Peak Oil Anarchy

Peak Oil is indisputable, inevitable and -- probably -- imminent. As the Cheap Oil era ends & oil supplies grow ever more scarce, our consumerist, earth-eating economy will go into convulsions & industrial civilization will teeter on the brink of collapse. Best be prepared! Peak Oil could herald a Golden Age of Anarchy. In Leviathan's ashes, we could create new decentralized communities of mutual aid, solidarity against oppression, & egalitarian harmony. May this be a map to the terrain ahead!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Ecological Collapse, Trauma Theory and Permaculture

The nature of ecological and civilizational collapse is quite similar to the effects of trauma on human beings. Ecological collapse is in fact an ecosystem-wide form of trauma. Obviously, the difference in scale between individual human beings and entire ecosystems and planetary-wide ecological and climatological processes creates differences, but the similarities are striking.

Furthermore, ecological trauma precipitates human trauma. As the inhabitants of ecovillages and other forms of intentional community are painfully aware, successful permaculture design must incorporate an understanding of human psychology. At the same time that society will be coping with a declining availability of energy and the collapse of important ecosystems, we must also cope with the psychological disintegration of human beings and the collapse of human societies. Healing one requires healing the other, too...

As a trauma survivor heals, she breaks out of her isolation and begins to reengage with the world. Finding a survivor mission, a renewed sense of meaning and purpose to her life, is often vitally important to recovery. As activists, our survivor mission is nothing less than the establishment of a new human culture based on harmony with the rest of nature. Many of us have dedicated our lives to this cause. Our experiences of ecological trauma have given us a desire to prevent further suffering.

Permaculture was designed to create that “soft landing” that we hope will happen. We do not know what will come after us, but while we are here we will make every attempt to heal the world on its way down — together.

Read complete essay (Lisa Rayner, Flagstaff Post Carbon Outpost)


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