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Sonora, CA: A Spectacular Event

Friday, January 29, 2010, 11:51 AM

Wow.

Last night, more than 400 people packed into a sold-out opera hall for a 3-hour lecture and Q&A session, while quite a few were turned away for lack of space.

The energy was incredible: focused, positive, scared, calm, determined, & eager.  It was all there. 

When I originally asked how many in the crowd had seen the Crash Course, nearly 3/4ths of the hands went up.  Clearly, something is going on out here.  The organizers of the event, Cooper and Bob and a local group dedicated to sustainability (FOCUS), did an incredible job with the logistics, and, obviously, patiently setting the stage over the past several months.  Kudos!

This event was extremely gratifying to me, because it showed that big ideas, even ones that would be labeled as "not happy ones" by our culture, have a secure and growing place in people's lives.

The most impressive part of the evening was the vast cross-section represented.  There were plenty from the under-thirty crowd, there were conservatives and ex-hippies, old and young, rich and poor.  One person drove up from LA, others from several hours away, and then there was Mr. Fri, from the site here, who came up from Texas.

I hope that people who were in attendance will take the time to share with us some of their reflections from the evening.  I am eager to hear how it went for those in attendance.  For me, it was a highlight of my 'career' so far.

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Re: Sonora CA: A Spectacular Event

Thanks for coming to Sonora, Chris, and for sharing your insights with us. As a member of last night's audience, I too saw a broad cross-section of our community. As you pointed out, not everyone will have reacted in the same way. To varying degrees there was a mixture of denial, anger, fear, despair, acceptance and, yes, a real detemination to make a difference. There's one thing that didn't happen: No-one in that sold-out audience was left untouched, which is a powerful gift for our small town. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Sonora in the future.

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Last night was truly awesome for our little community.  Being the one selling tickets at the door, I was frustrated that we had to turn interested and excited people away.  Some had driven an hour to attend the talk, but arrived too late.  I am hopeful that we'll be able to have Chris and his family return as we work together toward a more sustainable and self-sufficient community.  His message has been the fire beneath many of us to plan and think about our own homestead and how we can not only provide for our own needs, but for those of our neighbors and help share our skills and knowledge through the FoCuS education program.  I'm the immediate past-Executive Director of FoCuS and I have decided to shift my energies to a very local level....basically walking distance radius from my home.  Within that radius there are about 500-1000 households that can work together if we all start networking.

I think one of the most important messages last night was the message of hope.  It's so easy to think of the Crash Course as a negative message, but it's really not.  It's a dose of reality and, if you are listening with open ears, we can create a tommorow that will be much brighter and more sustainable than the course we are on today.  There is NO downside.  How horrible would it be if our communities were able to produce their own food, energy, and water?  How horrible would it be if neighbors worked with neighbors to fulfill their needs?  I hope we can wake up enough people so we can get our feet under us first, but I'm actually looking forward to the new challenges and the end of consumerism, greed, and feeding frenzy to use up all of our natural resources!

For those interested, here is the link to the FoCuS website: http://foothillsustainability.org/

Thank you Chris!  We love you!

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Re: Sonora CA: A Spectacular Event

How I wish we could get Chris to come to Australia.....

Mike

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And why can't we?

Dick

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Chris, congratulations!  I am so glad that you had such a successful and gratifying event after all your hard work!!

Coop, well done!!

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Chris, thanks for a job well done.

We appreciate your coming to our small town and getting things going. I managed to get about 15 of the 300 or so people I have told about your site to attend. We have created very localized co-ops that are working feverishly towards self sufficiency and the ability to create excess, which we know is the basis of economy. This is also providing the ability to reach out to help others and is re bonding our community in ways I didnt foresee when I began this project. I would like to add we have done this without the benefit of donations, or large amounts of money, being completely self sufficient even in our inception.

We have also started moving towards larger scale photvoltaic and other renewable energy systems that will feed into aquaponic systems.

