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Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front Paperback – September 1, 2008
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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 housing is disappearing.
Depletion and Abundance explains how we are living beyond our means with or without a peak oil/climate change crisis and that, either way, we must learn to place our families and local communities at the center of our thinking once again. The author presents strategies to create stronger homes, better health and a richer family life and to
- live comfortably with an uncertain energy supply
- prepare children for a hotter, lower energy, less secure world
- survive and thrive in an economy in crisis, and
- maintain a kitchen garden to supply basic food needs.
Most importantly, readers will discover that depletion can lead to abundance, and the anxiety of these uncertain times can be turned into a gift of hope and action.
An unusual family perspective on the topic, this book will appeal to all those interested in securing a future for their children and grandchildren.(2008-05-07)
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Though there are wonderful sections in the book about family and community and the positives that can come out of being forced to change our global lifestyles, the overwhelming feeling is one of foreboding and doom.
ps. Re-reading this review I felt that I needed to add a disclaimer. Though I don't like to read the 'worst possible case' scenarios because I tend to be a bit of a worrier (ok, I can make myself sick with worry) maybe most people NEED to be frightened into changing their behavior since that may be the only way they WILL change. I've discovered over the last few months in discussing some of the issues Sharon brings up in her book that doing something out of purely altruistic motives is truly unique. Most people have to be pushed to make even small adjustments in their lifestyles. I will be recommending this book to that crowd.