One Thousandth of One Percent

The recent worldwide economic crash eliminated vast fortunes. The recovery has led to increasing wealth concentration in the hands of oligarchs. Ordinary people have sacrificed everything to feed the growth occurring in the upper echelons of corporate wealth. I don’t know enough about all other countries to say, but in The United States of America, many of these same corporate “interests” receive vast subsidies, from all day childcare in the form of our schools, transportation networks, disruption of home life (due to paying poor wages, needing two jobs to cover the bills, etc.) as well as a variety of more insidious payments (like when a company can pay such poor wages, that their employees are eligible for govt. assistance. Top “earners” from the wealth generated through the exploitation of those who actually do the work is nothing less than obscene.
The reason I mention it in a site devoted to Permaculture, is that whatever one can do to not feed money into that abyss, not bow at the deity of extraction. Local choices, the ones that cost the least and save the most are, by definition the only sustainable ways.
Concurrent with the recent run up in the wealth pyramid, which now tapers needle thin, there has been a vilification of public employees and workers generally. The reality is that the pension benefits of public was “sold” into the fraudulent mortgage securities scam which led to the collapse. We must find a reset button, wherein the investors, who have given their lives, would become the beneficiaries of reinvestment fees from the uber-elite.
Permaculture redefines land stewardship of any kind, it steps away from the cycle of exploitation that “modern” agriculture foists upon the land, the farmer and land owners of all types. The choices we have are simple. Spend wildly, hoping some of our dollars fall into the hands, as if by magic, the fruits of our labors will stay local, or not buy anything, re-use, use it up, share the benefits, re-purpose, repair, or regularly maintain things to keep them up, if that won’t work, compost it if possible: if not, send it to be recycled.
A second major way to step away from “un-sustainability”, is to conserve energy. Billions of BTUs of wasted energy can be held in reserve, not burned up for nothing, not having to be paid for through environmental catastrophes, left in the ground, simply by using energy wisely.
Distributing the abundance that comes from nourishing the planet is a very real concern.
If we put enough attention into building the soils, we can have thousands of times as much biomass living around us as we represent in the biosphere. All life is just a living water storage device. Where I live, ten years ago, there was no soil to speak of. The clay was so lifeless and compacted that shovels would bounce off. Now we have toads. Our garden alone yielded many times our body weight in useful food, living “friends” who hold water, moderating both sun and wind. In my choices, regarding how to manage land, wherever it is, I would rather add biochar, than spread a fertilizer, open the soil up so that air could get in, rather than compact the soil or reestablish a native tree than take out a single mineral. I would rather compost than buy topsoil, find a large rock than buy concrete and take the time to enjoy doing it more than if I had climbed into a car.


About otherfishwrap

One of the last of the Baby Boomers, I remember where I was when JFK was shot. Good story. Born during the Cuban Missile Crisis, my life has been spent studying, practicing skills and attitudes that reflect justice and the sanctity of Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit. Trained as an educator, my life has been devoted to cultural development and social justice.
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