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Matthew Stein: 12 Steps to Sustainability and the Emergency Survival Kit

Author Matthew Stein (When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency) recently spoke to Deborah Lindsay on “Tomorrow Matters,” a green talk show out of Monterrey, CA. In this interview, they discuss the “12 Steps for Making the Shift to Sustainability,” as well as the right way to prepare for a potential catastrophic event—everything from ice storms and wildfires to terrorist attack and (worst case scenario) nuclear winter. Listen to the interview here. And if worse does indeed come to worst, and we fail to make the shift to sustainability—if whatever we choose to do turns out to be too little, too late—if a disaster strikes and the government drags its heels while the local infrastructure utterly collapses…. Well, you know the Boy Scout motto. Here’s Matthew Stein again, showing you exactly what you need to Be Prepared for an emergency in this video from Peak Moment Television:


To Create Climate-Secure Foodscapes, Think Like a Plant

The techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change contained in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and […] Read More

Top Ten Survival Skills You Need to Know

Matthew Stein’s When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life’s most unpredictable scenarios (like the 2016 US presidential elections to use but one dystopian example). In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you’ll need-from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and […] Read More

Recipe: Summer Herb Flower Vinegar

Olivia’s mom, Lola, is famous for her potato salad that seems so simple, but has a certain je ne sais quoi—the secret ingredient: chive-flower-infused vinegar. She recalls, “As a child I was enchanted by the apothecary bottles lined up on our kitchen shelves, stuffed with purple pompoms—I just knew there was magic happening inside.”This recipe […] Read More

The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More

A Meditation on Garden Weeding

In this excerpt from The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, author Carol Deppe reflects on her time spent daily in the garden and how her actions can often transcend the moment, or the task, at hand. As Carol notes, “On a good gardening day there is nothing better. On a good gardening day there is not […] Read More
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