See also “Wild Reaction: A Sketch.”
A fundamental question: how might we create conditions that will make people secure in the decision to prepare for, perhaps even help instigate, the collapse of the global economy? It seems that the answer lies in an expansion of “Shooting from the Dark,” note II:
Say, then, you live in a city with fairly strong social bonds uniting it. What should be the top priority of that city? Clearly resource independence, particularly with food and water, would be near the top of the list. One can imagine community-wide efforts to build gardens, to connect and rewild remaining green areas, etc.
This approach offers at least two notable advantages. When the global economy fluctuates, goes through a depression, or even collapses, the city has a much more powerful infrastructure to weather the storm. And should the city be hit by a disaster that destroys any possibility of continued industrial habitation, well-connected and rewilded lands in the city provide building blocks for non-industrial habitation.
Proposition: strategy must focus primarily on municipalities, and the work is twofold. On the external ecological level, emphasis on restoring and connecting green areas to wilder states, and an emphasis on food production, even agricultural. On the internal ecological level, emphasis on restoring the mind to a natural, developmentally healthy state, a creation of a nomadic psychology, as written in “Shooting,” note III, and suggested in “Sauntering.”
The first might take cues from conservation efforts like Yellowstone to Yukon or The Wildlands Network. Reed Noss’ conservation plan for the state of Florida and his writings on regional conservation planning provide some cues for how to do this on a state and local level. See also, e.g., the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Permaculture, food garden, and various primitive skills movements might also provide insight into how to stock these rewilding / rewilded areas with naturally-occurring edible plants. And political leaders in municipalities might work to strengthen social bonds of the town, and legitimize the vision of resource independence and restored natural areas.
Many of these rewilding proposals are in direct conflict with industry and government interests, so a radical wing approaching the kind we saw in the Earth First! era will be necessary. I imagine this radical wing will be populated by the kind of nihilism I’ve outlined in “A Provisional Synthesis,” “An Awakening,” “Shooting from the Dark,” “Word Vomit,” etc. It is primarily here that the creation of the nomadic psychology will occur. The result: in times when collapse becomes viable or inevitable, there is a faction of this anti-industrial reaction that possesses the necessary building blocks for rewilding social relations, which will, post-decline or collapse, be dependent on the natural building blocks preserved, restored, and protected by more moderate factions.
Postscript: Even with this proposal there is a tension between the the “needs” of human society and the “needs” of non-human nature, primarily because of the large human population. E.g., human use of wild lands tends to lead to swarming effects, which because of the large number of humans causes damage to wild ecological processes. For notes toward resolving that problem, see “Overcoming the Overpopulation Problem: A Sketch for Discussion.” I tend to think it lies in the “green egoist nihilism” I’ve been outlining in previous posts, for reasons I’ll give later.