Letter: Preparing for the Collapse

To the Editor:

Like many in the Upper Valley, I’m concerned about the problems of severe environmental damage, economic instability and foreseeable shortages of fossil fuel. No matter where I look, I see that the systems we depend on are increasingly stressed. Because these systems are also highly complex and interconnected, we could be in a precarious position. Any one of several vulnerabilities could lead to systemic collapse.

What might collapse look like? Tropical Storm Irene gave us a bitter taste. This past summer’s flooding has added localized pockets of damage. But what if problems were more widespread and long-lasting? What if the money wasn’t there to repair what was damaged? What if my neighborhood were the one affected next time? While state and regional organizations are working on recovery and preparation for future disasters, what can we do as individuals, neighborhoods and communities to become more resilient?

Fortunately there is a lot we can do. Transition 5 Villages and the Center for Transformational Practice, both based in Hartford, are sponsoring a series of speakers and workshops on this topic. “Collapse! Our Uncertain Future and How to Feel Good About It” provides a chance not only to learn from recognized experts, but also to connect with other nearby people and resources.

Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead, will launch the series with a free talk, “Becoming Resilient, Why and How” on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Bugbee Center in White River Junction. He will also offer a workshop the following day. (Email transformationalpractice@gmail.com for workshop details.)

If you’re someone who likes to be prepared or is merely curious, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about the potential for collapse and routes to recovery. I expect to gain a lot of practical information and resources from the discussions. Hope to see you there.

Debra L. Diegoli