Or.... maybe not? How could we react to preserve as many lives, and our surrounding ecosystems, as possible? What kind of mitigation steps could we take, once we realize "we're on our own - no one is coming to save us?". How could we organize to communicate and help our neighbors with the information that we have, the sustainable tools we own, the seed banks we've been building?
It was a fascinating thought exercise, and inspired some hope for people who have already been staring into the abyss. Now, a fast crash certainly isn't inevitable, and in fact I don't think it's even likely, but eventually we will be getting into a place where some of these systems may still exist - but may not be reliable - and may not work in all places, as the ring of services tightens, and as infrastructure crumbles.
The major topics we covered included water, obtaining food, heating, cooking, transport, sewage and trash, public health, and community organizing. Bob has already prepared some pdf flyers for free distribution in the event of a hard crash/ emergency situation. I'll be posting on some of these topics over the next month. I also got to show off my favorite appliances - the Sun Ovens - and hand out a flyer I created on solar cooking.
So those of you who have already made preparations of your own, and who want to start helping your communities and inspiring some resilience, how about sending out an email to your local sustainability listserv soliciting volunteers for a "Plan C" workshop? If nothing else, you might meet some other like-minded people!
Note: "Plan C" is also the title of Pat Murphy's excellent Peak Oil book - referring to community and conservation/curtailment. Plan C, in this instance, refers to a Contingency plan.