Sustainability? No, resilience.
Haven’t gotten the Post-Carbon Reader yet?
C’mon, you know you’ll have to pick it up sooner or later.
Where else are you going to find a discussion of almost every area of modern life, from healthcare to community colleges to the county dump, all from the standpoint of peak oil and climate change?
And don’t forget that it’s jam packed with essays by the top writers today on resilience, from Bill McKibben to David Orr, Wes Jackson and Rob Hopkins.
Best of all, the Reader ably makes the case that mere sustainability won’t be enough to get our civilization past peak oil and avoid the worst disaster scenarios of climate chaos. What we’ll really need is resilience.
As Chris Martenson says in the book, resilience is “when we have multiple sources and systems to supply a needed item, rather than being dependent on a single source…when we have a strong local community with deep connections…when we are in control of how our needs are met and when we can do things for ourselves.”
And as I said in our review in November of this weighty tome, whose 500 pages will exercise both your cerebrum and your biceps:
Its 34 essays by two dozen authors impressively cover subjects likely to be both old and new to readers who follow peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Finishing The Post Carbon Reader can give you the same sense of accomplishment as if you’d polished off Aristotle’s Poetics, Gargantua and Pantagruel and the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica between dinner and bedtime. It’s like graduating from Post-Carbon University. And all without the student loans.
Now, Janaia Donaldson has done an interview with the volume’s co-editor, Daniel Lerch, presented here through our partnership with Peak Moment Television. Check it out and then buy the book already. Geez.
– Erik Curren