(This is a repost of a message from Jeff that appeared earlier on the Earthcare subcommittee listserve. I will also add some subsequent comments that were sent.)
While I don’t agree that conversion to natural gas is the answer, I do believe this analysis is correct, and similar to our discussions. It is clear that we are running out of fossil fuel, and energy prices will destroy our economy, and, as indicated here, that is already happening, and will get dramatically worse in the very near future. The fact that Congress and the Administration aren’t even talking about this and both party’s energy plans remain focused on fossil fuel (though Obama has done some to promote alternative energy) doesn’t give much hope for a politically effective response, though it is probably too late for that.
I know I am not prepared for this. I am seriously thinking of moving somewhere (probably back to Iowa) where I can grow my own food.
I think we need to be thinking in terms of global disaster, and how (1) we can survive that ourselves and (2) what will disaster relief by Friends look like?
Even if we don’t create official Transition Towns, I believe principles of the Transition movement are the only rational response to this. I know many of us are doing many different things related to this, but the Transition Network provides a complete framework for putting all the pieces together. I would encourage each of you to arrange for your monthly meeting to see the DVD Transition 2.0, a copy of which Ken or I can get to you. I personally would like to see Transition Bear Creek, Transition Ames, Transition Decorah… I think that would help to both focus our efforts, and provide a visible witness our neighbors can see, and create their own Transition neighborhoods, or join ours. A wealth of information is available online: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/
As we start a new year, I would ask you to share what you think about this with us. I would really like this to be an active committee. Which leads to a request for your input regarding whether this subcommittee should continue as a subcommittee of Peace and Social Concerns, or whether it should be laid down, and left to Peace and Social Concerns to deal with environmental issues? I’ve appreciated the responses of a few of you in the past, indicating we should continue as a separate committee, but would like to hear what others think. This is perhaps the appropriate time to tell you that (pending approval at Midyear Meeting), I’ve agreed to be co-clerk of the Yearly Meeting Peace and Social Concerns committee, along with Sherry. So I need your help even more than ever!