Durable Living Arrangements in Response to the Twin Sides of the Fossil-Fuel Coin
Riverside Public Library
Responding to the phenomena of economic contraction and climate change — the twin sides of the fossil-fuel coin — is both personal and societal. Focusing on what humans need to thrive seems an imperative first step as we transition away from fossil fuels in light of ongoing climate change.
Humans have relied upon four attributes during our two million years on the planet: clean water, healthy food, the ability to maintain body temperature at a safe level, and a decent and loving human community. These attributes have allowed us not merely to survive, but to thrive.
Guy McPherson left his tenured position at a major research university to develop a comprehensive set of durable living arrangements.
Guy McPherson is professor emeritus of natural resources and the environment at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for twenty award-winning years. His scholarly work, which has for many years focused on conservation of biological diversity, has produced 10 books and more than 100 articles. He lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house where he puts into practice his lifelong interest in sustainable living via organic gardening, raising small animals for eggs and milk, and working with members of his rural community.
McPherson developed a comprehensive set of durable living arrangements in response to the ongoing collapse of the industrial economy and global climate change. He shares property in a rural area developed specifically to provide abundant supplies of food and water as well as maintaining comfortable body temperature in the absence of fossil fuels.