Tsunami Inspires Community Garden, Makes Case for Resilience

The Japanese tsunami and the nuclear crisis that followed may have prompted many to rethink the value of nuclear power. But, according to one voice from Japan, it may also be encouraging a broader rethink of how we organize ourselves for resilience and sustainability. Over at Peak Moment TV, Stuart—a long-time viewer and supporter of the show living in Japan—reports in a letter from Hokkaido that he is finding neighbors who had previously scoffed at ideas for a community garden are suddenly very supportive:

Everyone now seems worried about where their food is coming from. I guess their motivation is more to eat radioactivity-free vegetables than community resilience which was my motivation, but I'll take any kind of resilience I can get! The result has been that a neighbor has stepped forward and offered me a free garden plot. Some of those I can still remember laughing at me are now all full of advice: "Don't over-till that soil, you'll kill
the earthworms! Leave me a corner so I can grow some herbs," and "Can I use some of that compost you've been making all these months [when I was laughing at you]?"

Stuart concludes with the hope that this will mark a longer-lasting cultural shift toward resilience. Climate change and peak oil, he says, have the potential to make this earthquake "look like a cakewalk".

Tags: Japan | Nuclear Power | Peak Oil | Permaculture

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