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November 27, 2014
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Will we sleep for 17 years?


The writing on the wall tells us that we must all, both as individuals and as communities, become more self-sufficient by learning basic life skills and supporting one another. We already have a good foundation: the movement to buy fresh and buy local from our region’s food producers is growing. There are already grassroots organizations working for sustainable energy—Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) and Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS), for example. There are organizations like Transition Honesdale that are working to increase individual self-sufficiency and community resiliency. Our county governments are planning for the future, too, facing the real possibility that there will be fewer funds to work with, just as workers and householders have fewer funds to work with. Cornell and Penn State Cooperative Extension Services and local libraries are working to teach people skills.

Achieving a common vision for our Upper Delaware River Valley is important. With this in mind, we challenge you, our readers, to share with us not only what you think you might find in the Upper Delaware River Valley after a 17-year sleep, but also what optimistic and achievable vision you believe would be possible here.

We here at The River Reporter want to share some of our vision with you:

We see a lower-carbon world. We see ample possibilities for alternative sources of energy—not only in solar and wind, but also in local biomass. We see less waste and, with it, more repurposing, reusing and up-cycling of materials we now think nothing of throwing away. We see people coming together to help each other and learn from each other.

What is your vision for 2030? We want to know what you think the people who live and work and raise families in the Upper Delaware River Valley need to be ready for 2030. We invite you to join the conversation.

What we really need is for people not go to sleep for 17 years.