The Lawns to Gardens *Quick* Peak Oil Soft Landing Program

June 6, 2007 at 11:09 am 3 comments

crash program

Ok everyone… call me an alarmist, but the cyclone that has slammed into the Middle East could be a catalyst of collapse. The experts are all on high alert, and oil shipment delays are now a reality. What this means is potential stock market crashes, money losing value, prices skyrocketing, fuel shortages – and general cessation of our supposed “well oiled machine”.

*UPDATE* – The cyclone is weakening, and it appears while there are delays, the oil infrastructure is intact. While some people may read this blog and dismiss any single incident that could cause sever disruptions to modern conveniences provided by energy, I say this:

The point is that we are at Peak Oil. Supply and demand are so tight right now that any disruptions to the flow of oil can cause any of the generally predicted Peak Oil “Oh Shit!” moments. While this weather incident may not cause the house of cards to come down, we cannot wait for that event to occur. Preparation is key, and there is no time to spare.

So what to do? Here’s a soft landing plan, as simple as can be:

1) Don’t freak out, we have plans to switch over from oil to something else… it will just take a while to adjust.
People have lived without fossil fuels for most of humanity’s existence. Get over yourself and realize you will have to work for your food from now on. It’s actually tons of fun! Get some supplies, but don’t cause chaos at the stores – there is plenty of time to remain orderly and calm. We have enough food and water in the city for everyone, and peanut butter lasts for a long time. If you try to hoard, you’ll only piss people off. But do buy lots of food plant seeds for you and your neighbors.

2) Stop and assess what land you’ve got access to.
Do you have a yard? Do you know someone with a yard? The number one thing to do is find a place to start turning into a food garden. Rip out what you need to to make room for food crops.

3) Go introduce yourself to your neighbors.
Once the word gets out that something is very wrong, people will be ready to hear from you. Bring something with you to present to them, like a couple packets of seeds… it makes a nice introductory gift. The best part? You can do it easily by taking two simple steps:

1) Register at Carpool Crew – it helps you find cool neighbors!
2) Create a social network for your neighborhood here is an example

4) Take time to think about the ways your life will be changing for the better.
I know this is traumatic for you, because I’ve experienced it first hand. I have been through this… and it’s shocking. I think when my brother Chris chose to end his own life, it shocked me into realizing how fragile we are, and how nothing is real except for you and your relationship with the earth.

5) Get ready to volunteer to help farmers make up for the shortfall of fuel
Youth Farmer Volunteers
We did it back in the day, and we’ll need to do it again. Volunteers can load up on school buses and head for the fields! It will be a lot like summer camp, and everyone should participate, rich or poor. (HINT: If it’s a have to do, then make it fun! Whistle while you work or rock out on an i-pod while sewing seeds).

Why all this huffing and puffing about a crash program?

Because money is not real. We as humans choose to assign value to it – but you can’t eat money.
Food, shelter, and water are real. And you require those to live.

So as the oil shocks begin to set in, realize there are people all over the world who have been preparing for this moment – the big crash. The best part is that it’s all a state of mind. The reason sports teams win is not just their athletic performace, but anyone who knows how to win understands it’s mostly in their ATTITUDE.

You can make this change. You must make this change.

It’s a different world now, and I will help everyone as much as I can. In the meantime, I’m going to eat some lunch provided by my own garden. And if this doesn’t turn out to be anything… we should still be preparing for when something does!


Entry filed under: Activism, Economic Collapse, Energy Crash, Solutions, Videos.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gale Whitaker  |  June 7, 2007 at 8:22 am

    You’ve got to be kidding. Read the blogs at The only reason there are 6.5 billion people on earth is because of cheap carbon energy. As the oil supply starts to wane billions of people are going to die. Think about this, no amount of gardening is going to keep billions of people warm in the winter.

  • 2. peakoilboy  |  June 7, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Bathrobes and blankets. Warm your body, not the cave. Humans did it for millions of years.

  • 3. Jeremy  |  June 13, 2007 at 11:30 am

    If we seriously get busy re-designing how we grow food and start creating coppice forests we will go a long way towards buffering the coming changes.

    I would add that restoring the forests in the headwaters and in the urban areas start working in fruit and nut trees every freaking place that we aren’t using for annual gardening would also be extremely useful.


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