Deep Adaptation

I am convinced that the times ahead will be terribly difficult. I know the suffering and loss will be widespread and that we won’t be able to stop that from happening: the convergence of so many deep crises happening at the same time has made it so.

I don’t act on “hope”, not even “active hope” (although I embraced that concept for some time): I act because I love this Earth and I love Life.

Deep Adaptation was a term coined by Jem Bedell and you can find more about it here and here. Jem also created a series of discussion forum and Facebook groups that can be found here.

Years ago, I explored my own version of Deep Adaptation and had two other blogs (now closed) on mainstream permaculture and emergency preparedness/survivalism. This time, I want to expand my exploration through blogging and sharing my own experiences and by inviting a close group to meet via Zoom and (for those living close) in person so we can explore not only the emotions this brings up in us, but the ways we can change our lives to adapt deeper to what’s coming.

One thing is certain: nobody really knows how the future will turn out to be. Uncertainty is the name of the game in many aspects, from climate and resources to social unrest to financial collapse to mental and physical health to wars, to extinction and the many other things that are already happening or might happen. There is no a “right’ way to prepare for this because this has never happened before and because we don’t really know the details.

Years ago, my focus was on surviving where I am: learning the skills and obtaining the tools and resources that may be necessary in the future were seen as good things to work on. Building community was hard (and continuous to be so) but this same idea was based on the belief or hope that we would stay in the same place.

With the years (and news) passing, it came obvious to me that uncertainty about place would be as an important factor as any other: with all the other uncertainties, we may be forced to leave our communities, households and houses and “stuff”, even useful tools and resources such as seeds, etc. may become an issue or unable to be carried.

What is then the best way to prepare?

In my blogs, I will share what has worked for me and others, what I have learned and my own questions and doubts.

Some emerging ideas include:

  • Skills may be more useful than stuff, tools or resources You can carry your skills wherever you go
  • Being light will help you to be more resilient than having to concern yourself with tons of stuff. It also means less destruction of resources and tools if a disaster happens
  • Emotional and spiritual grounding and skills on how to support others are probably on the top of the skills and changes that need to happen, along with real and wilderness first aid and skills to build shelters, look for and produce safe water, food and medicine
  • Building a community where we can support each other in many places would be as useful as building community where you currently live
  • Stopping the destruction and harm of ecosystems and peoples, as well as disengaging from systems and practices that perpetuate the oppression and destruction will help you with the rest and will help many others
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