- Oct 4, 2009
- owner of various real estate concerns
Excellent points! There are retired Black union workers in NY that are homesteading and teaching homesteading to others, and since the majority of us live in urban areas and will not be able to migrate to rural areas when the plug will get pulled on the economy here, hydroponics and community lots gardens are a real survival mechanismI think that we as individuals have to all pick up a trade and a niche whatever that may be. People need to first understand what is sustainable and what is NOT! We first have to come to the understanding that the current system is NOT sustainable! We have lived this way for only 100 or so years and look at it, its falling apart. People, particularly non white people have lived on this planet for millions of years by sustainable development which seems to have been thrown out of the window when the white man came out of the caves. What do I mean by sustainable development ? Something that can be done over and over is useful to mankind and does not have negative consequences. In other words we need to start learning to farm, plant and do trades that people can actually use and are of value to other people. Now for many of us this is out of the ball park, because alot of us dont own homes or land. Realize that this central to sustainability in every way. So now what do you do? Under the current economic structure you have to be smart about it. Get trades that will pay off in both the long and short run. Farming, Carpentry, Electrician, steel/iron worker, mortician, bakery owner etc? Why these? Because you can not only get a job anywhere be your own boss and make positive contributions to the community. Of course we will also need doctors lawyers and scientist but we would need more skilled workers than the later. If every person in the community had a trade they would be of value to themselves and the community at large. Ever heard the saying "If only I knew then what I know now"? If we employed ourselves in whatever skill we develop we dont need anyone else to hire us. Now I know schooling under this system takes money but thank god for the internet. There are some things you can learn to do that require no schooling at all and can pay off big. We need to find them invest our time and use it to our advantage along with the other trades I mentioned. If we did that it can solve our unemployment issues.