The intent is to create the completely green resource for energy, industry and food production that will simultaneously clean up some of the industrial sites here in the area and returm the water to our ecosystem in state of cleanliness that doesnt exist at most of these toxic areas.

This also accomplishes the goal of increasing employment, removing prior industrial wastes from the local environment, providing a model and resource for other commercial interest to visit and learn from and hopefully improve upon. All of this while producing a profit and showing that small communities can create their own resources without damaging the systems they depend on environmentally.

You have lit a fire that others, like John Robb (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/) and Tom Krenshaw (http://freedomguerrilla.com/) are feeding through resilient community theory as a practical response to so many potential problems.

Thanks again for your work sir.

Joe Bick

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Re: Sonora, CA: A Spectacular Event

Last night was just spectacular, as already mentioned. In addition to the demographics already mentioned as being present, there were also a number of elected officials (county supervisors and city council members) from both counties. My wife and I will be following up with our supervisor on how to bring this message into focus across the county more visibly.

Being a recovering mathematician myself, I always love it when we are reminded of how the exponential function works, so "Be prepared to be surprised -- soon"!

I'll be teaching another round of the CC in Calaveras in April, and I am very confident that last night's experience will bring many of those not previously enrolled out for a great four week experience. Angus has already started plans for the follow-up work to the CC in Calaveras as well!!

We're on it!

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Re: Sonora, CA: A Spectacular Event

I wish I had been able to be there but I am in LA and I had to work so could not take the drive all the way to Sonora. It sounds like it was a great event.

Congratulations to Coop for putting on a great event

 

Ken

 

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Wow Chris, look, you are starting to appear in the media!

Quote:

Diverse crowd hears lecturer talk of future lacking resources, growth

By Dana M. Nichols
Record Staff Writer
January 29, 2010 12:00 AM

SONORA - Normally, grim graphics showing the worldwide depletion of resources such as oil and copper would seem unlikely to get a laugh.

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100129/A_NEWS/1290317

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Re: Sonora, CA: A Spectacular Event

Thanks Pinecarr and Kenc! I am awestruck at the turnout, the event and the response! It will take me another day or so to get it from experience to paper.

But make no mistake, this event came together because of all of the concerned and involved citizens in our area that have seen the Crash Course and have managed to work through their various stages of awareness and arrive at a point of action. As you all know, this is not necessarily a "walk in the park"!

And you will be happy to know that our favorite information scout is in the air as we speak on his way back to his family. Thanks Becca and family for sharing Chris with our community. As we drove through the California Delta farmland in the early dawn hours this morning on the way to the airport I couldn't help but marvel at the changes I have experienced over the past year in sharing his visions with others. The full moon was setting in the west behind a thin veil of clouds, miles and miles of beautiful farmland was showing itself it the early light and a new day was dawning. It was perfect!  I am certain we will make a difference in how this wrinkle turns out!

Watching the Crash Course and attending the Lowesville Seminar last year was a game changer for me. Being present at his lecture and Q&A session was truly incredible. Chris is a remarkably talented speaker and his way in engaging the audience and responding to questions is a work of art in action. But the best part is that Chris is not an act, he is the real deal and his message is simple truth from his heart and he cares a lot about sharing it. It carries the day. People do and will react to the message in their own individual way. That is OK - everyone needs their own space to work things out.  The most profound experience however is being in the presence of someone who is doing what they love to do because they care about others and want to make a difference. That is what Chris brings to the table in abundance. 

There were a couple of times during the presentation when people felt a standing ovation was appropriate.  How about that for impact considering the subject matter!!  It was incredible. It was because everyone knew he was giving it to them straight. It was because he cared about them more that the material. That is a very valuable commodity in our society these days because it is so scarce!  ( I'm kinda referring to politics here!) The nice part is we can all have some of that because it is who we are too and all we have to do is to get out there and spread some of it around. Before very long it will come flooding back in .... I can assure you of that.   That has been my reward!

