In the urgency of surviving economic crises, energy crises, unemployment and global warming, there are small and large revolutions around the world. Before we go into post-2012 apocalyptic prophecies, let’s take a look at the different postures that exist – from the most accessible (which can make your life more creative and cheaper) to the most radical ones, such as the “preppers “(” Those who are preparing “for a sinister future; the term comes from the verb to prepare in English, to prepare); This group inspires a mixture of fascination and horror.
A prepper displays your stock of food and survival items. Preparing for Armageddon. Source: PressTV
In the longing for a sustainable future, there are various levels of consciousness. Socialist, selfish, paranoid and realistic. You can not put everyone in the same bag – not even the preppers themselves. There are numerous examples for the planet. The people who dream of abolishing the automobile (and I include myself here, seeking only to ride public transport, bicycle, canoe, cable car …), people who avoid products from very distant origins (worried about the impact of global trade on the planet, and local economies) or those who avoid animal derivatives, vegans (believing that animals deserve more dignity than common sense believes); there are also groups that are pursuing practices and local economies, creating parallel currencies, in alternative communities, ecological villages, etc. Yes, groups that locally escape from the official currency of the country to use their own ballots, in a correction of values that values individual work and not the consumption or exploitation of the work of others (for example, in Wikipedia there is a page listing these communities only in the USA ). And the first eco-village we know of is in Scotland, the Findhorn, set up in the 1980s.
Findhorn, Scotland, considered the first eco-village in the world. Source: Findhorn.org
And as it could not be, it is in the (even today) most powerful economy in the world, the United States, that are several examples of all these trends. Innovative or unbelievable, the preppers are gearing up for the worst. Moving to more isolated neighborhoods, they try to live off the grid, bothering the big corporations and federal authorities. They store food, first aid and animals for slaughter, practice target shooting, and who knows what else. Several sites and documentaries deal with the subject (most of them in English only). A National Geographic program shows how some Americans are training themselves and their children to defend their homes and food from neighbors (this chapter is simply as-sus-ta-dor).
“Doomsday preppers” by Nat Geo
To this day, I have identified more with the initiatives of the local currencies, found in several countries of the world. Here in The Hague I participate in Time / Bank (or Time Bank), a system of exchange of favors and goods, based on time to accomplish it. That is, one hour of my time writing, can be paid by someone who gave an hour of yoga, for example, who in turn was paid by another who made an hour of translation and so on. What seems strange at first sight is justified in good faith in equating different works, because deep down we are all the same and want to eat and live as anyone. Of course, being able to make those purchases of the month with these bills is still far from becoming a reality. But in several events already held by the Time / Bank community, we could exchange: a half-hour note for a plate of food! What is important is that these ideas are being implemented and tested in various parts of the world. Bypassing the dependence on money, be it the euro, the dollar, the real, local solutions are sought for global crises.
Time / Bank notes valid in several cities in Europe
In my last stay in Rio, recently, I saw a small, anonymous, even derisory, tendency of some individuals who only go by bicycle. A friend architect, another designer / DJ and another owner of a small restaurant. People who do not even know each other, and are often in tune, making their little revolutions, without any flag. In replacing gasoline with calories – especially if you think about the insanity that is the traffic in Rio – they are gaining time and still getting in shape. I was moved to hear their stories, how they cross from the south to Tijuca, in adverse and always risky conditions, almost every day – they are already survivors! Yes, there are a lot of people battling for it in Brazil. But we know that the fight for cycling in the country goes badly and slowly, there is a lot of ignorance, laziness and resistance in relation to the creation of cycle paths, the recognition of the bicycle as a true means of transportation and not only of leisure. The installation of shared bicycles in Rio demonstrated a huge