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Action Ideas: Budgeting & Debt Reduction

Resilience Circles can be a place where we support one another to get our personal financial situations in better shape. Below are some of the activities that clubs have done to support one another. 1. Assess Your Debt Take inventory of your debt.  Is your debt a serious issue?  Take this confidential Debtor’s Anonymous quiz […]

Homework for Session 5: Crash Course in Resilience, by Sarah Van Gelder (Optional)

From YES! Magazine, Fall 2010 We can strengthen our communities and ourselves to prepare for the uncertain world of failing economies, climate change, and oil depletion. To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival. —Wendell Berry When we are no longer able to change a […]

Homework for Session 6: No More Band-Aid Solutions to the Financial Crisis: We Need to Build an Economy that Works, by David Korten

Excerpt from Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, 2nd Edition, 2010 Treat the System, Not the Symptom As a student in business school, I learned a basic rule of effective problem solving that has shaped much of my professional life. Our professors constantly admonished us to “look at the big […]

Homework for Session 6: Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, by Juliet Schor

“Plenitude is about transition.  Change doesn’t happen overnight.  Creating a sustainable economy will take decades, and this is a strategy for prospering during that shift.  The beauty of the approach is that it is available right now.” – Juliet Schor I. THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES WE FACE Juliet Schor argues in her book Plenitude that a […]

Video: Smart Security, Not War

This video describes out of control military spending that gobbles up most of our tax revenues and fails to create jobs or real security.

From Field to Skyscraper: Tomorrow’s Farms

Imagine a world in which we could grow our food by sustainable methods, produce and distribute enough for everyone, and repair the heavy ecological damage inflicted by today’s farms. Can we realize this vision if we continue farming as we have for the past 10,000 years? Dr. Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm (https://www.verticalfarm.com/), […]

Petroleum-Based Products: A Partial List

plastic forks, plastic wrap, plastics, plywood adhesives, refrigerators, roller-skate wheels, …

Global Temperature Change Graphic

Graph of global annual surface temperatures relative to 1951-1980 mean temperature. Air and ocean data from weather stations, ships and satellites. The 2007 point is the 11-month anomaly. NASA GISS Image.

Video: Transition to a World Without Oil, a TED Talk with Rob Hopkins

What if Climate Change is a Big Hoax?