Much has been written here at PeakProsperity.com of late about the need for society to adopt a new narrative to live by. One deeply-ingrained with sustainability and stewardship -- else our current fixation with consumption and exploitation of nature's finite resources will meet a very predictable and unpleasant end.
So, for those that agree a new operating story is needed: Where do we start?
This week, author Charles Eisenstein joins Chris and Becca to discuss their upcoming participation in The New Story festival, a gathering specifically focused on sparking momentum behind this important movement. More details on the event, which takes place in Bethany CT on June 12-13th, can be found here.
Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with Charles Eisenstein and Becca Martenson (45m:51s)
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As we've been discussing of late here at PeakProsperity.com, humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old one is increasingly dysfunctional and rather obviously headed for either a quite dismal or possibly disastrous future. One of the chief impediments to recognizing the dysfunction of the old story and adopting a new one is the most powerful of all human emotional states: Denial.
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- We are past the "tipping point". A hard rendezvous with limits to growth will arrive in the next 2 decades
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- Prepare for the current "mother of all bubbles" to burst soon
It is said that you cannot explain water to a fish and I have nearly as difficult time trying to explain energy to people today. We are surrounded by it so completely it is difficult to properly appreciate.
But it is in every particle of food you eat, every piece of furniture in your house, every item you wear, and every trip you take -- are all 100% dependent on energy that came from somewhere and subsidizes every single item and action.
Fossil fuels are the vast majority of all the energy we use and, it cannot be repeated enough, they visibly and invisibly subsidize the so-called renewables, too. By that I mean solar and wind power cannot be generated until and unless the components are first manufactured and installed. And those activities are nearly 100% driven by fossil fuels today.
To grasp this more fully, watch this time-lapse video of a wind tower being installed and, while marveling at the ingenuity and speed of the team involved, think about where all of the components came from:
How were the cranes, bulldozers and trucks built? What fuels do they run on? How did all those workers get there? Who grew their food and how did they come to eat it? How are the roads they drove on built and maintained? How is concrete made and how did it all get to the job site? What do the factories and foundries run on that built the windmill? How far did each windmill component have to travel before arriving at the site?
The answer to all of those questions is...
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In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:
- The Cost Of Comfort
- We are ruining ourselves in the name of convenience
- Prospering By Borrowing
- Nearly all of our industries are unsustainable
- Our 'Monocrop' Economy
- It's single-track focus ignores the complexity of reality
- Creating A New, Better Narrative
- Join Chris, Becca & Charles Eisenstein
The third annual OuiShare Fest, hosted with the theme “Lost in Transition” in Paris’ charming Cabaret Sauvage, concluded last Friday. This unique gathering of sharing economy leaders from around the world it found itself in at least two ways with their latest edition.
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A nutritious and often misunderstood plant that can be a welcome addition to your salad plate. Instead of pulling weeds, pinch leaves and have a wonderful meal.
In the recent podcast with Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, the owners of Singing Frogs farm, they told a tale of success that begins and in many ways ends with their soil.
It's a model we need to pay close attention, to as I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of farming across the world right now is based on the practice of plowing up fields and is therefore based on the practice of slowly but surely ruining the very bottom of the food pyramid.
Photo: Gene Stull
The following is a conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used.
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