Coop

 

 

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I was in the audience in Sonora and wanted to make a comment and ask a question there but was a little too...I guess 'shy' is the right word.  I was also concerned that I'd be booed by the crowd because what I wanted to say was maybe NOT what people wanted to hear.  As much as I want to compliment and support Chris's efforts, traveling the country, informing people about what they need to know and remember about the three E's, I also want to suggest that maybe we should be BEYOND the information stage and well into the action phase of our response to what is happening around the planet.  Here's the evidence: when asked how many members of the audience had already 'taken' the crash course, seventy-five per cent raised their hang.  In one way that's of course a wonderful thing.  The word is getting out.  Viewed in another way, it might be a little frightening in that here are 300 people who have already HEARD the clarion call and are coming back to hear it again. And again?  And again?  What I want to suggest is that it’s time we ALL move beyond the information stage into the action stage.  Many of us have and many of us are still going to hear people like Chris say it over and over again: we’re nearing a crisis.  I think we need collectively to move BEYOND the personal expression of our concern.  Planting a garden, erecting a solar system, turning off our lights, composting, and recycling our garbage are all excellent first steps but with the wolf right there at our door, do we really have the luxury of ending it there.  Or is it time for the next step?  Or is it time for some radical steps.  I wondered whether Chris’s calm, optimistic approach will in the long run anaesthetize people into believing there’s plenty of time to mull over the alternatives before there’s a need to take dramatic action.  Maybe Chris is part of the problem.  That’s what I wanted to say and then ask him how he felt about it.

So here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to do more than plant a garden and switch CFL’s for incandescent s and  turn off my idling car and think about buying solar panels and an electric hybrid.  I’m going to get more deeply involved with our local FOCUS group and then see what the next step is.  I don’t think we need to burn the hummers yet but I worry that we’re going to garden right up to the crash and maybe then wake up from our sleep. 

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@James Pesout - It sounds like you are ready for the next steps, and for you and others in your communtiy that is great to move forward. However where I am located in Midwest, the propaganda TV machine is working so well about a 'recovery', that I have not been unable to convince one person that we have been living in a global Ponzi bubble for the past 50 years. They are like Bernie Madoff's victims and are unable to see the Ponzi until it collapses and suffer the consequences. So while Dr. Martenson is making good headway with the Crash Course message, there are many more who remain clueless that would benefit so much from hearing Dr. Martenson, but they aren't yet ready to listen.

 

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I am a local business attorney who is also on the Tuolumne County Economic Authority and have many other reasons to be concerned about what is happening economically in our little community.   I attended the presentation, have gotten through the first 2 DVDs and am having a difficult time waiting (as Chris recommends) to view the 3rd (I cannot wait a week- perhaps a day at the most).  I was not one of those who had previously seen the crash course.

First I would like to thank the locals who helped sponsor this event, Coop, Bob and FOCUS for their very successful efforts in bringing this type of event together.

Second, thanks to Chris for so masterfully, comprehensively and understanably putting this whole "e-e-e crash course" together.  I cannot say I felt shock when I listened to Chris or when I viewed the DVDs- what should have been shocking news was, for me and I think for many, really just (as he said) stuff that we all "knew" but could never quite put into focus; stuff that our guts have been screaming for the past 2-3 years.  And with this understanding has come something akin to a sense of relief.  We all have felt that things are exponentially out of control- what a great confirmation.  

Third, I hope this invokes in many people a "call to action".   I am hoping that this will unite the people from the many backgrounds and beliefs and age groups that were so evident at the event.  I am so sick of bi-partisan banter and it is so refreshing that I cannot tell whether Chris is a "flaming liberal" or a " crazy tea party-ist", and much more startling, I really could care less.   Chris has realized that in order to be successful, politics and the old divisiveness that comes with it must be left out of the equation.  That I think is what I am perhaps most impressed with- that is why I saw people at this event who could definitely be characterized as "old hippies" sitting next to solid "right wingers".   This is a process that we need to continue in this county.  In fact, we could become a model for other small communities if we could actually pull this off without the divisions that have thwarted any meaningful action at any level. 

