I have been dismayed at the state of our world. I feel that we will soon be seeing a new world - much different than what we are accustomed to living in. Climate change and peak oil being some of the causes. Our clean water supply is dwindling, our food sources are 2000 miles away, and our temperature is getting hotter and/or more extreme, and an economic depression is predicted. So many of us are simply oblivious to the events of the world around us. It truly frightens me.
We have a neighbor who was very interested in converting a car to run on vegetable oil (as we have). Well, now that oil prices are "going down" he does not see the point in doing so. Wow. There are so many people who don't "see the point" in making changes. Is it too difficult?
What brings me hope is that there are a growing number of people like me - who have woken up to the dangers around us and are choosing to make changes that we can. I read blogs written by people who are not satisfied with living the status quo and are choosing simpler lives. These people are choosing to eat locally, organically, grow their own, go without, not drive, compost, etc. I hope that an ever increasing number of people realize that we cannot continue living like we have been.
My spouse and I have been making changes and saving money in order to change our lives.
Just a few of our goals:
- pay off house (no debt and always have a place to live). All of the income J brings home goes toward this.
- in 2-3 years, buy a house or land up north (with enough land to grow our own).
- learn skills that will be useful in any situation (food growing, preservation, seed saving, water collecting, soap making, spinning, chickens, cheese making)
- significantly reduce our footprint in as many other ways as possible (solar, wind, rain barrels, etc)
Are you concerned about our global future? Are you making changes in your own life in response to possible changes?