Seeking Strategic Pathways to Energy Sufficiency
From: Resilience Imperative
Our energy diet has put us between a rock and a hot place. On one hand, we are hooked on oil and demand is increasing. On the other hand, if we do not radically reduce our fossil-fuel use, we radically increase the likelihood of catastrophic, irreversible climate change. Centralized strategies such as massive solar-thermal installations and nuclear power hooked up to smart grids may bridge the yawning gap in electricity supply, but they are not enough, in and of themselves, to replace fossil fuels.
At 25, Mike Lewis founded what is now known as the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal. Ever since he has been engaged community economic development (CED), development finance and the social and co-operative economy. He is a prolific author and a respected practitioner. From entrepreneurial development to building national networks, from strategic assistance to CED organizations in impoverished settings to designing tools and curriculum to strengthen community resilience, Mike has led hundreds of projects over the last 35 years. Drawing on this diverse experience, motivated by his grandchildren and increasingly conscious of the interplay of climate change, peak oil and the outrageous excesses of the global finance industry, Mike considers the issues and innovations outlined in ‘The Resilience Imperative’ as the core focus of his vocation.
Pat Conaty is a Californian working in England and Wales. He is a Fellow of new economics foundation and a research associate of Co-operatives UK. He specializes in action research on innovative forms of economic democracy and mutual enterprise. His work has been mainly in the fields of household debt solutions, community development finance and community land trusts.