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In the latter half of the twentieth century the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly 50 percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful and car-dependent energy-intensive lifestyles came hand-in-hand with this demographic transition. In the age of Peak Oil environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution -- from isolated cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns and 2-car garages to small closely packed productive interdependent homesteads. This guide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted. From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock to tips on cooking heating and sanitation options and much more this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live.Required reading for anyone interested in increased self-reliance and a lower carbon footprint Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs will help you look past the white picket fence to a new world of possibilities.
- New Society Publishers, April 2011
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