Culture Change
20 September 2020
The Hope of Occupy In the Face of Backlash
by Jan Lundberg   
adios Santa Cruz garden
Bank and land occupations in Santa Cruz -- it's not over yet, by a long shot

Occupy Santa Cruz has had in three days three major setbacks. Perhaps they were fruitless attempts to set back the movement.  The last one in the series, that the police wish to pull off today Wednesday Dec. 7, is the eviction and dismantling of the tent city of Occupiers (and previously homeless folk) downtown at San Lorenzo Park by the river.  [Update: the tent city was partly abandoned by dark Wednesday, and the police came in after 7 AM, arresting six people]

Review: Songs of Petroleum by Jan Lundberg
by Frank Kaminski   
Note: this review appeared five weeks ago in Mud City Press and Energy Bulletin.

Songs of Petroleum: The Autobiography of Jan Lundberg, Independent oil Industry Analyst and Eco-Activist
By Jan C. Lundberg
391 pp. Culture Change Press – April 2011. $18.00.

Jan Lundberg is a former oil analyst turned whistleblower and rock musician. Lundberg’s memoir, Songs of Petroleum, delves deeply into the goings-on at his family's oil market-research firm, Lundberg Survey, from when he was growing up to when he took charge of the company.

A Shadow Climate Regime
by Robert Engelman   

“There should be recognition that per-capita rather than national emissions are the logical and fair basis for assessing proportionality, determining who bears the greatest responsibility for cutting emissions, and allocating emissions constraints.”

Publisher's Note: On Dec. 1, Robert Engelman, president of the Worldwatch Institute, unveiled his promising proposal for breaking through the nation-oriented, stalled climate treaty process.

Good News for Mother Earth and You: When Our Division Is Over
by Jan Lundberg   
" may be convinced we have already sealed our fate and that humans may well go extinct possibly in a matter of decades, tracking the worst potential climate chaos. So why bother to hang around and breathe out your carbon dioxide? Do you really believe that instead of our waking up -- I refer to the 90% (?) who are not yet ecologically conscious enough to act for a healthy Earth -- we will be walking around like zombies, dropping like flies, without coming together to put up a fight to protect Earth's life support systems?"
The Challenge of Unity Amidst Economic Crisis and the End of Growth
by Jan Lundberg   
An error of the Occupy movement might come back to haunt us all after possible short-term victories. Identifying and vilifying the extremely wealthy class is not a solution in itself. While it is important to realize the truth of income disparity and address its causes, no one seems to have a realistic program to take back almost all the wealth of "the 1%" and reorganize society to share it.

In my previous essay I showed how today's inflated, vast monetary wealth is false and will disappear, and that it cannot be redistributed under our form of economy when its entire foundation is sinking.

Erasing/Seizing Wealth of "The 1%" Cannot Create Viable Middle Class or Solve Sustainability Crisis
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageThere may well be a revolution, peaceful or otherwise, based on the outrageous income disparity perpetrated by greedy, non-civic minded capitalists. However, even if their vast monetary wealth were turned over to "the 99%," divided equally and put to good uses for future generations, the problem is that today's wealth is almost entirely artificial. It has become digital and is little else.

Of useful, lasting value is the land that can grow food, retain water, and withstand climate chaos on the rise.

Update from DC: Occupy, pepperspray, peak oil, sail power, Congress
by Jan Lundberg   
Image Greetings from the U.S. capital, variously occupied.

The main purpose our webmaster John Mendonça and I had in coming to Washington, D.C. this month was the annual peak oil conference. But it was even more exciting to witness and participate in Occupy actions in DC and New York. Additionally, we advanced sail power on Capitol Hill and the news media.

How bad or hopeful is our situation as a culture and species?
by Jan Lundberg   
Publisher's note: On the occasion of "The 2011 International Conference on Sustainability, Transition & Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership," held at a retreat east of Traverse City, Michigan a few days ago, I provided the following essay in the spirit of the conference's explorations. I had to cancel my speaking engagement for the conference, due to new commitments on the East Coast, but the essay went in my place. - JL

A message for Local Future conference participants:

Greetings friends,

Lundberg on Vermont-based Equal Time Radio and podcast
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageCarl Etnier hosts the Equal Time Radio show, heavy on peak oil and post-peak economics. On Nov. 7 he interviewed Jan Lundberg about "occupying the land," culture change. petrocollapse, Lundberg Survey, debt-for-nature swap between China and the U.S., investment in sail transport, and the questionable feasibility of renewable electrical energy such as wind on a grand scale as a substitute for cheap oil. The show's website and re-posting at said "Lundberg is looking for productive opportunities and investments that would be robust in the face of 'petro-collapse.'"
Greening Laundry Day: Avoid Polyester Fabrics
by Sarah (Steve) Mosko, PhD   
ImageIf you have already switched to an eco-friendly laundry detergent, as many people do to contribute less to water pollution, you might be surprised to learn that the pollution you generate on wash day has as much to do with the kind of fabrics your clothes, bedding and towels are made of as the detergent you wash them in.

Recent studies have revealed that a single garment made of polyester can shed innumerable tiny fibers into the wash water, and those fibers are finding their way to the ocean.

How The Occupy Movement May Be Off-Base, and How It Can Evolve ("Occupy the Land")
by Jan Lundberg   
The Occupy movement is by and large preoccupied with most wealth being hoarded "on Wall Street" in the hands of "the 1%". While it's true statistically that the money is there, what will ultimately prove to matter more to the "the 99%" is access to healthy land that can support life and human subsistence. When the total financial meltdown hits, it won't be the money in digital accounts that matters, but productive land that is held privately or in common.

Power as people commonly perceive it is not on Wall Street. Neither is the power in Washington, D.C.

Our flurry of activity and "sacrifice"
by Jan Lundberg   
Culture Change and Sail Transport Network are off to Washington, D.C. this week.

We'll have an exhibit table at the peak oil conference on Capitol Hill, Nov. 2 - 5. The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas meeting is a valuable experience for any participant, and in our case we're offering a lot too. Aside from our journalism to cover the conference for you, we're bringing ideas and proposals that can do much for energy policy and peace:

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