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 09, 2005

Relocalize Now! The Post-Carbon Institute Organizes the Post-Petroleum Future

Our research suggests that the key response to energy peak is relocalization -- that is: rebuilding the culture, economics, and governance of our communities such that our essentials (e.g., food, water, energy) are produced locally for local consumption. Considering energy peak along with rest of our problems -- ecological and otherwise -- we collectively are confronted with an truly awesome challenge. You are one of a small fraction of people worldwide aware of our collective predicament. Bearing this knowledge on one's own is heavy burden. If we are to have any chance of creating a future worth living, we must work together to build a global and locally grounded movement.

Our most important outreach initiative, the Outpost Program, is working with groups of concerned citizens to prepare their community for an energy constrained future. These groups are Outposts in the sense that they are community-based extensions of the Post Carbon Institute, operating autonomously while receiving guidance and electronic infrastructure from the Institute. Outposts work cooperatively in their local community with local government, business, NGOs, and educational institutions to put theory about living with less hydrocarbons into practice while sharing knowledge and experiences with the global network of people working on relocalization. Projects taken on by Outposts are experiments for a hydrocarbon constrained future; we are almost as eager to find out what doesn't work as what does. The outpost program offers a way for you to collaborate with people in your community and in a worldwide network to raise awareness and work for a better, more local future. Should you decide to take this on, our intent is to support you in making an immediate positive difference in your community and having an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It won't be easy, but the potential upside -- a future worth living for ourselves, our children and life on the planet -- merits our every effort and deepest commitment.

Learn more about the Post-Carbon Institute's Relocalization Network

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