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Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil Paperback – April 5, 2011
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In the latter half of the twentieth century, the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly 50 percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful, and car-dependent, energy-intensive lifestyles came hand-in-hand with this demographic transition. In the age of Peak Oil,environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.
Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution-from isolated cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns and 2-car garages to small, closely packed, productive, interdependent homesteads. Thisguide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted. From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock, to tips on cooking, heating, and sanitation options and much more, this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live.
Required reading for anyone interested in increased self-reliance and a lower carbon footprint, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs will help you look past the white picket fence to a new world of possibilities.
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The scenario of a future where we all have to get by on less due to peak oil or financial collapse is a very plausible one as is the idea that with a little preparation we can actually thrive in such a world. If in the future "Mad Max" or "The Road" is paradigm then nothing matters anyway. If on the other hand the more realistic idea that we can go back to a simpler way of living and get along without all the consumer paraphernalia that we've become accustomed to is more the case, then the author has provided a very upbeat manual for thriving in such an environment. As for me, I've come to the conclusion that even if the modern consumerist orgy of endless instant gratification continues indefinably, it's an hollow endless cycle of searching for something that can never be found at Walmart and I will be happier getting off the merry go 'round and living a simpler more sustainable lifestyle. This book is actually one of a very few that has actually motivated me to do something to improve my life, and that's a good thing.
I recycle, but until reading the book, I had ignored the two other R's (reduce and reuse) for conserving. As the author points out though, reduce is the first option for a reason. We have become a disposable society and without being preachy about conservation, this book made me reconsider my purchasing habits and lifestyle choices.
Whether the world as we know ends in 21 days, 21 months or 21 years, the fact is that our country is transforming. We cannot sustain our current style of living and in today's shifting economy, everyone can use this book to decide how they can become more self-sufficient and survive in the future.