You have been instructed to read this guide included in your Post-Societal Collapse Family Survival Kit (PSCFSK) under the circumstance that the Sustainable Earth Resource Production Plan (SERPP) has failed to fulfill its ultimate goal of providing a safe and sustainable resource production base for Earth’s Population.  If said circumstance has not yet been met, please return this guide to your PSCFSK for future reference upon total system collapse.   We here at Sustainable Survival Corporations are aware that the total collapse of society as you know it may be [Read More]

 
Traditional Ecological Knowledge – Using Traditional Food Production Methods to Minimize our Impact.

            Modern Western agricultural processes are generally not considered to be sustainable in the long run.  It’s only a matter of time before we exhaust the Earth’s finite resources and can no longer supply our population with the food it needs to survive.  There are many problems associated with modern Western methods, which include its reliance of fossil fuels, its inefficiency, its environmentally damaging nature, and many more.  On the other hand, traditional ecological knowledge is both locally specific, and holistic (Menzies et. al. 2006).  It [Read More]

 
Overpopulation - How Many More Mouths Can We Feed?

Various articles have shown up in the news recently regarding a prediction that the Earth’s human population would reach 7 billion by the end of 2011.  We are all familiar with the “hockey stick” graph of human population growth.  This graph has been commonly used to show the exponential rise in human population and therefore illustrate how our impact on the Earth is greatly increasing every day.  It was used, with great success, in Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” to exemplify how easy it is for the human [Read More]

 

The following is taken from a class discussion that was held by our Ecological Anthropology 360 class (the creators of this blog). We thought it important to have a group discussion about the Occupy Movement to get a sense of people’s thoughts, and share our ideas with each other. We had previously spent weeks researching what others thought and said about the movement and hadn’t had a chance to find out what our own thoughts were as a class.   We opened with a very general question:   Do you [Read More]

 
Crisis: Part of Ecological Cycles?

.          The Occupy Movement, above all is a cry for help.  When it began it was leaderless, without demands, without social prerequisites to join in the call of distress.  The only agreement everyone can make – across the board – is that change needs to happen.  The system needs correction.  How to do this and where to start, is another matter.  What should come first and who should do it are issues with a plethora of differing opinions. .          In my interview with Joel Bellenson, a genetic engineer, computer programmer [Read More]

 

Farmers’ markets have emerged out of the food movement as people look for alternative food sources. Anyone looking for more information about farmers’ markets in Canada should visit the farmers’ markets of Canada site.  Furthermore, many provinces or cities have their own websites listing the farmers’ markets of the area.  The National Farmers’ Market Impact Study 2009 Report which can be found on this website lists many facts and statistics about farmers’ markets in Canada. The farmers’ market trend is continually growing and has real benefits for the local people.  The [Read More]

 

  Generation WE: The Movement Begins.. IMPORTANT: CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. This video comes from http://www.gen-we.com/ . Generation We is a movement to encourage youth born between 1978 and 2000 to step up and vote, because the total population is greater than their parents. It encourages this generation to promote change, to curb consumerism and find solutions to environmental problems. It highlights the need to revolutionalize the economy and to support medical research. It is essentially stating that system change is within this generation. We just have [Read More]

 
How the Internet can Save the World: Opinions on the Internet as a Revolutionary Tool

The United States Congress is considering passing a bill that would severely restrict internet freedom (see http://campusprogress.org/articles/the_terrible_horrible_no-good_very_bad_internet_censorship_bills1/). While its stated intent is to prevent the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted materials, the bill itself is considered by many to be too broad and general: with its current format, it would fail to reach its stated intent but manage to confine the internet to specific patterns of use (for more information, see http://www.tehelka.com/story_main51.asp?filename=Op171211proscons.asp). The internet has become a key component in how the world functions day-to-day. As a widely used [Read More]

 
Hey Occupy, Let’s Prepare for the Collapse and Aftermath

The Occupy Movement should be looking to find a new socioeconomic system after this one collapses, rather than trying to change it right now. After the inevitable collapse will be the time to restructure our society in a better way and to implement new socioeconomic systems. Right now we should look into how we can do this restructuring and implementation once collapse occurs and create new socioeconomic systems to implement for afterwards as well. To learn more about why I think that we need to allow the system to collapse [Read More]

 
Let’s Allow for Socioeconomic Collapse Sooner rather than Later

Many of us have been in a messy breakup, prolonging the agony, thinking that perhaps this time if we make this change it will be better, but in the back of your mind all along you knew you needed to end it and start anew. Unfortunately, by the time the inevitable breakup decision finally arrived, you or your partner or both of you were so very emotional broken. You should have ended it sooner. You should have stopped trying to fix the surface problems of your relationship when the real [Read More]

