We can wean ourselves off of ‘natural’ gas. This fuel was not used before the late 1800s, and we will have to learn to live without it again before long. We have no choice. Natural gas is non-renewable, and there are limited supplies.
There are many alternatives. For instance:
- There are sustainable green jobs. Insulation, composting, recycling, food gardening, and alternative energy projects are some of these contributions.
- There are many design options for new buildings. With existing buildings, we can enhance the insulation, and we can wear sweaters when the weather gets colder. Heating also can come from geothermal energy, and other alternative sources.
- Fertilizers should come from compost, and permaculture gardening techniques can reduce our need for the artificial fertilizers which industrial agriculture depends so much on.
- When we can’t re-use and recycle plastics and other petrochemical products, we can look for renewable substitutes (such as plant materials), or we can adjust our lifestyles, and society at large.
- Electricity can be generated in other ways, or we can cut down on our demands. Most of our electricity currently is wasted in one way or another.
There are many practical community-based solutions, and clean and sustainable projects also should be receiving government support.
The Transition Network has some positive suggestions about ways that community members can bring about shifts towards life without fossil fuels. There already are some Transition initiatives in Canada.