[permaculture] bigger than Obama and Peak Oil

Nicholas Roberts nicholas at themediasociety.org
Mon Feb 9 06:33:19 EST 2009

Peak Debt
Nicholas Roberts
[im] skype:niccolor

On Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 9:58 PM, Tom Toogood <ecoed at dodo.com.au> wrote:
> Yes Nick, if we Permies miss showing the paths out of  the financial crisis'
> causes like peak debt etc, as our no. 1 priority now, we'll miss the boat of
> relevance and influence.
> Evidence for this is: Transition Towns founder
> Rob Hopkins reported in UK Permaculture magazine (late in 2008)that a year
> or 2 after the TT project had first engaged the community in Totnes, a
> survey was made asking them, what elements of the TT package did you find
> the most memorable and impressive? (or very similar ques) and the most
> common answer was, "the local currency element"  (not the new community
> gardens, or car-sharing, or the great workshops etc.)
> The local currency was a well researched (with help of an eco-economist at
> Schumaker college) improvement of the LETS system, with very impressive
> paper notes currency designed by a professional artist. Small businesses
> were
> Especially targeted and got involved well, so customers could buy their
> goods using the local currency, as well as the usual LETS community trading.
> I agree the peasant farmers movement may well deserve the front leadership
> position, they are not as subconsciously corrupted by years of capitalist
> consumption-mad decadence as most of us, although we try to move to higher
> ethics with Permaculture....but involvement of the ever-growing middle
> class, including Chinese and Indian, is essential, given their big balance
> of power in elections, and the TT movement is best chance yet of involving
> them.
> I'll ask Cheryl Kernot & the Bendigo Bank guy & local council community
> events officers re suitable expo/workshops dates.
> Cheers, Tom T
> -----Original Message-----
> From: niccolo.roberts at gmail.com [mailto:niccolo.roberts at gmail.com] On Behalf
> Of Nicholas Roberts
> Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 3:28 PM
> To: permaculture; Tom Toogood; John Shiel; binnah pownall;
> jesseekerjane at gmail.com; Daniel Rossi; D; Peter Wood
> Subject: bigger than Obama and Peak Oil
> for those involved in permaculture and sustainability type activism -
> can I suggest people broaden the concernes from Peak Oil and Climate
> Change - to Peak Debt, Fair Share and People Care
> strengthen the People Care and Fair Share as well as Earth Care
> consider the Op-Eds from the Ny Times and The Economists below;
> The World Social Forum
> Dear capitalists, admit you got it wrong
> Feb 5th 2009 | BELÉM
> Buoyed up by a crisis and with five presidents in attendance, the
> international left has ideas for fixing the world that a neoliberal
> might recognise
> http://www.economist.com/world/international/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13061
> 828&source=hptextfeature
> Slumdogs Unite!
> Published: February 7, 2009
> SOMEDAY historians may look back at Tom Daschle's flameout as a minor
> one-car (and chauffeur) accident. But that will depend on whether or
> not it's followed by a multi-vehicle pileup that still could come.
> Even as President Obama refreshingly took responsibility for having
> "screwed up," it's not clear that he fully understands the huge forces
> that hit his young administration last week.
> The tsunami of populist rage coursing through America is bigger than
> Daschle's overdue tax bill, bigger than John Thain's trash can, bigger
> than any bailed-out C.E.O.'s bonus. It's even bigger than the Obama
> phenomenon itself. It could maim the president's best-laid plans and
> what remains of our economy if he doesn't get in front of the mounting
> public anger.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/opinion/08rich.html?_r=3
> --
> Nicholas Roberts
> [im] skype:niccolor

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