Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil

By Wendy Brown

In the latter 1/2 the 20th century, the proportion of the whole American inhabitants dwelling in suburbs grew to almost fifty percentage. Fossil fuels have been affordable and ample, and car-dependent, energy-intensive life got here hand in hand with this demographic transition. within the age of height Oil, environmental disaster, and a failing economic system, it's important that we rework the suburbs into sustainable communities.

Surviving the Apocalypse within the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution—from remoted cookie cutter homes with manicured lawns and two-car garages to small, heavily packed, effective, interdependent homesteads. This consultant to simplifying suburbia and adopting a decrease strength way of life breaks down all our simple wishes and describes how they may be met after the lack of the fashionable conveniences we at the moment take without any consideration. From small-space gardening ideas and a consultant to small farm animals to tips about cooking and heating, sanitation thoughts, and lots more and plenty extra, it is a whole consultant to turning into extra self-sufficient anyplace you live.

Required studying for an individual drawn to elevated self-reliance and a decrease carbon footprint, Surviving the Apocalypse within the Suburbs can assist you glance previous the white wood fence to a brand new international of possibilities.

Wendy Brown is a suburban homesteader transforming into roots (both actually and figuratively) in southern Maine the place she and her kin have made the transition from a very established, consumerist way of life to at least one of dwelling debt-free in a snug, extra effective domestic in a fascinating situation with a bountiful garden.

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