Resilient Cities: Building Community Control
Oil is the life-blood of globalization. Along with its sister coal, it
has made industrial capitalism hum at a feverish pace for the past 200
years. Globalization is the force that is pushing our ecological and
economic systems to the brink. Should we choose to stay the current
course, the planet’s health will face some serious and catastrophic
The most common face of the crisis is climate chaos, but this is only one of several interconnected and mutually reinforcing problems: Toxic waste poisons our land, air, and water; a shortage of fresh water has left growing numbers of humanity without access to clean potable water; a food and agriculture crisis has resulted from land being industrially consumed and depleted to produce export crops; biological and cultural diversity are facing extraordinary rates of extinction; and indigenous communities are facing cultural and physical genocide. It’s apparent that our addiction to fossil fuels and a fixation on market-based ‘economic growth’ have placed the planet’s life-systems in a precarious situation.