The Resilience Handbook, by Elizabeth J Walker (paperback)
The Resilience Handbook is the guide to managing the interacting complexities of the modern world to create a future with less energy use and a better quality of life.
Resources are being depleted across the globe while demand for them rises. Nations will have to move towards greater self-sufficiency as their trading partners retain more for their own use.
Our current lifestyle in Britain is dangerously dependent on non-renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels and nuclear power. Without substantial imports of food, we cannot support 70 million people on this island.
Yet only seventy years ago, just after the all-out self-sufficiency campaigns of the Second World War, we could have fed our entire population. Craftspeople ran small businesses in every high street where items could be bought or repaired. Town centre market gardens thrived.
We could have built on this resilience to become a nation self-sufficient in essentials, but chose instead to pursue the path of consumerism. Now, the high street is occupied by chain stores who remove money from your local area as soon as it passes over their counters. The market gardens are car parks and the population has nearly doubled.
Environmentalists argue with politicians, scientists with religious leaders and year after year nothing is done. The endless economic growth that was promised seems to have turned cancerous. Resource wars are flaring up.
However serious the situation is and however impossible a solution appears to be, we must be mindful of the fact that we arrived here slowly, one piece of shopping at a time. We need to take back our power and make new choices. While we still have access to fossil fuel energy, we can use it to rebuild a resilient culture; there's no time to lose.
The Resilience Handbook outlines how to proceed in an immediate and practical way. Accessible ground level strategies are combined in the move towards resilience, where every positive effort counts.
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