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 Post subject: Resilience
PostPosted: Wed, 01 Dec 2010, 14:43 
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A post on the CAT blog on the subject of resilience which I think sums it up nicely in one page.

http://blog.cat.org.uk/cat/resilience-why-we-should-be-thinking-about-it/


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 Post subject: Re: Resilience
PostPosted: Wed, 01 Dec 2010, 19:38 
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As visitors may not bother to follow the link to see what this is about...

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Resilience- why we should be thinking about it

Consider a typical modern day in a typical town. We wake up in a house heated by fuel brought to us in ways we are only dimly aware of, by an energy utility now owned in France. They have no fuel reserves beyond a couple of weeks. Our house is located in an area where we know few neighbours and is mostly owned by a German bank. We breakfast on food that was grown heaven knows where, by unknown hands, using methods we never see. Our lunch is bought from shops that would be empty in three days without fuel. We pay for it all through a Chinese bank over which we have little control.

We now depend for our continued existence on increasingly remote suppliers working through ever more distant systems that have no obligations to us, and indeed are not expected to have any.

21st century society must face the long emergency of breaching ecological limits whilst being stuck in the traffic-jam of a very ‘brittle’ society. Just in time delivery - becomes clean out of stock, the least cost option - become the least available option, and as surely as one thing leads to another, failures quickly begin to synergise, carrying things far beyond any Government or local authority’s ability to cope, so leaving us high and dry.

Over recent months communities across the western world are struggling to adjust to a new era of profound and abrupt change. Although not of their own making, these changes compel communities to re-consider how they plan to move forwards into the 21st century.

Resilience can become the new lens through which we filter our lifestyle choices. By working to develop our physical resilience, we also build psychological resilience both on a personal and community level. We are no longer in denial; we are actually working on the task at hand. Being on such a trajectory brings you into relations with others, and so builds pathways into a new community, this alone can do wonders to improve our quality of life, as many of the Transition Towns demonstrate so well.

Resilience is going to play an increasing role as we re-shape our lives in the coming years. Creating resilience in the communities that surround us cannot only help deliver tangible benefits, it can be a creative and empowering process.

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 Post subject: Re: Resilience
PostPosted: Fri, 03 Dec 2010, 21:36 
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I think the current cold spell is a marker for what life with scarce and more expensive fuels will be like. Not that it will be sub-zero with snow and ice everywhere, just that the cost of keeping warm and the ability to keep warm and to be able to travel will be much higher in our consciousnesses.

What I noticed about today, the first time I have ventured out since the snow came, is how small and slow and local and vulnerable everything had become: the narrowed roads; how few cars there were and how slowly they went; so many people walking; so many people talking to one another on the streets; the concern for neighbours' wellbeing; and the shops running low on, or out of, essentials such as bread and milk.

Of course, if climate change means regular harsh winters for the UK - and a three year run doesn't constitute a trend yet - then it could get a lot, lot worse as keeping warm would become even more expensive...

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 Post subject: Re: Resilience
PostPosted: Fri, 03 Dec 2010, 22:24 
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I go for walks twice most days and during these snowy days have noticed how people are more inclined to exchange a friendly greeting and some even stop for a chat.


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