What is this blog about?

Welcome to greenwizardy.net, my new blog all about green wizardry.  I will be talking all about sustainability, permaculture, appropriate technology, renewable energy and other subjects related to preparing for a future that looks like it’s going to be very different to what we’re used to.
This blog came about thanks to a blog post by John Michael Greer at his blog, ‘The Arch-Druid Report‘.  In it he discusses how, over the coming months, he will be looking at practical topics about preparing for his vision of the future, that he has called ‘Green Wizardry’.

What is the future going to look like?

I will be discussing this in more detail in future posts, but the short, short version is as follows:  humanity has exceeded the carrying capacity of the Earth, and we are currently doing massive damage to it through pollution, climate change and destructive practices in agriculture and resource extraction.  We have pushed beyond the resource limits of this planet and the reason we have managed to overshoot so badly, cheap energy, looks like it’s rapidly coming to an end.

We will no longer be able to live beyond our limits and this will lead to a future of less, more expensive energy; fewer resources; a poorer, harsher biosphere and massive changes in population and food production.

This is going to mean massive changes for everyone as we have to re-learn to live within our limits, in a sustainable fashion.  We will have to re-learn old skills, while also taking advantage of non-destructive modern technology and learning new skills to help us to thrive.  This blog will be looking at those skills and technology.

Why am I writing this blog?

I am writing this blog for several reasons.

  • Firstly, I want to use it to encourage me in my attempts to live a more sustainable lifestyle (I tend to get sidetracked very easily and move onto other things, hopefully this blog will keep me focused!)  I will be following the green wizardry blog posts on the arch-druid report, and discuss my thoughts on them and what I have done about them.  I will also be discussing anything that I think is related to green wizardry.
  • Secondly, I hope that this blog might inspire others to learn the skills of green wizardry.  Hopefully, the more people who are prepared, the better the future will be.
  • Finally, I want this blog to contain resources related to green wizardry that other people can use.

Who am I?

I’m a guy in his thirties in England who has seen the future coming for a while but never done anything about it.  I am in a relationship and have two step-daughters.  None of us are prepared for what the future is likely yo be.  I’m a programmer, I love tech and have virtually no practical skills whatsoever in the topics this blog will be covering!  This is going to be a massive learning experience for me and I reckon I’m going to be pushed far outside of my comfort zone.

I hope you enjoy the blog!

Ian

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