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Proud Member of the Low Carbon Chilterns Cooperative
Proud owner & retrofitter of Superhome 59
This website proud host of the High Wycombe Local Food Guide
Get Ready to Actually Do
"Organising" is about raising your personal awareness and then
the awareness of the people around you. We start by measuring
our Carbon Footprints. With this knowledge action can be taken.
Next, we might organise themselves into groups. This bit is
optional as this post-carbon life can
be a solitary mission for some of us. We believe that it is the
EXAMPLE you set that is equally as important, but such an
example is of no use if no one is paying attention.
Many will appreciate help from neighbours,
family, friends, work colleagues or their community at large.
They can help you and you can help them. Meet up regularly,
share what you have learnt, share techniques, compare your
footprints, encourage each other, support, apply peer-pressure,
etc. The whole is greater than the sum. Read on....
Your Next Ten Steps
Let's get organised. When Daddy first started Post-Carbon Living
he wanted to recruit everyone to help. Friends, neighbours,
work colleagues. However the neighbours were only interested
in buying their next 4x4. However, many people surf the web.
Would that be a better way to find like-minded people? So
Daddy and I set up this web site to find those people.
Somebody else must be interested in my future too?
The Coming New Reality
You have heard of 'Weight Watchers' right? And Alcoholics
Anonymous? What about 'Neighbourhood Watch'? What do they
all have in common? People come together with a common
cause, a common objective.
wish to achieve communal security, reach a greater state of
personal health or cut back on a substance that is bad for
them. All of these objectives have something in common with
a Post-Carbon Living Group. We want to achieve safety in
numbers. It is easier to feel you can make the changes
necessary when you know everyone else is doing it to. On the
international scale a country's dependence upon foreign
Fossil Fuel reserves threatens all our security. We are
hostage to other powers. Your Country's Political Leadership
may be tempted to use warfare to secure Oil because they
think that is what YOU want. War only begets war.
Your Post-Carbon Living Group will be cutting back on a
particularly nasty and addictive drug. Like the worst crack
cocaine it is almost instantaneously addictive and the
addict will do
anything and commit any crime in order to get their fix.
They will lie, cheat, steal, kill, whatever to get some more
of that precious Fossil Fuel energy into their lives. We
must help each other to recondition our needs as a society. We must create the new "norm". WE define what is normal.
When you have reduced you Fossil Fuel Dependency by 80% and
learnt to run your life through your personal solar
endowment you will be free. Fossil Fuel is like an albatross
around all our necks. It distorts our entire view of life.
Once the fog is lifted you will see the World for it is. You
will learn to fill your life with more fulfilling activities
your own food and making things.
Meet with your fellow members and achieve critical mass. If
you want to you can take your campaign out to the masses
then please do so. We will help you. You will be handing out
Post-Carbon Living's Gold-coloured balloons with pictures of
Milla's face. Each will say "Please don't let me down" and
the reverse says "Post-Carbon Living - join the revolution".
Join the revolution today.
Find New Words - New Understanding
we talk about creating our brave new reality (our new
"normality") some interpret this as top-down "Stalinesque-social-re-engineering".
out of Orwell.... But take a step back. What
exactly do we mean? In the Books from the Transition Network
you will commonly see the term "cultural stories"
- as in - we
will need to learn new stories about ourselves. It is
all about change enablement and making the change more
acceptable. We need to be getting out of one comfort zone
and getting into another whilst avoiding obvious clichés and
stereotypes. People won't change if you re-enforce negative
perceptions of what the change will bring.
So, first things first: Don't be a
hypocrite and don't lecture people. We are all human. We
can all be wrong. We share our frailties. Instead, just
LEAD and follow this golden rule: Stop using the language
of environmentalism. We are not ecologists but you can
hold a little piece of the future in your hand and keep it
safe for generations to come. If you can do that then you
have built a better life for yourself.
Example four: forget the concept of
the green "lifestyle choice". A lifestyle is what colour
coat you wear, the games you play, the places you go,
the friends you keep. A post-carbon future is LIFE. It
is not style, it is substance. It is not choice. It is
only a "choice" in the same way that committing a crime
was a choice before laws were passed. You will always
have choice. You can choose to walk or cycle. You can
choose to eat apples or pears. You can choose your
friends and your spouse. You will always have choice and
about doing more than just going on demonstrations. Instead
demonstrate solar power. Demonstrate community leadership.
Become an example of the future we must transition to. Give
your politicians a mandate by voting for the right ones at
the Polling Booth. Use your vote wisely. We get the
politicians we deserve. We get a system that reinforces the
status quo because that is what most people are voting for.
People are scared of change. Let's make it a party.