It's often said that cultural shifts only become clearly evident with hindsight. Is it possible that the post-fossil fuel era has already begun?
Indeed, for all the talk of insurmountable challenges and very real crises‐both ecological and economic in nature—there are also promising signs of a shift in how our global culture operates. From young people waiting longer to drive through teens building tiny, mortgage-free houses to the trend toward dematerialization and collaborative consumption, we've documented some of the early symptoms of what might just be a paradigm shift. Add to that the fact that some serious business types are questioning the fundamentals of growth-at-all-costs economics, and people everywhere are beginning to ponder the notion of a plenitude economy where quality-of-life matters more than GDP, and you really can make the case that we are witnessing something profound.
Rob Hopkins has a post over at Transition Culture in which he is trying to crowd source a catalog of early transition trends that could be a sign of bigger things to come. From a renewed interest in growing your own food to bike sales in Italy outpacing cars, he has plenty of evidence of his own to cite. But he is looking for your help. Head on over to Transition Culture to share your own trends or observations, tweet them using the hashtag #transitiontrends, or just leave them in the comments below.
Just remember, as I argued in my post on peak oil fixations the other day, trends can be encouraging, but no future is inevitable.
We have to make it happen.