We envision a world of resilient, re-localized communities connected to one another through post carbon transport and logistics systems.
The Mission of The Center for Post Carbon Logistics is to research and assist in the implementation of appropriate post carbon maritime technology needed to keep commerce and transportation viable by responding to the interrelated connectivity, communication, equity, economic, ecological, and energy crises of the 21st Century.
Issues We Address:
Looking forward rationally at all the indicators, the “business as usual” choice takes us down a road to cataclysmic food and energy shortages, transportation disruption, infrastructure failure, inundation from sea level rise, financial meltdowns and its attendant social disarray.
Possible response strategies:
- Denial/blissful ignorance
- Last One Standing/anger, blame, war for food and natural resources
- Power Down/acceptance, adaptation
- Building Lifeboats – preparing local areas to be sustainable in the event of a global economic and environmental collapse.
We do These Things
- The Center will house a traditional knowledge data base, library, and a pre/post carbon tool, technology, and machinery collection. This activity is an ambitious effort to preserve, restore and promote the re-use of traditional skills.
Movement Building, advocacy:
- The Center promotes maritime, and first and last mile technology necessary for moving goods and people from place to place in a carbon constrained future.
- The Center is an advocate for existing and emerging low carbon shipping and post carbon transportation businesses and organizations.
- The Center is an advocate for appropriately sized working waterfronts in small to mid-sized ports throughout the the Hudson Valley, NY Harbor, Canals, and the Atlantic Coast.
- The Center advocates for a transition that people will embrace as a collective adventure, as a common journey, as something positive. Paraphrasing the title of Transition Town Rob Hopkins’ book, The Center for Post Carbon Logistics will be the embodiment of the “Power of Just Doing Stuff.”
Train, individuals and organizations:
- Partnering with other enterprises and organizations The Center will provide a physical place where professional practitioners and apprentices can participate in theory and practice workshops for preserving the skills of the past to serve the future
- The Center will host regional, national, and international conferences on post carbon logistics, traditional skills, and sail freight
- The Center will provide educational opportunities and creative, implementable, real world solutions to the 21st century environmental, economic, and social crises enabling people to work locally to transition our communities and bio-region away from a fossil fuel-based economy to a “restorative economy,” one that is human-scaled, embraces alternative locally based energy, and that is less extractive.