Japan, Russia, Siberia, the UK, North America – evidence that the long emergency has begun is overwhelming. As a tip for those hoping to understand not simply what is happening, but what may happen start with James Howard Kunstler’s The Long Emergency.
See a good synopsis here by the author:
The circumstances of the Long Emergency will require us to downscale and re-scale virtually everything we do and how we do it, from the kind of communities we physically inhabit to the way we grow our food to the way we work and trade the products of our work. Our lives will become profoundly and intensely local. Daily life will be far less about mobility and much more about staying where you are. Anything organized on the large scale, whether it is government or a corporate business enterprise such as Wal-Mart, will wither as the cheap energy props that support bigness fall away. The turbulence of the Long Emergency will produce a lot of economic losers, and many of these will be members of an angry and aggrieved former middle class.
Great author interview here:
Kunstler’s website is worth looking at too.
Your journey into the Anthropocene starts now.