Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front
Climate change, peak oil, and economic instability aren't just future social problems-they jeopardize our homes and families right now. Our once-abundant food supply is being threatened by toxic chemical agriculture, rising food prices, and crop shortages brought on by climate change. Funding for education and health care is strained to the limit, and safe and affordable h...more
This is not just another of those doom-and-gloom, batten-down-the-hatches-and-man-the-lifeboat handbooks we have seen so many of in the past few years. I've read most of those other books, and while they are helpful in understanding why we are where we are (in terms of energy depletion, climate change, and overwhelmin ...more
Oh dear, that's sexist, but dang it, this book is. It's like the Junior League (is there still a Junior League?) version of how to survive the coming end times, post peak oil.
The first half was rehashed ideas of other writers (and since we're a few years past the housing crisis/market crash, it sounds a bit over-urgent). I thought the survival/traditional skills section should have been more about you, the reader, than me, the author. It was very me-me-me, and frankly I don't care wh ...more
On one hand, I believe that the author is suffering from an extreme case of "The Sky is Falling" syndrome. Sharon Astyk paints a grisly picture of the world economically, environmentally, and politically. Entire continents without power, skyrocketing poverty, and rampant disease are only a few of the coming scenarios that she believes are on the way.
I also must admit that her extreme "environmentalism" seems to me a bit over the top. Phrases ...more
At times, I found her alarm and her survivalist advice hard to take - envisioning McMansions as the new slums, counseling the reader to check with friends and family for where you can go with your livestock, advising I should have 6 months of food stored....
She is at her most evocative sharing her ...more
However, it did challenge me to reconsider how much energy I am using and how to get along with far less. This chick managed to reduce her energy consumption by 90%. Wow.
I figure if I can reduce 10% each year, I can keep ahead of the electric company who wants to raise my rates ...more
Well worth reading, altho ...more
Our current lifestyle in the US and most of the "First World" is unsustainable. I am already seeing the signs of the increased difficulty of life that the author foresaw. If you are not filthy rich and want to learn ...more
Ok, finally made it through this book. Very interesting and kind of scary, but in that I have got to get off my ass and do something with my life to make it more sustainable. Oil will not last forever, and what do we do to survive peak oil and the changes that are coming.
I appreciated the information and I hope to move towards her way of living.
our sustainablity reading group has been reading it for 5 months.a lot to digest.
A Peak Oil book with no charts or graphs, wow!
Instead, Sharon Astyk focuses on the practical and ethical issues around living in an world facing the double whammy of energy depletion and climate change.
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Around Part 3 I really got into reading instead of skimming. I found many of her ideas very interesting and I liked hearing how she lives out the ideals she proposes. Overall I just did not get behind the world is going to fall apart soon so be PREPARED.