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Articles in "The Road to Resilience"

In addition to our personal and local work, we need to keep pushing for the creation of a sustainable, low energy economy. I’ve been wanting to write about why we, as a species, fail to plan ahead, in the light of the very probable disastrous consequences of climate change.  A little story might help you see it the way I do.

Recent changes made or proposed for our public transit system reflect trends that are likely to continue as our production of fossil fuels decreases and prices rise. 

As of June 11, Sound Transit Route 560 (Fauntleroy/Seatac) no longer serves the dock between 9AM and 3PM or after 6PM.  

The bicycle is the simplest, most efficient, and elegant machine ever invented to move people over land at the local level.  Biking is the predominant mode to transport people in the world. 

I recently received a response from a reader wanting to know what I mean by resilience.  So, I decided that I would give you the whole nine yards.  Don’t stop reading!  There is actually some interesting stuff to know about this concept. 

In  last week’s column on Local Currency and  in previous ones, I’ve called for the relocalization of our Vashon economy as a hedge against the economic disturbances to come as a result of diminishing resources.  I’d like to continue that discussion.

Islanders responded to the recent opening of Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union by opening accounts already totaling more than 2 million dollars. Clearly, many of us consider it important that our money be invested exclusively in our community.

As we approach the growing season, remember that one of the best things you can do to sustain your family in an uncertain future is to grow a vegetable garden.  This week, I’m deviating from the usual format to bring a timely message.  If you are considering buying seeds, I have some important information for you to consider before making your purchase.