I'm not holding my breath for palsied governments or "markets" to take care of these problems for me. I decided a few years ago to take personal responsibility instead. Most humans should realize by now that governments are incapable of dealing with a situation like this. They'll just bicker, argue, deny the problem, ignore it for a time and then start blaming each other because nobody did anything worthwhile. Businesses will blame the government for regulating them(the environmental protection laws vs. corporate growth debate is going on in the US now this, this, and actually has been for a few of years. This means some businesses can't even adapt to a changing world. I admit that I get a smile from people saying environmental regulations are killing US businesses...to me it's only fair since US businesses have been killing the environment for so long). People have been adapting to a changing world for a long time, so what prevents businesses and governments from adapting? I don't know of any examples of large central governments taking advantage of a decline in anything in a positive way. Most governments will just try to take resources from other countries via trade, slavery or war. Now there are plenty of examples of individuals or small organizations taking advantages of new niche markets, but nothing on a large scale. Personally, I think this planet could support 7 billion+ people, but not at current levels of consumption. We'd all have to become something in between 1st world nations and 3rd world nations(probably closer to 3rd world). We have all the tools necessary at our disposal right now. Those that can afford it can use large machinery, those that can't afford it can use manual labor(including animals) to do the earthworks necessary for abundance. David Holmgren had it right. But I have to be honest, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around not owning the land that I live on. I'm open to that discussion, but I can just imagine all the people who hold that land dear saying that not owning the land is a non-starter for them. So we have some key points of civilization to overcome if we are to get this done because for many Europeans, owning a large piece of land is akin to being a lord, or sticking it to "the man". But as long as everything is moving along "normally", most people don't worry about this crap. There are just way too many issues causing the problems, and they won't be overcome by legislation because most of them are culturally ingrained in people. For example: fast food kills more people than gun violence, car accidents and smoking. The last 3 are regulated, the first one isn't. What do you do about that? It's easy to say, "don't eat fast food", but when you're surrounded by them and have 6 fast food restaurants between you and the grocery store, chances are you're going to eat in one because it is so quick and easy. Should we slap laws on to fast food? How would you even do that? What if I live in an area that only has fast food as a food option(ie: food desert)? My answer is to grow your own food. You don't have to grow all of it, just some of it. Even if it's just a single tomato plant, a few heads of lettuce, or herbs. Grow something. The first step of bringing a plant from seed to plate will start most people who do it successfully on a very interesting voyage. There's no such thing as a green thumb(and I hate that term to be honest. It sounds too "magical" to me). Reading, education(there are plenty of classes on growing veg in my area) along with trial and error got me to where I am today. It wasn't over night, it took a couple of years and I'm still doing it and learning new crops. If you want to get fully immersed in it from the get-go, take a PDC. While it won't teach you how to grow veg, it will teach you the underlying system to do it right, even on a small scale in a suburban back yard. In the US, the government can actually help you with lists of what does well for your area and even what cultivars to get and when to plant. Our types just ignore the part about fertilizers and focus on creating good soils instead(which a PDC will help with). Since the housing bubble, there has been a resurgence of people wanting to grow their own fruit and veg. Whenever there is economical trouble/shortage of supplies, there is a resurgence(WW2 is a prime example). So it's not much of a stretch to say that when the oil decline gets to the tipping point, many people will start growing their own food either by choice or by necessity. It's probably a good thing that this tipping point(ieil, gas, food prices) is different for each person. Now, since the middle class is shrinking(or some say non-existent), there are more poor people in 1st world nations. These are the people that should be the focus of any movement. I know I feel empowered by providing some of my own food, so some of the other poor folk should also(I'm not that unique after all). Sometimes I even feel a little subversive by gardening and get an evil grin when I'm in the back yard. I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm not at the definition of poor either. I'm not even sure how people make it on ~$25k a year with a family of 4 to feed(roughly the US poverty line). So people are faced with choices: grow food or starve, adapt to a changing world or become extinct, keep up business as usual and degrade the environment or work with nature to get abundance. We're all going to face these choices sooner or later. Education will help people survive what is coming. Better education will have some people living in abundance instead of eeking out a living. These are personal choices. Most people have access to the internet(either at home or at the local library), so why waste a valuable resource? Use it to learn more. Educate yourself. After all, we are responsible for our own lives. If you give up that responsibility and allow others to take the responsibility, then you are giving up your freedom of choice as well. You either take back what is yours, or suffer under somebody else's bad legislation. Governments and corporations rely on our money to survive. If you slowly get out of the money game(or move to a local currency which is perfectly legal in most places), then you start putting pressure on these large institutions to change(or to tap emerging markets as they put it). Force them to play our game instead of the other way around. It's really quite liberating when you begin to see the possibilities. But you're looking for sweeping reforms that help everyone right now. That's not how things work(that was a little painful to type). Changes are usually slow. Social movements are slow. Cultural change is slow. What we're facing is probably an upheaval of society as we know it, and that upheaval can be good or it can be bad. However, upheavals usually are major issues while they're happening. It's up to each individual to asses the possibilities and face them before they happen. I'm not sure it's feasible to buy insurance for societal collapse, unless you provide your own insurance with the natural capital which you already have(the land you live on or have access to). All you have to do to see what's possible is to look at what's happening in Detroit right now. The city has just declared bankruptcy(I assume the state can't be that far behind). Commercial and homes are abandoned and rotting. There's plenty of unused land in the city, and it'll probably remain that way. Why aren't people making tons of community gardens and starting business opportunities from that? Where are the chickens and goats? There are just so many possibilities in a degraded and bankrupt city. If I lived closer to Detroit, I'd definitely do some form of agriculture/horticulture.