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Pedal Power solutions to petroleum dependence and polluting vehicles: Arcata Library Bikes, Pedal Power Produce, and more!

CAOE - Committee Against Oil Exploration - stop offshore oil drilling to protect sensitive habitats and cut petroleum dependence.

Culture Change through music! The Depavers eco-rock!

Take our Pledge for Climate Protection and learn about the Global Warming Crisis Council.

SEI hometown action!
Arcata city council's proclamation against war on Iraq and Kyoto Protocol proclamation.

Overpopulation has become a reality.  Overpopulation Resources and News Tidbits

Sail Transport Network

Fact Sheets
Press Releases

Long Distance


Front-line low profile culture changers

by Jan Lundberg

Culture-change people are creative, fun, and they think for themselves.

That isnít an all defining difference, but when modern technological, bureaucratic culture represents the dominant failing order, those of us hoping for global healing choose to live outside the mainstream. We hope for natureís return to the center of human culture. Nature was usurped by man (sic) and will have her revenge as our culture scrambles to adjust and make amends in a new, unstable global greenhouse we cannot dismantle.

There are many of us! We are together making a new way. We use money, but as much as possible we use love instead. Keeping up with the Joneses, or trying to impress one another with material wealth, are laughable concepts to us. Bob Dylan intoned, "You KNOW somethingís happening here, but you donít know what it is / Do you, Mr. Jones."

What impassions us is to hear one of us telling about the latest creative, daring act someone did. Maybe it was Ayrís defending himself in court for treesitting by playing his mandolin for the jury. Or we humbly make one anotherís day by presenting some homegrown vegetables as a giftófuture barter, as it turns out.

Our clothes are not new or spotless or emblazoned with designer logos. Patagonia is okay, however, partly for their utilization of organic cotton and recycled plastic; mainly itís due to their donations to forest defenders, Pedal Power Produce riders, and others. Oneís pants may have some crude stitchódental floss is popular as heavy thread. We prefer natural, but some synthetics help us in situations we frequently find ourselves in. Hemp or no hemp cloth, we must get by.

We pride ourselves equally on working hard for an immediate goal, such as to help shut down 6th & University in Seattle during the WTOís attempted meeting in 1999. But we are just as glad to take it easy and spend time traveling or with family. The less money spent, the better. A lot of money outflow means a lot of oil was burned. Big spending also means that wealth exits the community.

Visiting wilderness is a value for those who love and protect the Earth. The nearest nature experience is most up our alley.

Todayís folks promoting culture change have a good deal of taste, if one can be tolerant and inclusive. They donít like the idea of living in Los Angeles or having a long commute. A paved-over landscape crawling with unconscious polluters is a sad thing for them to see and participate in.

There is a better way! And they act upon it to the extent possible, in these times of "Babylon."

These are the frontline culture changers. There are supporters who may be closely tied into a more conventional 9-5 existence, but they may be making possible a spouseís activities for social justice or environmental protection. Amongst culture changers reluctantly commuting, the 9-5 routine is not carried out indefinitely or in hopes of the gold retirement watch.

It sounds simple and sustainable for the culture change vanguard to operate and spend time discussing a brighter day. But we too are tied into the vicious economy and the materialist culture. Activists, artists and dreamers are vulnerable to system collapse, but less so. Those of us who have tried the most to live free (with freedom) and to get by in society by living outside it, or underground, to the greatest extent possible, are most prepared for changes to come. "Bring it on!" we usually say.

Future Survival

The transition to a sustainable culture will not be easy as we suddenly feel the universal pinch in petroleum supplies that is coming with the global peak in oil production in a few years. But coping with the new reality will depend on locally-based cooperation and working together for ourselves, respecting nature as the source of our lives and survival.

Those who have had a regimented, structured and institutional lifeótoo much bossing, public school and armed forcesówill simply want their food and water, then run like a mad herd when shortage or outside threats present themselves. People in the U.S. have become less and less self-sufficient. As recently as 1973, 40% of North Americans canned food.

This magazine could just as easily be about values. For example, do we value consuming in such a way to have separate households, with our private TVs, with only two generations of people in a family? Do we have our elders live with us, or institutionally?

We donít know how much of our idealistic preparation for sustainability will pay off, but weíve nothing to lose and only quality of life to gain. We are living not just for the future and for our fellow species, but for ourselves and our fulfillment today. We treasure learning, sharing and moving along in lifeís stream.

Meditation and leading a spiritual life are important whether one is living in relative freedom or serving a life sentence behind bars. To maintain and build consciousness can be a full time job, and it helps others to understand the illusion of materialist power that wields such a miserable brutal stick.

We donít know what a post-industrial culture, if we donít nuke ourselves, will be like. We donít know if natureís garden will support many humans after so much degradation.

So help us to understand what this culture is about, how it is changing, and mainly, how we can change it towards a sustainable future. Or, what would you sketch to please your own vision? Letís communicate and enjoy, friends!


Articles of interest:
Measuring and controlling the actions of governments 

Anti-globalization protest grows, with tangible results. 
WTO protests page

Tax fossil-fuel energy easily
by Peter Salonius 

UK leader calls War on Terror "bogus"

Argentina bleeds toward healing by Raul Riutor

The oil industry has plans for you: blow-back by Jan Lundberg

It's not a war for oil? by Adam Khan

How to create a pedestrian mall by Michelle Wallar

The Cuban bike revolution

How GM destroyed the U.S. rail system excerpts from the film "Taken for a Ride".

"Iraqi oil not enough for US: Last days of America?"

Depaving the world by Richard Register

Roadkill: Driving animals to their graves by Mark Matthew Braunstein

The Hydrogen fuel cell technofix: Spencer Abraham's hydrogen dream.


Ancient Forest Protection in Northern California. Forest defenders climb trees to save them.

Daniel Quinn's thoughts on this website.

A case study in unsustainable development is the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Israel.

Renewable and alternative energy information.

Conserving energy at home (Calif. Title 24)

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