Lost driver: “Can you tell me how to get to Union Grove?” Roadside farmer: “No. But if I was you, I wouldn’t start from here.”
Most of us have trouble seeing from here down the road. If we ponder what life would be like with a lot less water, air-conditioning, meat, or municipal services, it’s hard to visualize. How would limited transportation, lower home values, more community conflict, and food scarcities feel? We can’t quite imagine.
I spend hours researching dangers like these and possible tactics for dodging them. But even I have trouble conjuring visions of their everyday consequences. [...]
At about a 30% water shortage, residents predicted the city would deteriorate. 35% reductions have just been mandated.
Santa Cruz, a county of natural beauty between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains, is rated at “Extreme” risk for long-term water shortages. (400 American counties have such ratings. Another 600 are rated “High” risk.)
Way back in 2003, to involve its residents in visualizing the problems ahead, the city asked how people would feel at various levels of water rationing. Looking into the future, the predictions were scary.
At 10-20%, reduced outdoor watering, shorter showers and other small measures [...]
Walkable neighborhoods mean residents are likely to have higher trust, more community activities, and stronger social networks locally. [...]
Lots of free community services are being developed. Some are strong on community but weak on service. Small fees could help. [...]
Personal Vehicle Sharing is legal in California, soon in Oregon. It helps you avoid buying a car and keeps money in the neighborhood. [...]
Cohousing can have advantages any time, but especially when energy, food and other family budget threats loom. [...]
To live in a neighborhood where you have financial and environmental resilience, moving could be less painful than trying to build it around you. [...]
Walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented mixed-use neighborhoods are predicted to be in demand, pushing up prices and encouraging construction. [...]
Building resiliancy is hard when everyone around you looks askance. There are “Transition” groups to join – or form. [...]
Community Supported Agriculture can give you better strawberries and better food security. [...]
Let others help end your paralysis. Meetups are smallish clubs of like-minded people inspiring each other, offering help, and doing tangible projects together. [...]