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Starting February 4, 2020
A Series of 12 Compression Thinking Teleconferences

Each Teleconference will be Based on a Podcast. Listen to all 12 here.

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We are squeezing the planet more than it can stand. To stop squeezing it, we must squeeze our consumption — cut our use and disposal of resources much deeper than “sustainability.” We can’t sustain economic growth and save the planet on the side. Deep squeeze is a revolution in how we work, live, and think. Why? What to do? Keep exploring this site, digest it in bite-size chunks, join the Compression Community and let’s figure out what we need to do. 

What Do We Need to Do?

To live in a modern balance with nature, we have to change what we do. We know a lot of basics: the “Rs:” Re-use, repair, re-manufacture, recycle … revitalize ecologies — stop spewing excess toxins all over. Why isn’t everyone taking action? Because our deepest issues are with our own hang ups understanding and motivating ourselves. So please keep exploring.

How Can We Change Ourselves? 

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    Why do we need to “Compress”?

    Climate change and excess CO2 is only one abuse of the planet. Suppose we were able to “siphon off infinite energy from the dark matter of the universe” without generating CO2. If we kept using energy to do what we do now, we would still do ourselves in. The case for totally changing what we do is very strong. However, we are mesmerized by economic expansion and growth formulas. We don’t want to think about living differently. When we do, we struggle to think clearly and learn vigorously. We all do.  

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  • How must we change?

     

    No “magic bullet” will let us continue the status quo. Changes will be drastic. To make them we must drastically change how we think. Everyone’s local situation is different. No paint-by-numbers program will fix your ecology. Compression Thinking is a guide for clarity assessing your situation, and wisdom setting a new direction. A start is learning to live as well or better while using (and wasting) much less. But learning to be in balance in nature will take much more than that.

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  • Why can’t we get on with it?

    We now live by expansionary thinking. Economies are based on it. We fear questioning it. A yawning chasm separates expansionary thinking from Compression Thinking, which seems strange. It promotes Profligacy-to-Frugality transformation. Ask “How little do to I need? instead of “How much will this cost?” Physical transformation requires our psychological transformation. We must use technology to live in balance with nature, not let it separate us from nature.   

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An Overly Simple Version of Compression

The Overly Simple Version of Compression

For a little less simplistic diagram, please click on What is Compression.

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    Finding Our Real Reserves April 7, 2020  Covid-19 and its economic tailspin presage many more crises to come. We must change how we live and how we think. Our economic objectives have set us up for Covid-19, with more debacles on the way. What we have assumed to be success, isn’t. We yearn to return […]

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  • System Fragility

                  Above: Model of the Corona Virus. At Right: Diagram of our proper priorities: Earth first; us second; profit third. Or, should profit be no more than a systemic convention?   Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush First in a Series “Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush” is a […]

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  • Legal Creep

      Legal Creep Or why we think there is no alternative to economic expansion A better sub-title for this essay with two book reviews might be “can we escape our self-deception that economic expansion is necessary?” Whether economic expansion is labeled capitalist or socialist, we insist that we must “grow.” Escaping this mindset stretches our […]

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Join Our Compression Community

The intent of the Compression Community is to stir more environmental action, and try to assure that it is effective. That is, stop adding to human consumption, help nature revitalize itself, and remediate one or more of a long list of environmental dangers without making any of the others worse.

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Join the Compression Thinking Series of Podcasts and Teleconferences

Starting February 4, 2020: A Series of 12 Compression Thinking Teleconferences. Each Teleconference will be Based on a Podcast. Listen to all 12 podcasts here.

All teleconferences are free, but please sign up in advance.

We are squeezing the plant more than it can withstand. To stop squeezing it, we must dramatically squeeze our consumption — our use and disposal of resources. Compression differs from sustainability, a term that implies that we can keep advanced economies much as now, and save the planet on the side. But squeezing our consumption implies huge changes in how we work, live — and think.

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