Long/Cline Family

Cline Family Narrative


  • Where we've been,
    1. Wasteful of resources
    2. Believing in limitless resources
    3. Centralization of power (wind power replaced by the TVA); decentralization of movement (cars replace mass transit, e.g. LA trolley system ripped up by Standard Oil, Firestone, etc.)
  • Where we are,
    1. Unequal Distribution of Resources: (Potato Soup for the Soul): candy for kids
    2. Unequal use of Resources: US emissions versus Haitian emissions….
  • Where we're going:
    1. Tomorrow
    2. Next Year
    3. Ten Years from Now
    4. Forty Years from Now
    5. Skit from the Road
    6. It's not nice to fool mother nature — and we're not fooling her! She's going to be mad…. Entergy CEO Warns Of Humanity’s Extinction If Climate Legislation Not Passed

Our Family Background (Where our family's been)

The Walker family background

  1. Scotch-Irish background
  2. Into the Piedmont
  3. when the going gets the tough leave town (Joseph Walker)

Delong Farm

  • cistern,
  • wells,
  • garden,
  • berries,
  • chickens,
  • orchards,
  • canning,
  • coal-powered (boo!), etc.

Canada Farm:

  • Farming,
  • Community,
  • Self-sufficient.

Community is essential. Togo farmers work by family: everyone works on everyone else's farm, and so the work gets done.

Central issues

Where are we now? — It's later than you think: the IPCC Report

The best information is summarized in the so-called IPCC Report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007).

What is it?

The IPCC doesn't make policy; it just summarizes the best research available, and gives its conclusions.

What does it say? Key Findings:

Water and other resources

Ogallala aquifer is being drawn down.

Copper is in limited supply (thefts of metals is on the rise — even power lines are being stolen).


Ice is melting globally.


Coal isn't cheap: we just don't pay the true cost (in dollars, up front — we do pay in the end, with global warming, asthma deaths, coal miner deaths, floods, Lost Mountains, etc.).


Increasing temperature sounds good, but it isn't that easy; in particular, we're expecting more variability in the temperature, and in the weather more generally.

Food and Agriculture; Disposable lifestyle

  1. Giant Dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico;
  2. Giant trash zone in the ocean.

Sea Level Rise

  1. Chance of catastrophic singularities (e.g. coastal flooding world-wide).
  2. Big Storms + Sea Level Rise => big problems.

What's The Worst That Can Happen?

Whether you believe that people cause this mess or not, adapting to the new Eaarth may be better than you think.


Small ways/Short term

What you can do:

  1. 50 ways to help save the earth
    1. We may have to give up things:
    2. E.g. we may have to transition from cars, big box stores
  2. Cool It!

Longer term

How do you adapt to the world (Eaarth) that we believe may be coming?

  1. Taking a page from The Westering Man, do we move to North Dakota, or Manitoba?
  2. What are the functional abilities we would need to live on Eaarth?
    1. Canning,
    2. Brewing!;),
    3. Fixing things,
    4. Handling livestock,
    5. Aquaculture,
    6. Agriculture,
    7. Health Care,
    8. etc.
  3. Wind/Solar/Geothermal energy
    1. Distributed energy, rather than a grid:
    2. Geothermal is pretty cheap
    3. Wind and Solar can assist (especially solar water heaters)

Economic Impacts

  1. The High Price of Cheap Food (and everything else)
  2. Jobs disappearing overseas in the name of low prices?
  3. The High Price of Cheap Coal
  4. We will have to spend more to pay back the "loan" our parents, grandparents, etc. have taken — without thinking about it.

Materials for discussion:

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