There was an article on 60 minutes about the end of the age of fossil fuel. I was with the guy from QLD who was saying we need to be ready to run out of fuel. He suggested that we should have started planning a long time ago for a new world, a worlds in which …well…nothing is the same. Imagine what it would be like in a world in which the fuel just runs out. No seriously. On the 60 minutes they showed a normal lounge room, then took out everything that had some relationship or reliance upon fossil fuel…the curtains remained…the lights were off. (obviously a coal powered power station!)
Your deodorant, your toothbrush, and of course – your car.
The excites me and scares me at the same time. I think I really don’t get what kind of changes this would require, and I am sure I romanticise much of lifestyle needed to live without fuel from the ground. But what I like is the comment the guy made. We will need to live in smaller communities, being reliant of one another, growing our food in small co-op style groups, sharing resources. No more lengthy commutes, riding bikes, walking more.
According the very challenging movie on this topic “The End of suburbia” we will be generating our own energy as well. Small houses clustered together around a wind power or solar power generator, maybe sharing large rainwater reserviors.
I know it is sounding like an old Mad Max movie, but I actually see it is something that could be a possibility in the future, sure it may be my kids future, but I’m all for helping them get used to it.
I have started learning more about growing my own vegetables, we have not bought eggs since we got chickens. I build what furniture I can from second hand wood, I have requested that I work from home as much as I can, I am resisting a second car in our family, using some public transport or at the moment a small 50cc scooter. I am wanting to install a rain water tank in the next year as well as some solar panels to experiment with just how much power this does generate versus how much it cost to set up. The solar and water tanks obviously cost a bit so I am not sure how this will happen, so if you want to find me a sustainable energy sponsorship for my back yard I am happy to receive!!
This is no small issue. I am regularly thinking about taking employment that requires little or no movement outside a bike ride from my house.
The thing that I am mostly interested in, I have to confess, is not so much the environmental issues and all the ramifications it has. But the ramification this type of life style would have upon my dreams for community development. Crisis, people forced by necessity to work in small clusters, looking out for one another, sharing resources and so on.
I am dreaming? I know many people just bury their head in the sand and say “it will never happen” and people on the other end of the penulum say “we should give up and boycott every fuel driven thing and live like Amish people and all buy a horse”
But…maybe these things are starting to effect me…I have second thoughts about fuel driven leisure activities, my friends boat, my sisters kids motor bikes, our recent drive to Shark Bay for holidays, thoughts of holidays which include flying places. In all these issues I am in two minds…I love the thought of flying off to some holiday, I love the adrenaline of racing along on a 4 wheeler, of zooming along in a boat, but I do now have these other thoughts that kind of make me wonder. (Side track – same feeling I had yesterday when I had to look after my daughter at a friends birthday party at Darklight a lazer gaming place. What a hoot, adrenaline to the max, I just wanted to take the gun off my daughter and show these 5 and 6 year olds how to win some serious points…while simulating the very thing that horrifies me every night I turn on the news, scenes of men and women shooting at each other, bullets tearing into innocent human flesh! End sidetrack)
So call me strange, but these things go on in my head all the time…like ALL the time, and I am torn between the fascination of the person I might be becoming and the person I think I was!