right on this blog.
My second article in this volume—Sailing craft for a post-collapse world—is a long piece that I wrote exclusively for this publication. It spells out the transportation options that will still exist once fossil fuels are no longer available, concentrating on sail transport. It pulls together pertinent information that is currently scattered across many academic disciplines, and is also informed by my personal experience as an ocean sailor and live-aboard who does all of his own maintenance.
The full table of contents can be found here. The book can be purchased through Amazon.
Fleeing Vesuvius draws together many of the ideas our members
have developed over the years and applies them to a single question—how can we bring the world out of the mess in which it finds itself?
Fleeing Vesuvius confronts this mess squarely, analyzing
its many aspects: the looming scarcity of essential resources such as
fossil fuels—the lifeblood of the world economy; the financial crisis
in Ireland and elsewhere; the collapse of the housing bubble; the urgent
need for food security; and the enormous challenge of dealing with
The solutions it puts forward involve changes to our economy and
financial system, but they go much further: this substantial,
wide-ranging book also looks at the changes needed in how we think, how
we use the land and how we relate to others, particularly those where we
live. While it doesn't discount the complexity of the problems we face, Fleeing Vesuvius
is practical and fundamentally optimistic. It will arm readers with the
confidence and knowledge they need to develop new, workable
alternatives to the old-style expanding economy and its supporting
systems. It's a book that can be read all the way through or used as a
resource to dip in and out of.