The 12 Steps of Oil Anon
(With a tip o’ the hat to Alcoholics Anonymous)
Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction to oil - that our lives had become unsustainable.
2. Came to believe that a dedication to the facts about peak oil could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to dedicate our will and our lives to the creation of a new and better way of living.
4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of the ways we have become dependent on cheap oil for our livelihood and lifestyle.
5. Admitted to ourselves and to others in the peak oil community that we hadn’t a clue about what to do next, and crashed.
6. Became entirely ready to listen to wisdom from others who have found solutions to fossil-fuel dependency.
7. Humbly asked them to invite us to their homes, meetings and ecovillages.
8. Made a list of our actual real-world options, and became willing to pursue them all.
9. Took direct action to develop a Plan B for our lives, making sure that this plan would involve helping the broader community, so that we would be of service to others.
10. Continued to take inventory of our on-going oil dependency, slowly weaning ourselves off a consumerist lifestyle.
11. Sought through research and connection with others to further improve our peak oil awareness, so that through knowledge and community we can carry out the goals of Relocalization.
12. Having had a mental and spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we sought to offer our knowledge and resources to those who remain unaware, and to practice the principles of sustainable living in all our affairs.