Certificate Goals: Energy Conservation & Self-Sufficiency
Wolf Journey Book Seven – Trail of Sustainable Living features certificate goals of energy conservation and self-sufficiency on the path to becoming your local Permaculture Pioneer. We live in the modern world, where the very existence of humans threatens the environmental health of the planet. We were the cause of the mass extinction of mega-fauna 10,000 years ago due to the perfection we attained while hunter-gatherers. Now, we have been causing the extinction of myriad creatures great and small – possibly including ourselves – through mass development over the past couple centuries which is now catastrophically changing the world’s climate.
Not to fear: the field of “permaculture” has a solution. This theory and lifestyle of appropriate living is explained in Part Seven, but moreover, we want to emphasize a view of hope from the most recent “star” in the environmental movement – Richard Louv – who wrote Last Child in the Woods. At a speech he gave in Seattle in May, 2007 he pointed out that: the youth of today are optimistic. We’re no longer dealing with cynical Generation Xers who are children of hippies who kept telling everyone that they “already tried changing the world” and it didn’t work. But it did. The endangered species act and diligent work by conservation organizations saved countless acres of wildlife habitat, and there are eagles, and myriad other animals, where none were left two generations ago. Now green energy is taking more and more market share from big oil and coal.
So the new generation sees hope and opportunity, because we are mandated by the environment to create a new world, and it is the youth of today who will build it tomorrow. All of us can be a part of this revolution, cultivating the environment in a way that benefits nature as well as humans. And we can’t emphasize this enough: that those who don’t know nature to the profundity you will after completing this course are taking huge risks, no matter how good their intentions may be, when making environmental policy. Book Seven of Wolf Journey is a guide to help you step back into the world in a way which makes your footprint on the earth as light as possible as we create the future of humanity.
Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses are currently out of print as we redesign each book into an online format with video links and more. Only students enrolled in our spring and summer apprenticeships may access the course books at this time. Click here to send an email requesting to be notified when we publish the online version with a note indicating which course books interest you, whether you would like to receive our monthly Outdoor Skills Newsletter, whether you are also interested in courses for adults or youth, plus your location. Thanks!
Book One: Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist
Book Two: Trail of the Traditional Herbalist
Book Three: Trail of the Wildlife Tracker
Book Four: Trail of the Survival Scout
Book Five: Trail of the Ancient Artisan
Book Six: Trail of the Honorable Hunter
Book Seven: Trail of Sustainable Living
Book Eight: Trail of Environmental Education