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We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option


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We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option

Jeff Biggers
IOWA CITY—The arrival of Hurricane Michael on the heels of the landmark IPCC climate report is a reminder that climate "adaptation" is no longer a viable option.
Adapting to a failed system in an age of climate change, as the devastation from Hurricane Michael attests, is failure, not adaptation.

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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

replace

Federal Government Actions

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Discontinue night baseball

Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Recycle maximally

Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Maximize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

Promote limiting world population growth


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Fine article.

What Biggers calls for sounds like what permaculturist Rob Hopkins called “Transition towns.” Starting with the transition town in Totnes, England, he has started a significant movement, with participating towns around the globe working towards regenerative permaculture-designed cities, suburbs, and townships.

I have not seen anything so encouraging as these ideas and movements in a very long time, despite considerable search. It’s quite easy to investigate just a little, and there are plenty of opportunities to jump in fully.


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Awesome exhaustive list!
You don’t have to move to a clean city to take action.

I might only add: Avoid excess packaging. You can do this by purchasing raw, and buying bulk.


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But we have to do both–rework our energy profile, meanwhile rebuild for safety from the higher winds, the bigger rainfalls, and the rising oceans. Everyone in the world working on energy measures is not going to cause an immediate absolute reversal.
This guy in Mexico Beach built the only house that is still standing:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/among-the-ruins-of-mexico-beach-stands-one-house-built-%e2%80%98for-the-big-one%e2%80%99/ar-BBOobXS?li=BBnb7Kz