How should we act and think economically in the world as the era of cheap oil comes to an end? The Approaching Great Transformation begins to answer this massive question, focusing on the people and communities already at work on the transition: energy descent pioneers in the UK and the US educating their communities about the road ahead, small enterprises defying traditional “profit” in favor of permanence and sustainability, and cities preparing for a post carbon future.
Joel Magnuson speaks on his latest work, highlighting case studies in community transitions and the work of thinkers like John Ruskin and E. F. Schumacher.
This is not a call to survivalism. But it is a call to self-reliance of the kind that societies have historically depended upon and which could dramatically cut mortality in a natural disaster such as a Cascadia subduction-zone earthquake.