  These nodes would be grounded in localism and be turbo charged with a spiritual return to the individuals of meaning.  These nodes would be embracing poverty of things but would be rewarded with a spiritual return of meaning.


The result would be pockets of resilience and sustainability the energetic growthers both green and brown can draw on to supplement their energetic growth activity symbiotically.  Embraced intermittency would mean localized degrowth nodes could export power as needed to energetic areas.  Seasonality would mean adapting food and shelter to lower energy needs leaving more to the growthers.  This would be an outlet for redundant people in classes being disenfranchised by an unequal growth process.  This is a form of rebound because degrowth is supporting growth.  Keep in mind this is selling degrowth to growthers and thereby implanting nodes of resilience and sustainability that can be built upon as the decline process accelerates.  The status quo will be used to leave it by degrowthers who know longer term growth will end and their polices flourish.


“The Green New Old Deal: a New Industrial Policy When We Need a de-Industrial Policy”

The Green New Old Deal: a New Industrial Policy When We Need a de-Industrial Policy

A Journey Not A Destination

I visit various Ecco sites and post comments.  Here is one such posting on Resilience Dot Com:


“I wholeheartedly agree with the benefit of green prepping. I do worry about the limited scope for that kind response, however. In developed countries the vast majority of people are almost completely isolated from land that can support them using green (or any other) methods. In modern and developed countries it is mostly people with great privilege who are able to afford land that can produce food, water and shelter and which enables them to adapt to economic contraction by becoming more and more self-sufficient.”


I agree but mention to those who can to do it.  Part of my green prepping platform is acceptance and humility.  I accept the system is degrading first and then accept my own exposure to it.  There is no transcendence only a limited transformation.  I accept society will not have the options to reconfigure in any kind of mass movement.  Society is trapped and that trap means many people are trapped.  There are just few options for many.  I am humbled by this and refrain from pointing fingers as if I am better than others.  I am blessed and these blessing are focused on a small scale of my local.  I am making a small difference on a small scale.  This is the proper orientation because in my opinion the human condition is one of scaling.  Some maybe can make a bigger impact but for the most part large scale changes will be swallowed up in the decline process.  The reason for this is the nature of the carbon trap and path dependencies our human system is in.  Keep in mind I am using the dirty status quo to green up my little place and small group of people.  I am not TRUE Green but instead REAL Green which is realistic and relative.  In the big picture I am just a small micro clime.


“Degrowth will be a disaster for the vast majority of people because they will not have the resources to adapt. Life will get harder and harder. Paid work will disappear. Food supplies will first lose their variety and then their abundance. Rationing schemes will spread the privation around, but they won’t prevent it. Eventually there will not be enough calories to go around and people will start losing weight. Hunger might prompt a mass migration from urban areas to rural areas, especially by the young and fit, who will be a valuable labor supply for struggling food producers. Cities will become centers of privation and death for those that don’t have the strength or the skills needed in the country.”


I agree so this is why I say to those who can to relocate both people and place.  Scale properly and try to go under the radar screen.  For those who can’t adapt then embrace with acceptance the coming storm.  Mental adaption goes a long way.  Enjoy life now and limit anxiety for the future.  There are material things everyone can do like short term preps.  Everyone can green up some.  Do daily acts of kindness to nature.  There is no sugar-coating decline and degrowth.  I am also realistic about my green prepping.  The wrong kind of decline will swallow up all my efforts.  This is why I call it a journey not a destination.

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.


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.





“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 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”


“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.”