Luke’s collapse scenarios : Long emergency

Medium term – Slow decline: everything becomes un-affordable:

– Need to share income in order to pay taxes, rents. Need to come up
with an equitable way to trade labour or something else between people
who are still working and people with no income – will need people to
abandon their “useless dole-bludger” programming!
– use electricity only for lighting, phone charging. Possibly share with
neighbors to cut connection fees. Possibly use own infrastructure of
solar or manual generators and batteries
– minimal use of water – bucket bathing to minimise disease, solar hot
water from garden hose + glass on roof / road
– minimal use of gas – cooking only; learn low energy cooking (stew in
insulated boxes etc), raw food if edible!
– solar cooking or preparation of energy intensive food e.g. dried beans
when the sun is out
– food dehydration for storage – solar dehydrators
– Water filtration – use charcoal, earthenware, ???
– Water storage – adapt backyard pools, hot water tanks (becoming less
common), plastic sheet plus timber/steel/fencing frame, etc
– Share facilities where possible – neighbors with solar hot water could
offer weekly shower. Need a way to make this seem acceptable and limit
time/water use.
– Backyard, guerilla gardening – take over un-maintained public spaces.
Need watering systems that can be left alone for a while, source of
seeds / seedlings
– Share housing – move in with family or friends; negotiation skills and
psychology important here…
– Some staple foods will still need transportation and finance – farmers
co-ops, fuel hoarding for currency?
– Composting toilets, vermiculture for nutrient cycling
– Tent cities as people can’t afford rent / mortgages; need to provide
security, toilets, water, lighting of public areas. Gas light? Solar? Or
just mains power + car batteries for blackouts?
– Entertainment – e.g. movie nights, games etc, for groups of people
when there’s nothing to do (no work, too dangerous outside). Show people
how to make simple musical instruments and how to learn to play them
– Shared computer equipment to allow communications / education /
knowledge sharing. Ad-hoc Internet connections, especially in tent cities.
– Transport needs to work at a human scale again. People will need to
travel for work, food etc. Car pooling, semi-trailer buses (Cuba-style),
possibly continue to use existing mass transit for a while, but it will
run down eventually. Bikes for short distances / small loads. Mostly
walking; bikes, cars, trains etc break without constant maintenance, so
shoe repairs will be important!

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