Subscriber Post by Svetlana on October 18th, 2015 at 10:30 am
Just read an article in the latest National Geographic (“Cool It”) about climate change.
There was a glancing mention of those whose belief is that having to live without fossil fuel would catapult us “back in the stone age.” I don’t like the mental picture of that. As for solutions, some say “technology got us into this mess, it will get us back out.” The thing that these statements have in common is that they assume living without fossil fuel will be a bad thing. Is our future like an earthquake – something we can’t predict and feel like we have no control? Or, do we know enough now – maybe not everything – to work toward a vision? What is your vision? My vision of the neighborhood (Sunnyside) say 50 years after the transition from fossil fuel does not look that much different than it does now, except for a few things: no cars and all food grown locally – maybe a community garden every 10 blocks. I’m not going into any detail here – it’s a vision, but not science fiction. Visioning for life after fossil fuel is fun and full of interesting questions to think about and answer. We can pioneer the hell out of it; maybe use Transition Towns as a model or anything you like.
Someone before us envisioned the built environment we live in now. We are told we’re a creative city – this moment needs us to have a positive, exiting vision.