and that is often our sole connection with each other
canned humanity leads to a fragmented life
reality does not look like this
The traditional family represents fewer than 1 in 4 households in America.
By 2025, traditional families will make up only 1 in 5 households.
reality looks like this
work looks like this
Over 15 million people in the U.S. are unemployed.
The unemployment extension is expiring.
Men lost more jobs than women.
One-third of workers report they don't have enough income to live comfortably.
finances look like this
The average credit card debt per household is over $8,000.
In 2010 alone, 1 million homes have faced foreclosure.
Four-in-ten workers (41 percent) say they often or always live paycheck to paycheck.
One-in-five said they don't set aside any money for savings each month.
housing looks like this
Homeowner equity is now less than 50% of the value of homes on average.
A record 1 in 9 US homes now stand vacant.
Over 14 million empty homes
households look like this
In just 26 years the percent of adults who were married decreased from 75% to 56%.
The average American spends the majority of life unmarried.
The most common household type in the US is, and will continue to be, people living alone.
family looks like this
Since 1970, the number of children in single-mother households has increased 417%.
There are 10 million single mothers living with children under 18 years old.
Over 33% of all births are to unmarried women.
About 11.9 million children currently live in single parent households.
labor looks like this
Young women are earning more money than young men.
Mothers do the majority of housework and childcare regardless of who in the family works or for how long.
The average weekly earnings of any full-time worker is around just $682.
hearts look like this
An estimated 20 million people in the US are depressed.
More prescriptions are dispensed for antidepressants than for drugs of any other type.
being canned is not working
local government advises
to install energy efficient windows
This assumes you have a house and time and money to fix it up.
to can your own produce
This assumes you have land and time to tend it.
For those of us who work 8 to 5, pay rent, care for children, and are scrambling to make ends meet, the above information is useless.
they are speaking to people who don’t exist
How can any of us live an efficient, healthy, fulfilling life when our resources are constantly being drained from us?
we could uncan ourselves
inter-relate and concentrate
build studio apartments around a commons
with earthship technology
earthships : a form of entirely off-the-grid, fully sustainable houses that are made from natural and recycled materials, and which can provide a steady, comfortable interior temperature regardless of how hot or cold it is outside. Bye-bye, utilities bills.
we could share skills
time and resources
school each other
and promote craftsmanship
we are isolated among many
we live, sleep, raise our children, work, and drive in cans