Sunday, November 19, 2006

B*gger

I was reading the Australian Magazine, the colour supplement to the Weekend Australian. They had an article on survivalists.

Not the Montana Militia kind with Aryan mindsets we know and love from movies and literature. But rather the genuinely concerned normal Australians who are looking at a world running out of resources and taking steps to be able to adjust their way of life if society as we know it takes a massive hit. For example a sharp increase in Oil leading to economic depression across the globe because the supply of oil has peaked (aka the peak oil theory).

Sensible things like having a water tank installed, energy efficient transport (like a rugged bike or motorbike), learning to grow vegies, actually growing vegies, putting in fruit trees, choosing jobs that are likely to continue even in a depression such as teaching. Even to the extent of learning esoteric survival skills like plant identification and rope making should the need arise.

The people interviewed did not seem like crack pots. They were not concerned with purity this or aliens that. They instead see a world that's heading at speed for a brick wall and they're opening the car door in anticipation of a shoulder roll into the gutter.

I'm reading this just having finished the awesome novel Underground, about an Australia in 2011 that is under the emergency dictatorship of the successor to John Howard. Sure it's fiction. But it's fiction a little close to the bone. Here's a review from the Age.

In fact here's the site for the book - here.

I am not a Chicken Little. I tend to wait for facts to roll in, or at the least pretty rock solid theories, before I get worried. But I remember on the night of September 11 (was it 12 for us?) thinking how much the world was going to change for the worse.

It's getting worse. I can feel it. Environmentally and resource wise things are not looking good. And while I am a public servant, and my employment in theory is sound, cost cuttings happen and I could find myself unemployed and unable to cope in a collapsing world pretty quick smart.

Eeep.

I think I might have to think about learning how to grow vegies. I sometimes joke about how I'd be meat on the hoof for badland mutants if the world went to shit. But could that actually happen? Maybe not so much the mutants, but when you think about it that adage that society is only three meals from collapse does spring to mind...

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:33 PM

    Wish I'd bought the Australian this weekend then....
    Coz that's exactly what I'd like to learn more about - sensible precautions.

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  2. I'd be screwed without access to running water. The block of units we're living in were hurriedly finished to avoid a deadline that stated all such new developments must have rainwater tanks installed under the building.

    Doing somewhat ok on growing veges, only my reluctance to put fungicide and god knows what on them has led to less produce than might otherwise have been expected.

    But fungicides probably won't be available during the apocolypse or whatever anyway, so it's good practice!

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  3. I'll get a rainwater tank when the rebates come in, and will probably do illegal greywater (they're hard to do legally) eventually.

    Currently building a greenhouse, organising the most efficient placements for vegetables and fruit trees, will rebuild the chook shed at some point (can't decide on whether to go with bantams or not.)

    Trying to get fit enough to ride to work, a nice hybrid bike is on the cards for xmas, so that should help, got water/energy usage down to a miniscule level, next car is already planned to be a diesel with a SVO mod...

    For me, it's just an economic independence and smaller eco-footprint thing. Why buy it when you can grow it? Riding a bike is free, there's no rego, no petrol, no pollution, you get fit, it's just logical.

    The whole survivalist aspect is a side bonus (the only thing you need then is a shotty to keep the starving proles off your apple tree), but it should only be a concern for those who leave themselves vulnerable.

    ReNew magazine (from ATA) is a great resource for this stuff.

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  4. Yeah they mentioned the need for protection RE collapse. ie if you've taken precautions - Ant style - and thieving grasshopers turn up what should you do? One of the main ideas was countryside isolation.

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