Book Review : Green Wizardry By John Michael Greer

Review of “GreenWizardry” by John Michael Greer. New Society 2013 John Michael Greer is the ArchDruid of the Ancient Order of Druids of America (don’t go!)  A highly respected author and one of the key voices in the Peak Oil movement. Despite (let’s face it) the handicap of being an ArchDruid he is a key speaker and one of the most influential writers involved in Peak Oil. This is no wishy-washy patchouli smelling new-ager but a ferociously clever mind relentlessly living in the apparent (or real) world who won’t give you any where to hide your beliefs or assumptions. Though he makes no claim to pre-historical descent he is very much in the mould of the Druids that Caesar described; intellectuals and natural philosophers of enormous sophistication. The book is divided in four the first part starts with principles, then food, energy and lastly whole systems. He starts with a description of the challenges that Western civilization faces. How energy, matter, information flow through systems and what actually constitutes sustainability. Food deals with growing and raising food., storage, manuring and other skills. Energy deals with conservation of energy and alternative power sources for the individual family. The last section deals with how to put things together, the value of discensus and a realistic appraisal of solutions and then why it all matters. The book is enormously easy to read and is filled with JMG’s subtle, gentle sense of humour, he only writes about what he knows works and is attainable … read more....

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