 
Reflection on Ronald Wright’s talk and Occupy Movement

Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress, spoke at UBC on Monday December 5th, 2011 (Homo sapiens: Repeat Offender).  There is no online video of the lecture, but a summary can be found here: http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/blog/ronald-wright-lecture-recap . The lecture talked about how economics and our lifestyle choices are having increasingly irreversible impacts on the environment and biodiversity.  Mass extinctions follow human migration throughout time, but now that we are all over the world it seems that all species are at risk.  In the closing remarks and question period, the [Read More]

 

Lisa’s letter has inspired me to take a broad perspective in our society and look at what it is that is leading us to forget the future.   Judging from the recent popular movies on apocalyptic scenarios of collapse and destruction, people in our society seem to really believe we are heading towards the end, or something like it. Alternatives and options are not contemplated much (see Zizek). Perhaps, the centuries of Christian faith have truly instilled in us the prophecy of apocalypse. But now, instead of praying we consume, [Read More]

 
Occupy the Media- Hannah, Sharlene, Michele

The way we see ourselves in the broader system is largely shaped by News Media agencies. By framing our lives within a specific type of social meta-narrative they have powerful effects on our political opinions and our subsequent actions in the system. As powerful shapers of the social imaginary they can be linked to the semiotic sign of a ‘source’ first ‘filtering’ then affecting through an ‘information pathway’ the ‘belief cloud’ and as a result have the potential to act like corrective processes. When we consider systems change, and especially [Read More]

 
The 99% in Perspective

This post has been produced by Sharlene and Michele. In the many and diverse voices that I hear coming out of the 99% the loudest one is calling for “more equality!” How catchy, just and noble! …But lets step aside from all these voices, take a deep breath and ponder about our position in the world… As part of the 99%, are we really so worse off? The 99%! …and the 99TH% WE don’t have to go too far to realize how lucky we are and how well off we [Read More]

 
Occupy Suburbia (and the "American Dream")

At the time that I have posted this, the most commonly used tag in this blog has certainly been “food systems.” While it is important to recognize how conventional food production has altered the way that human societies have subsided on and related to their land, there is another major way in which humans interact with their landscapes.  We inhabit them.  Now, though it is no secret that the bursting of the housing bubble and the following waves of foreclosures was tightly linked to the same financial institutions which have [Read More]

 
Mass Media and Social Networking - Keeping the Movement Alive

Now that most, if not all, Occupy encampments have been shutdown and evicted, it is interesting to see how the Movement evolves. I imagine in the time before mass media and social networking (if there was such a time) that this would probably have meant the end of the protests. But recently, since the time of the evictions, social networking and other mass media forums have been keeping the movement alive. In essence a vital life-line, the internet allowed this Movement to make a digital transition to the World Wide [Read More]

 
The Occupy Movement and How it Changed My View of the World - A Personal Perspective

 With the recent popularization of the Occupy Wall Street movement spreading across the globe, I thought I would write a short personal piece concerning the ways that the Movement changed my perceptions about this planet and humanity. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to witness the Occupy Movement first hand by attending the Occupy camp set up in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Throughout this personal perspective piece, my intentions are not to advocate for any specific side of this movement, rather, I am just telling my [Read More]

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The Future?

Occupy movement grappling with “new phase of life” – David P. Ball   Since the displacement of the camp outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, it’s evident that some people are wondering, what’s next? Here is an article from The Vancouver Observer detailing some of the possibilities that may arise even though the physical encampment has been dismantled. Despite the fact that the tents are no longer where they used to be, the ideas for change remain.   Some major points: -” ‘Organic’ global protest will continue highlighting economic inequality without [Read More]

 
Photos of the Movement

Here are a few good websites to check out for encouraging Occupy Vancouver photos, helpful to anyone curious about the action at the site. The photos depict the types of changes people are rooting for by completing this demonstration, hoping to change the system by occupying Vancouver.   CTV’s “The many faces of Occupy Vancouver”: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/gallery/html/occupying_111017/photo_0.html   Harryhammer’s Blog “Occupy Wall Street Vancouver Photo Gallery 2″: http://harryhammer.wordpress.com/occupy-wall-street-vancouver-photo-gallery-2/   BCIT Broadcast Journalism “Occupy Vancouver Photo Gallery”: http://www.bcitbroadcastnews.ca/2011/11/07/occupy-vancouver-photo-gallery/      

 
1% of our population

This link shows the 1% of our population that controls 100% of our food standing up for what they believe in. It is an interesting change and a refreshing addition to the occupy movement as the voices of local American farmers have been missing until now. These farmers are not hippies arguing for a cause that they have no interest in, but instead are hard working Americans who believe that the system is flawed and things need to be changed. This article ties in the “food systems” sections of the blog to the larger occupy movement discussions. [Read More]