Transitional Times Training for the Individual
Ever have one of those days when you read about peak oil and natural gas, hear about how climate change will affect food production and wonder if your pension will still be around when you retire? These can be scary and unsettling times. It can be hard to decide how and where to start preparing for an unpredictable future.
Cam’s new “Transitional Times Training” is a customized, one-on-one program to help you and your family navigate the uncertain waters we’re in. You need to make your family more resilient and able to deal with the shocks the system will be encountering. Some of the solutions will be fun and fulfilling. Some of the questions you’ll have to ask yourself will make you uncomfortable and you’ll work through scenarios you hope you’ll never have to deal with. But the hard questions have to be asked and a strategy formed.
How do you heat your home? How do you earn your income? Where are you at in terms of debt versus savings? Are you spending in ways that make you more independent and resilient to shocks? Do you have skills relevant to what the future holds?
Sometimes you need an outside, impartial person to look at your situation and consider it critically. Cam has lived independently of most traditional structures like the gas and power grid and employment for more than a decade and brings with him the perspective of someone who has looked at challenging times and developed a strategy. He’s done it while earning an income well below the median Canadian income. You don’t need to be rich to deal with a challenging future.
These can seem like precarious times, but most of us have the financial and emotional resources to make ourselves resilient, you just need a little outside push to get you on the right track.
Transitional Times Training for Communities
Everyone will be affected by peak oil and corresponding increases in all forms of energy. Many towns and cities are being proactive and working to develop a strategy to deal with the coming challenges. This can seem like an overwhelming endeavor, but it will be worth the effort. Towns that have a plan in place to deal with dwindling supplies and increased prices will be most resilient to shocks that will accompany the uncertain times ahead.
This workshop is designed to work with members of the community to develop a strategy unique to their community to allow for the transition to a low carbon future. First we’ll decide on your communities’ strengths and create an inventory of resources that we can draw on. Next we’ll decide where your community may be most vulnerable. Do most people commute to work outside of the community? Do people heat with natural gas, which could suffer price spikes or shortages? Is most food brought into the community from outside? Are there local jobs? We can then prioritize the greatest challenges and develop a plan to determine in which order to tackle them in.
We’ll also plan the right way to introduce these concepts to the community to ensure that local people will understand and “buy in” to the strategy. This will include support from other institutions, groups and local governments.
At the end of the day we will have an inventory of community assets, a list of potential challenges and a strategy to increase community members’ awareness of the problems and their enthusiasm to get involved and become part of the solution.
As someone who resides near a small town I’ve spent many years actively developing this type of awareness and action plan locally and I am intimately aware of the challenges and some of the techniques that work best. I have also spent many years researching the magnitude of the potential challenges of fossil fuel depletion, especially on a rural community. My unique perspective and experience plus my enthusiasm for creating solutions to the task at hand will ensure a positive outcome for your community and you’ll be successful in developing a plan for moving forward in challenging times.
If you are interested in exploring these topics with Cam, please email michelle at gmail dot com for more information.