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Hi James Pesout, great to see so many new members posting like you here; this is fantastic!  This is not the first time I've heard "we get it!  now what do we do?!" like I think I hear you saying.  While we can work on our own personal preparations, which are better than nothing, in the end they are probably not enough.  For real change to be effected a critical mass of population with understanding and awareness needs to be built.  We are still in that stage of building awareness.

Chris's calm, scientific approach to explaining things works for me as an engineer and scientist, and it's his believability that heightens my sense of urgency rather than diminishing it.  While the first steps of action seem insignificant and not enough, I find if you start with one thing then you can move on from there.  For example, once I ran a 10k race, I could contemplate 10 miles.  Once I ran that, I could do a 50k race.  After that I could do a 50 mile ultra.  Then my first 100 mile race.  But it starts with that first step. 

Next month I've scheduled a lunchtime seminar on Peak Oil and Economic issues for my colleagues as a 1 year update to the one I did last year.  Good luck with your group!

Tom

 

 

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"True art speaks plainly" - Theodore Dreiser 1903 (an essay).

Chris has provided true art for all of us. His information scouting and relentless pursuit of the real story provide the essential gateway through which we can pass on our way to action and change. That gateway is from the present to the future - our future and the futures of many generations to come. Thursday night in Sonora was another wonderful example of Chris's art. It was a truly awe-inspiring experience for me.

Some two dozen of us Crash Course graduates from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties have chosen to walk through Chris's gateway and to plan for and start acting upon a preferred future, rich with opportunities. We have done this by engaging each other in a process called Transition Planagement.

Through the process we develop our own strategies and plans for personal and community sustainability, security, and quality of life in the face of great uncertainty.  It is a process of discovery, critical self-examination, risk assessment, decision-making, action planning, and execution. It would not be possible without Chris's excellent Crash Course getting us all on the same page, starting us all down the strategic planning path with much greater awareness of where "we are today."

In Transition Planagement we each decide for ourselves, based on our own values, perceptions, needs, goals, resources, time, and objectives, "where we want to be" in the future and "how we are going to get there." We then look for opportunities to collaborate and confederate to create economies of scale and efficient resource use, based on the strategies and objectives we have in common. We scale our solutions and management strategies from the individual, to the family, to the close circle of friends and neighbors, to the community, and to the region. We have a bias towards action, and a sustainable future is our objective.

We are a work in process, but thanks to Chris, Coop, Bob, and FoCuS, we are ahead of the curve. We 24 would not have met if it were not for Chris, Coop, Bob, and FoCuS. With the fellowship, enthusiasm, and fire in our guts we have developed through the Crash Course and Transition Planagement, we have the will to make the tough choices and to succeed. Life is good! There is real upside, even in a down world. We have found it.

We welcome all other Crash Course Graduates to participate in Transition Planagement and to join in the shift to sustainability through a very strategic pathway. Thank you, Chris, for making it all possible and thank you for your trip to visit us and to see what we are up to!

Angus

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Let me add my voice of gratitude to Chris for coming our way, and to the long list of volunteers who really worked to make it happen. In addition to myself and Cooper, there was Rod Daniells, Ron Ringen, Cynthia Sudduth, Jim Rende, Frank Diggle, Phil Kessel, plus the FoCuS board members, and a few others I'm surely leaving out (unintentionally). 

The thing that hit me hardest in the process of producing this event, was what an amazing community I am a part of. By that, I mean that people step up and put actions behind their words.  They care about one another and put the common good above personal gain. Is this unusual?  It is to a guy who has lived in big cities most of his life.

As a result of this experience, I find myself re-examining my priorities, values, and frankly, everything.  Good timing too, since it's likely that these recalibrations will be needed in the months and years ahead.

To all of you reading this, especially those in the Sierra foothills, I want to call your attention to the web site that was the focal point for information and tickets to the event, www.SierraCrashCourse.com. There are photos of the event there now, and soon video. But more importantly, this site will be a place where you can link into activities related to planning and acting for community and personal self-relioance and sustainability, particularly those spawned from the Crash Course and the post Crash Course Planagement sessions.

