As a society, we are dependent upon various structures to survive – from supermarkets to the National Grid. These, in turn, are dependent upon a stable climate and generally favorable macro-economic conditions. Climate change brings a real risk of these structures destabilising or collapsing, making self-sufficiency more than just an option but a necessity.
Short term, we can look at ways in which to recycle, use more sustainable transport options like cycling, and grow more food rather than buying it. But, for many, the options may seem limited – especially for those in dense urban areas, with little disposable income. This is why Climadapt believes that Self-Sufficiency Plans can make a real difference, on top of Climate Adaptation Assessments, since they identify relevant opportunities according to your situation and connect you to ways in which you can reduce living costs, whilst achieving better sustainability.
Being more self-sufficient is about moving away from a globalised model of intensified mass production: where food is produced and distributed like factory goods, where there are high levels of waste, and where CO2 emissions are soaring. Self-sufficiency means a return to localism and community, individual empowerment and re-connection to nature.
Self-Sufficiency Plans can be provided for individuals and households at just £75; for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, we can offer a limited number for free.
On a practical level, our Self-Sufficiency Plans provide a detailed summary of opportunities you can access and changes you can make. It could be joining a local community garden or allotment, getting better awareness of recycling options, or even access to financial support to help you.
Our current focus is on Glasgow and Scotland, but if you are based in other areas we can also look at options available to you.
It is said that the modern world engenders disconnection from nature. Increasingly, we have lost touch with Earth’s natural processes, believing ourselves to be separate from them and somehow immune from the impacts of ecological destruction. Now we are learning just how big a mistake that is proving to be.
Across the world, there are local communities and ecological centers that are doing their best in moving towards a zero carbon, fully self-sufficient model. Such places have much to teach, because most people – especially those born in urban areas – have no knowledge or experience of growing their own food, composting, animal husbandry, and living without all the aids of modern technology. In the long term, we need to change that.
Our reconnecting initiative is a partnership with ecological centers to provide placements and training for people who want to discover, learn and practice the things that have been forgotten by modern society. The same things that our ancestors practiced for thousands of years. We hope, some day, to support and create additional self-sufficient communities and ecological centers, providing a range of training to people so that they can take new paths in life and disseminate what they have learned to others.
Please get in touch to find out more.