Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’
MARIGOT, St. Martin — At dawn, people began to gather, quietly planning for survival after Hurricane Irma. They started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance: water, crackers, fruit. But by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, as groups of people, some of them armed, swooped in and took whatever of value was left: electronics, appliances and vehicles. “All the food is gone now,” Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident of St. Martin, said in an interview on Sunday. “People are fighting in the streets for what is left.” In the few, long days since Irma pummeled the northeast Caribbean, killing more than two dozen people and leveling 90 percent of the buildings on some islands, the social fabric has begun to fray in some of the hardest-hit communities. ….. The Cuban government immediately began relief efforts, deploying security forces in large numbers to the hardest-hit areas, along with convoys of trucks carrying food and heavy equipment to help remove debris. “Cuba is very organized,” said Orlando Eorlsando, 53, as he replaced his front door with bloated plywood in Havana. “The priority of the government is to keep people safe and preserve life.” While the Cuban response seemed to be a well-oiled machine, elsewhere in the Caribbean the government reaction has been halting, critics say. …. Although there have been no reported fatalities or casualties, Havana awoke Sunday morning to substantial damage. The capital’s inhabitants, who spent the night in darkness after authorities cut power as a precaution, found fallen trees, mangled lampposts, and smashed water tanks. Floodwaters reached more than 600 yards into the city. …
– New York Times: Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’.
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis – feeding the population – and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. This film tells the story of the Cuban people’s hardship, ingenuity, and triumph over sudden adversity – through cooperation, conservation, and community.
Havana, Cuba — At the Organipónico de Alamar, a neighborhood agriculture project, a workers’ collective runs a large urban farm, a produce market and a restaurant. Hand tools and human labor replace oil-driven machinery. Worm cultivation and composting create productive soil. Drip irrigation conserves water, and the diverse, multi-hued produce provides the community with a rainbow of healthy foods.
» Community Solution: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Resilience: Review by Permaculture Activist.
» Documentary: Prime Amir; Jane Norman.
» IG: 17-05-08_sanctions-selfsufficiencylessonspeakoil.
Eating Fossil Fuels.
Human beings (like all other animals) draw their energy from the food they eat. Until the last century, all of the food energy available on this planet was derived from the sun through photosynthesis. Either you ate plants or you ate animals that fed on plants, but the energy in your food was ultimately derived from the sun.
It would have been absurd to think that we would one day run out of sunshine. No, sunshine was an abundant, renewable resource, and the process of photosynthesis fed all life on this planet. It also set a limit on the amount of food that could be generated at any one time, and therefore placed a limit upon population growth. Solar energy has a limited rate of flow into this planet. To increase your food production, you had to increase the acreage under cultivation, and displace your competitors. There was no other way to increase the amount of energy available for food production. Human population grew by displacing everything else and appropriating more and more of the available solar energy.
Considering the utter necessity of population reduction, there are three obvious choices awaiting us.
We can-as a society-become aware of our dilemma and consciously make the choice not to add more people to our population. This would be the most welcome of our three options, to choose consciously and with free will to responsibly lower our population. However, this flies in the face of our biological imperative to procreate. It is further complicated by the ability of modern medicine to extend our longevity, and by the refusal of the Religious Right to consider issues of population management. And then, there is a strong business lobby to maintain a high immigration rate in order to hold down the cost of labor. Though this is probably our best choice, it is the option least likely to be chosen.
Failing to responsibly lower our population, we can force population cuts through government regulations. Is there any need to mention how distasteful this option would be? How many of us would choose to live in a world of forced sterilization and population quotas enforced under penalty of law? How easily might this lead to a culling of the population utilizing principles of eugenics?
This leaves the third choice, which itself presents an unspeakable picture of suffering and death. Should we fail to acknowledge this coming crisis and determine to deal with it, we will be faced with a die-off from which civilization may very possibly never revive. We will very likely lose more than the numbers necessary for sustainability. Under a die-off scenario, conditions will deteriorate so badly that the surviving human population would be a negligible fraction of the present population. And those survivors would suffer from the trauma of living through the death of their civilization, their neighbors, their friends and their families. Those survivors will have seen their world crushed into nothing.
The questions we must ask ourselves now are, how can we allow this to happen, and what can we do to prevent it? Does our present lifestyle mean so much to us that we would subject ourselves and our children to this fast approaching tragedy simply for a few more years of conspicuous consumption?
» From the Wilderness: Eating Fossile Fuels [archive.is/oxnh]
» SQSwans: Reports: Pfeiffer: Eating Fossil Fuels.
» IG: 17-05-08_sanctions-selfsufficiencylessonspeakoil.
Ecology of Peace National Security Definition:
Prior to Ecology of Peace international law social contract: The EoP definition of National Security is ‘the necessity of individuals (A) sincerely concerned about (i) protecting and conserving natural resources; (ii) honourable resolution of national and international overpopulation/consumption racial, religious, gender & class inter-cultural resource war conflict; to enable citizens to non-violently return to living sustainably below ecological carrying capacity limits; (iii) to cooperate to (B) implement an Ecology of Peace international law social contract that requires all the worlds citizens to breed and consume below ecological carrying capacity limits; and eliminate cheaters from the planetary genepool; allowing for orderly humane deindustrialization and depopulation.
Subsequent to the implementation of an Ecology of Peace international law social contract: EoP Intnl Law National Security Definition Draft: Planetary security and hence National security is defined as ‘the necessity of individuals, families and nation states to unconditionally co-operate to (A) protect the Ecology of Peace international law social contract so as to (i) sustainably protect and conserve natural resources in accordance to local and national carrying capacity limits and (ii) restrict national and international inter-cultural resource war conflict; by (B) requiring their citizens to (a) monitor other individuals, tribes, or nation’s procreation and consumption behaviours to verify they are breeding and/or consuming below ecological carrying capacity limits; (b) report breeding and/or consumption cheater individual, family or national scarcity combatant violators to appropriate local or international authorities; and (c) eliminate convicted breeding and/or consumption scarcity combatant cheaters from the planetary genepool. [Updated 06.05.2017: Edited for clarity]
— EoP v WiP NWO Neg: 20 Sep: Eeben Barlow’s Military and Security Blog: The Dangers of Ignoring Strategic Intelligence.
» EoP v WiP NWO Neg: EoP v WiP National Security: eop-v-wip-natsec.
» IG: 17-06-05_odni-ru-uselectionhacking-vadmmcdonald.