Sitting in on the Post Carbon Reader session was particularly exciting, just learning about all the thoughtful, learned individuals who contributed to the reader. This session included former Huntington Beach, California councilwoman Debbie Cook, who moderated and spoke briefly on how to create successes in local government (we’ll have more from her later).
Daniel Lerch, the Post Carbon Institute‘s Program Director spoke about the process of bringing these folks together for the book and for a session about the future leadership and vision of the organization. He also took my question on how to engage youth, saying it is an increasing aspect of PCI’s mission, and a front the organization is more than eager to explore for how to reach out and engage. How to do it? If you have thoughts, please share.
Cindy Parker, a physician, spoke on her chapter on health and the twin predicaments of peak oil and climate change. This presents a lot of problems going forward, where an obvious solution is to relocalize with smaller scale neighborhood clinics for preventative and basic care, leaving the big health issues for rare extra travel. Bottom line: our current health care (disease care) model is hyper energy intensive, and machine driven, two things which are wholly unsustainable.
We also heard from Tom Whipple who produces the Peak Oil Review and wrote a chapter unapologetically titled something like Peak Oil and The Permanent Recession, or something like that.
Chris Martenson addressed peak oil and personal preparation, arguing that anything you do to prepare will help you stay calm, sleep better, help others in the future, and reduce your anxiety. In spite of that, he says whatever you do will probably be far from enough.
Yes, it looks that bad. But in other sessions we learned how to start messaging this a lot better to get more folks on board. More of that later.