Let me explain. For those of you who haven’t seen the game Jenga, you build up a tower of blocks, and each person takes turns to remove a lower block and place it on the top of the tower. Eventually the blocks on the bottom have been eroded so much and the top is so heavy it topples over. Have a read of this Wikipedia article to get a better understanding.
This self named “Jenga Effect” is how I sometimes view our current civilisation. We are removing the worlds resources quicker than they can recover (pulling from the bottom of the pile), putting stuff into the air and trashing the planet’s eco-systems (the top of the pile) and eventually it will all fall over. An interesting analogy that I believe I made up myself? I found one reference to the term on Google with regards to real estate, so I will claim it as my own for the purpose of climate change and peak everything!
In the spirit of sustainable living, I have found an Peak Moment episode that I would like to share with you. It reports about suburban permiculture, with a visit to the house of peak oil expert Richard Heinberg and his partner Janet Barocco, who both live in Santa Rosa, California. They have converted their quarter acre house block into a food producing paradise, which makes me think that I need to get busy in the garden to catch up a bit. Time to convert the front yard to food production as well, I think!
Anyway, I have posted this 100th episode of the show, and hope you all enjoy it.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.