Keyword: post carbon

    The Scything Handbook

    The Scything Handbook

    Learn How to Cut Grass, Mow Meadows and Harvest Grain with a Scythe

    Dreading the weekly lawn mow? Need to whack the weeds in your orchard? Cringing at the drudgery and incessant blare of the mower? Imagine instead long sweeps of an elegant scythe cutting your grass and pesky weeds in blissful, meditative silence.

    Shrinking the Technosphere

    Shrinking the Technosphere

    Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-sufficiency and Freedom

    Over the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new, technologically advanced, more efficient methods.

    What exactly is progressive or efficient …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique
    Dark Age America

    Dark Age America

    Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead

    After decades of missed opportunities, the door to a sustainable future has closed, and the future we face now is one in which today's industrial civilization unravels in the face of uncontrolled climate change and resource depletion.

    What is the …

    related subjects: Resilience
    After Progress

    After Progress

    Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age

    Progress is not just a goal in the West—it's a religion. Most people believe in its inherent value as enthusiastically and uncritically as medieval peasants believed in heaven and hell. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique
    Afterburn

    Afterburn

    Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

    Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique
    Decline and Fall

    Decline and Fall

    The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

    "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

     

    Although he was writing nearly a century ago, Yeats could just as easily be describing the United States today. The decline and fall of America's global empire is …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique
    American Exodus

    American Exodus

    Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

    Some scientists predict the sea will rise 1.5 meters before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps could make the real amount much higher. In the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts, and droughts and heat events will be …

    related subjects: Climate Change
    Green Wizardry

    Green Wizardry

    Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, And Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit

    Merlin, Gandalf, Voldemort - these well-known sorcerers from popular culture are famed for their amazing spells and spectacular magical powers. In ancient times however, a wizard was actually a freelance intellectual whose main stock in trade was …

    related subjects: Resilience