Information Artwork: Resilience
Location: Richard Heinberg’s Backyard, Santa Rosa, CA
Featuring: Richard Heinberg
Resilience is the ability to keep going even when things around you are going wrong.
Richard and his wife have created their own food + energy sources that are less dependent on fossil fuels and other unsustainable inputs, and more integrated with seasonal flows of sunlight and water. They’re not completely disconnected from supermarkets and power grids, but gardening keeps them literally in touch with the earth. They know where much of their food comes from and what it takes from the earth to produce what they eat. Gardening is good exercise and keeps them aware of what’s happening in their environment — they notice, for example, when bee and bird populations fluctuate.
In Richard’s backyard, a solar water heater, vegetable garden, solar power grids, and rainwater harvesting barrels can be found.