Manti egg cases
It’s that time of year again to cut back, very carefully, the lemon verbena tree. Once again the branches were filled with praying manti egg cases. The egg cases seem to everywhere in the yard. Soon, thousands, of little creatures will come pouring out of the egg cases and wage war on the bad insects that inhabit the deep dark corners of the garden. Move over Lucas, we have our own blockbuster hit. Soon to be released in our local theatre, ‘The Return of the Manti.”
Joining the lemon verbena in its annual “hair cut” are lavenders, blue basil and other hardy perennial herbs.
TIME TO LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES
Gas is running out in the next decade
For years we have been wanting to buy a wood cook stove and now may be the time to get serious in purchasing one. We are figuring with scrap wood, pruning, fallen trees, (and the ancient art ofcoppicing), we could use it to heat food and even water. Combine with the use of solar and cob oven these alternatives should prepare us for the upcoming crisis.
“North America peaked in terms of conventional natural gas production in 2001–2002. Notable examples of the effects of this peak are the dramatic increase in prices for natural gas and natural gas-dependent products, such as fertilizers and plastics. Consumption trends and patterns were also explored. In every case, the phenomenal growth rates in our economy show a complete disconnect with the reality of the resources currently supporting them. Canada, for example, has 8.1 years left in natural gas reserves.”
Three weeks ago we ordered the video: Cuba: Beyond Peak Oil to show here at PTF, and we are still waiting for the DVD to arrive. Cuba is leading the way in sustainable practices, and perhaps will be one of a few nations to weather out any upcoming energy crisis.
“Cuba has already been through economic collapse as a result of the shortage of energy resources. That happened after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989 and Cuba lost its primary sugar market and the source of almost all its petroleum. The Cubans rose to the occasion, and today are a model of sustainability for the rest of the world.”
Last March we screenedThe Greening of Cuba to a packed house.
“When trade relations with the socialist bloc collapsed in 1990, Cuba lost 80 percent of its pesticide and fertilizer imports and half its petroleum–the mainstays of its highly industrialized agriculture. Challenged with growing food for 11 million in the face of the continuing US embargo, Cuba embarked on the largest conversion to organic farming ever attempted.”
There is certainly a lot of focus these days on Cuba as a prime example of how one country was forced into looking for alternatives to their food and energy shortages. They’ve had a decade head-start on most countries, while others like the USA, still continue on a painfully, slow path to transition.
In 2006, Cuba has declared a “Year of the Energy Revolution.”
Havana, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina)
“Cuba will complete, by mid-2006, the installation of 80 percent of new generation capacities, a modern system backed up by emergency plants in vital locations, all of them with much more fuel-saving equipment.
… the small island besieged during decades by a huge power is determined to achieve that goal in a world plunged into a fuel crisis.”