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doves of peaceful prosperity for a post-growth world


January 9th: got my daily constitutional walk in before the rain swept in to drive me indoors! Damp but mild day today, unlike what is happening in central and Eastern Europe at the moment, where extreme cold, with plenty of ice and snow, is causing havoc. It’s the kind of cold that should be in the Arctic, but isn’t because the Arctic is dominated by extremely mild weather, pushing the cold weather southwards over Siberia and Europe. Yet another aspect of the ‘global weirding’ going on as climate systems around the world become disrupted due to global warming.

Another type of global weirding is going on within the political world as political parties and leaders with, at best, a very tenuous grasp upon rational, evidence-based policy-making either take power or are on the threshold of taking power. The accession of Donald Trump as US President comes ever nearer, and with it a rising sense of dread and foreboding in the minds of many people, myself included. They say truth is stranger than fiction, and that’s never more true than now, as one novelist has discussed in an article I read today.

Events like these are likely to produce a rate of change over the next few years that is faster and more transformational than any change that I, or anybody else, will have seen in their lifetimes so far. Climate, politics, society, economics, and more, will all change radically over the next few years in ways so profound and unexpected that the resilience of all of us will be challenged to the utmost.

But what can help us maximise resilience, or at least to simply cope with all the change happening? Fortunately, there are people who have thought deeply about how to deal with the collapse of existing social and economic systems in the wake of climate change, peak oil, and financial disasters. One such person was the late David Fleming, who produced a magnus opus in his book Lean Logic, which is, in effect, a primer for thinking through how we might survive the future, and do so in a way which gives us prosperity and well-being despite lack of economic growth and without environmental destruction.  I can’t rate this book high enough: it is the most comprehensive, thorough, deeply researched, yet easily readable book on sustainability I’ve ever come across, full of practical suggestions and proposals for creating, right now, the lean society that can survive the difficult times ahead. Like the doves I saw today in the dovecote I walked past, peaceful thoughts of a thriving future fly through the mind after reading such a visionary book as this!

doves calmly sitting on a dovecote –

vision of a peaceful world  –

lightens my step on a dull winter’s day walk.

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