Concerned about your family and your place in a changed environment?  You are not alone.  We'll get through together. And that's the only way we will get through.

Please feel free to email me directly.  I'll see you online, in the garden, and at the next FoCuS events!

 

 

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Congrats Chris!  It's about time people started waking up!

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Hi gang, I just got back from California late last night and this is the first chance I’ve have to post a few comments.  Like the others who were there, I was impressed with high energy I saw in the audience.  There was a lot of cheers and clapping along with rolls of laughter.  I took my father and a friend to the talk, neither of which had seen the Crash Course.  They knew something was happening but Chris put data to their intuition so they had something solid of which to take hold.  Although I’ve seen the CC and am active in this site, I gained a lot from Chris’ lecture.  The biggest point I got from it is that even if we’re all wrong and the economy doesn’t crash within the next few years, it won’t be too long after that time that it does.  In other words, so many things are increasing exponentially that any crash predictions can only be a few years off.  This rang true to me when Chris said something like, “I don’t know the exact number here but is doesn’t really matter.  Even if I’m off by 50% it just means it will take another year or two to get there.”

Here are a few stories I thought you may find interesting:

  -  My dad and his friend kept looking around the crowd and noticing quite a few people they knew from town. (There’s the hairdresser, there’s the guy that runs the ___ store, there’s my neighbor…) 

 - It turned out that two out of my parent’s three adjoining neighbors were at the lecture. Hopefully this will be a good way to bring them together and build on each other’s strengths.

- On Saturday, a lady who was house-sitting at one of the neighbors came by to introduce herself.  During the conversation she mentioned that she works part-time for the local Red Cross.  As she was telling us, she stopped in mid-sentence and said, “Have you ever heard of a guy named Chris Martenson? He stopped by the Red Cross yesterday and had a fascinating story to tell.”  We had a good laugh and told her about Chris’ talk, the Crash Course and then pointed her to the web site.  Interesting how Chris gets around, even after the planned event!

 Cheers,

><>Larry

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Hi Larry,

Great meeting you at the event! Let your parents know that I will be starting the next four week Crash Course series at the Tuolumne County Fire and Amulance Station on Striker Court (just off of Tuolumne Road near Standard Park) at 6:00PM Feb. 20th. It will run for four consecutive Saturdays at the same time. (Feb 20th, 27th, Mar 6th, 13th)  I expect easch session to run from 6:00PM to 9:00 PM. 

They can go to the http://sierracrashcourse.com website for more info if they would like.

Thanks for coming to Sonora and connecting up! If you want to be on our local google group e-mail list, send me your address and we will get you added.

Coop

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Jager06 wrote:

Chris, thanks for a job well done.

We appreciate your coming to our small town and getting things going. I managed to get about 15 of the 300 or so people I have told about your site to attend. We have created very localized co-ops that are working feverishly towards self sufficiency and the ability to create excess, which we know is the basis of economy. This is also providing the ability to reach out to help others and is re bonding our community in ways I didnt foresee when I began this project. I would like to add we have done this without the benefit of donations, or large amounts of money, being completely self sufficient even in our inception.

We have also started moving towards larger scale photvoltaic and other renewable energy systems that will feed into aquaponic systems.

The intent is to create the completely green resource for energy, industry and food production that will simultaneously clean up some of the industrial sites here in the area and returm the water to our ecosystem in state of cleanliness that doesnt exist at most of these toxic areas.

This also accomplishes the goal of increasing employment, removing prior industrial wastes from the local environment, providing a model and resource for other commercial interest to visit and learn from and hopefully improve upon. All of this while producing a profit and showing that small communities can create their own resources without damaging the systems they depend on environmentally.

You have lit a fire that others, like John Robb (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/) and Tom Krenshaw (http://freedomguerrilla.com/) are feeding through resilient community theory as a practical response to so many potential problems.

