Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life without Oil (Paperback)
  • Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life without Oil (Paperback)

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life without Oil (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 21/04/2011
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In the latter half of the twentieth century, the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly fifty percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful, and car-dependent, energy-intensive lifestyles came hand in hand with this demographic transition. In the age of Peak Oil, environmental catastrophe, and a failing economy, it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities. Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution--from isolated cookie cutter houses with manicured lawns and two-car garages to small, closely packed, productive, interdependent homesteads. This guide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted. From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock to tips on cooking and heating, sanitation options, and much more, this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live. Required reading for anyone interested in increased self-reliance and a lower carbon footprint, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs will help you look past the white picket fence to a new world of possibilities. Wendy Brown is a suburban homesteader growing roots (both literally and figuratively) in southern Maine where she and her family have made the transition from a completely dependent, consumerist lifestyle to one of living debt-free in a comfortable, more efficient home in a desirable location with a bountiful garden.

Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865716810

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