How to prepare for a global financial crash: Rural-urban continuum and electric vehicles

In this blog we have often proposed that the culture of war is not sustainable and that the American empire is destined to crash for the same reasons that the Soviet empire crashed. It can be an opportunity for a transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace. However, the crash of the American empire may well be accompanied (caused) by a global financial crash with suffering for ordinary people, as it did for the Soviet people 30 years ago.

In a financial crash the cities are especially vulnerable. They depend on daily food deliveries to supermarkets that often come long distances by plane and truck.

It is precisely this delivery system that is at risk in a global financial crash. Not to mention industrial agriculture. Both depend on adequate supplies of gasoline and diesel fuel for trucks, planes and tractors, and the fuel, in turn, is largely dependent on a global system of oil tankers which, in turn, depends up/on consistent financial support.

To site an historical precedent, following the financial crash of 1929, the number of freighters at sea fell drastically due to lack of financial support. In 1929 the world was less urbanized and the cities were less dependent on food deliveries by plane and truck. Much of their food came from local suppliers who were, in turn, less dependent on industrial methods.

That is no longer the case. Small local farms have been replaced by industrial agriculture that is concentrated in regions far from most cities.

One solution to this problem lies in the recent proposal of José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), addressing a UN conference discussing common challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as climate change and food security: “Sustainable development calls for the strengthening of rural-urban linkages based on a territorial approach,” he said, pushing for “a rural-urban continuum.”

In fact, this process is already underway on a small scale as cities develop networks of farmer’s markets linked to small farms in the region around them, and as young people increasingly turn to subsistence farming near these cities.

There is a second component needed for this solution: a shift from dependence on fossil fuel for trucks and tractors to use of electric trucks and tractors recharged by solar-powered charging stations.

The Chinese are at the forefront of this with their shift to electric vehicles, and their development of solar energy. We need to learn from them.

A shift to electric tractors and solar charging stations on farms is especially important, but we have little indication that this process has even begun.

How much time do we have to make these changes? Impossible to say. Johan Galtung has predicted the end of the American empire by the year 2020. Will it be accompanied and/or caused by a global financial crash?

In any case, it is not too early to begin the transition to a “rural-urban continuum” based on solar energy and electric vehicles.

2 thoughts on “How to prepare for a global financial crash: Rural-urban continuum and electric vehicles

  1. There were some unfortunate errors as the post went out of hand without I could reread it. Corrected here below.
    Dear David Adams
    Thank you so much for sending me culture of peace newsletter through the years and holding me updated on developments in the different parts of the world.
    There is no question that the people of the world is yearning for peace. How are we going to solve the environmental problems without peace in the world and trust between nations. The environmental problems does not respect borders of state. The world needs a new Year of Peace in the light of world situation and as the Millennium meeting was a disappointment to so many. The will seams paralyzed because the believe that the man in his core is ill and peace can never be obtained because of that. The Sevilla statement from 1986 disproves that notion.
    Warmest greetings from Iceland
    Böðvar Jónsson

  2. Agree totally and the various scattered efforts inthe world ťo encourage return to rural areas , neighborhood farming, coops etc for youth, and population in general should be major priorities in national and local policies.
    Your points also are climate change and SDGs solûtions.

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