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even when it's been knocked sideways.

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Why Resilience?

No one knows exactly what will be needed to adapt to the local particulars of climate change.

But to face it with open eyes, we need to prepare now for a turbulent future .

Grassroots or bottom-up efforts in your neighborhood can help.

There is a lot of power in just doing stuff.

What can you Do?

Increase Biodiversity
All human and economic systems face ecological limits. Protecting biodiversity is protecting our health and livelihoods. How about less lawnscape, and more neighborhood orchards, food forests, or native prairies?
Diversify Local / Hyperlocal Food Systems
When national supply chains are disrupted, locally-grown food can help sustain us. This inclues CSA, local, even neighborhood-grown food. And local food efforts have many other benefits.
Alternative Incomes, Currencies & Land Use
Alternate revenue streams can buffer economic calamities. You can "hedge your bets" in this regard by experimenting with a business idea at the neighborhood level. Zoning and land use regulations may have to bend or evolve to enable this.
Communicate your Skills & Services
Group collaboration, especially on neighborhood land use decisions, can help build door-to-door networks and awareness of local talents — which can be invaluable in a crisis.

Maintaining home, food, water, and energy security in the face of increased ecological and economic setbacks will require social-ecological resilience. This takes attention, trial and error — and time — to build.