Summary: The present situation of possible oil depletion forces us to find ways to avoid dependency of fossil fuels in order to attain sustainability. Such methods can be:
Ruralisation should not be confused with urban sprawl, which is almost the contrary. With a different settlement structure, also a lot of lifestyle changes would be expected. Here is a list with a comparison of 'Urban' an extreme urban dweller with 'Rurik', his opposite that is thought living in a ruralised settlement.
Thus, there is not only a spatial dimension of settlements in a sustainability perspective, but also a lifestyle dimension. The change into sustainability could be described as a change in these dimensions. Please look at the pictures below
Articles about this:
2000b.Vulnerability in agriculture: Energy use, Structure and Energy Futures
Fossil Energy and Food Security. Article for Energy and Environment Vol 12:4 p.253-275.
Ruralisation - Integrating Settlements and Agriculture to Provide Sustainability.
Turning problems into advantages: Sustainability through local self-sufficiency. Paper presented at the FEASTA/Tiperrary Institute conference: Irland's Transition to Renewable Energy, Tiperrary, Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2002
Ruralisation: A possible way to alleviate our current vulnerability problems. With a comparison of the effects of oil depletion in Cuba and North Korea. Article for IV Biennial Workshop Advances in Energy Studies: Ecology - Energy issues in Latin America. Unicamp, Campinas, SP, Brazil. June 15-19, 2004.
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