I recently had the pleasure to interview Andy the renowned podcaster of "The Poor Prole's Almach" where we discussed some fascinating and essential subjects like:
- How to survive the collapse
- The opportunity offered by agroecology
- Agroecology vs. permaculture
- Food & biodiversity, not just for the Human kin
- Invasive species & non-native species
- A more inclusive definition of "preppers"
- No we are not talking about returning to being a caveman or hunter-gatherer
- How to restore kinship across the political and social spectrum
- The necessity to embrace the changes we are in as a collective
- The potential new, innovative, and also ancient solutions.
- What you can do to help
- And more...
The global ecosystem is under immense pressure due to a combination of human activities, such as deforestation, pollution, overfishing, and the burning of fossil fuels. These activities have led to the depletion of natural resources, the destruction of habitats and ecosystems, and the release of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
As a result, we are witnessing the loss of biodiversity, the collapse of ecosystems, and the degradation of soil and water quality.
Societally, we are facing numerous challenges as well. Income inequality, poverty, and discrimination are pervasive in many parts of the world, leading to social unrest and conflict. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed and exacerbated these issues, leaving many people vulnerable and struggling to survive.
In terms of civilization collapse, it is important to note that there is no single, widely agreed-upon definition of this term. Some experts argue that we are currently experiencing a slow collapse of our social and political systems due to factors such as economic instability, political polarization, and the erosion of trust in institutions. Others argue that civilization collapse would entail a more rapid and catastrophic breakdown of our infrastructure and way of life.
Regardless of the terminology, it is clear that our planet is facing significant environmental and social challenges that require urgent attention and action from individuals, communities, governments, and organizations worldwide.
The Poor Prole’s Almanac is a project dedicated to developing a framework for an ecology-centered vision of the world after capitalism inevitably collapses. Our focus is to make ecology and agriculture accessible, replicable locally, and to highlight examples of resilience in history & people actively developing those systems in real time.
If the idea of building a better, sustainable world in which humans drive positive change through our relationship with nature across the planet, then this project and our work is for you.
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Andy is an accountant, farmer, writer, and spends his free time focused on food sovereignty, through a variety of formal and informal institutions. While the host and primary researcher for the Poor Proles Almanac, he also co-hosts Tomorrow, Today, The Gastropocene miniseries, and he’s currently in the process of authoring three books through Bread & Roses Press. Andy’s also the founder of the Proles Network, which currently hosts four podcasts, and more coming. Andy can be found scouring New England looking for lost cultivars of nut trees and restoring ecosystems he may or may not have legal access to.