Thanks again for your work sir.

Joe Bick

Hi Joe,

Nice meeting you the other evening. I just responded to Mr. Fri above about the next CC we will have. If you have anyone interested you can let them know the schedule. The room is pretty large and we can seat up to 80 or so I think.

Coop

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I wanted to acknowledge what a great job Cooper has done in creating awareness in his local area - to such a degree that this event was possible.  A lot of word of mouth.   In the words of a local resident, the last time the Sonora Opera Hall was that full,  was when they put out a sign advertising free beer!  What an effect!

And Chris was a joy to listen to.  Thank you Chris, for being the humanitarian that you are.  The spirit of community cooperation has been dying a slow death in our current culture.  Your message breathes new life into that spirit, with each person that gets it.   You are creating effects far and wide.

 

Lynn 

 

 

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Thank you Lynn for the kind words.

I am reposting a portion of my comments from Chris' update on Scotland here as it has relevance to where we go from here as regards our local area.........

One of the now more obvious outcomes of getting the Crash Couse message delivered is dealing with the "eddy" that immediately forms behind that activity. Organizational efforts to align and increase communication between the people wanting to get into action turns out to be an even larger job than getting the CC message out.

Locally we have started with a website we called  "after the Crash Course" and it is a google group which we used to invite grads of the CC. Next has come a social blog site using the "socialgo" freeware and it can be viewed at http://SierraCrashCourse.com which has just gotten underway since Chris was here in January. We are experimenting here to arrive at some best practices for getting the work Chris has developed into an action format.

There are a couple of key issues here that Chris touched on above which struck a chord with me:

"a portion of the website, or perhaps a new one, that is dedicated to solutions/responses and learnings and best practices at the personal, community, regional, national, and global levels."

One of the factors we have to deal with is that persons will be all across the spectrum as regards the level of action they can tolerate. IMHO, until one arrives at some level of acceptance, the level of action will simply be in words and that often plays out on blog sites in the various forms we have come to observe. After that phase comes the real "doingness" of enacting the change needed to transition to a "less energy" socitey. This stage requires connectivity and action at the local level. Often times persons who arrive at this level become less active on the blog sites due to time constraints created by the actions they undertake.

Individuals that are able to get through their own transition will naturally have more time and resources to devote to helping others and thus build their community. They will become the natural group leaders of the various activities that are underway across all levels of human activity.  Your comments about optimum group size rings true for me and developing that structure is yet another job that needs doing. The work is immense but a good portion is allready done. IMHO there are 10 basic steps to achieving a different outcome to our predicament which I will outline below.

1) Having the truth of our predicament made known.  (Crash Course Material by Chris)

2) Knowing that the data about it is factual.  (personal study IE Hubbert, Hopkins, Heinberg, Bartlett, etc.)

3) Knowing that our predicament is accurate.    (personal examination and realization)

4) Making the data (CC + 3 Es) known.    (delivering the Crash Course locally)

5) Applying the data by taking personal action.  (Chapter 20 + beyond)

6) Seeing to it the information is correctly applied. (developing adequate filters to see the truth through the hype)

7) Hammering out of existence inaccurate status quo beliefs and opinions. (Technology will save us)

8) Knocking out incorrect applications.  (ex: Hydrogen & ethanol energy solutions)

9) Closing the door on any possibility of incorrect solutions. (we can print our way out of this!)

10) Closing the door on incorrect applications.  ( use less energy rather than "drill baby drill")

Chris spent four years getting No. 1 done and into a format that can easily be disseminated to others. We can get 2 through 5 done by acting within our local communities. 6 through 10 will need to be worked on in a big way but will become easier as we achieve a tipping point of awareness.

We have many folks in our community working hard on forwarding the activities that will be required to transition away from the energy dependent society we live in. These are the seeds for our future. We have no shortages in the area of challenges so if you are looking for one ........you may have found it. Start with doing Chris Martensons Crash Course and may you change your and our future for the better.

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