Prepping and Climate Change
As Preppers we try and anticipate scenerios that might end life as we know it and stockup on things we thing we will need to ensure our survival in the future. One thing that I don't see a lot written about is Climate Change. I'm not really sure why but I do have some thoughts. One reason I believe is that it's a slow catastrophe. It has been slowly happening for decades. Back in the 1950's some scientist were starting to sound the alarm about what we were putting in the atmosphere. As is true with all predictions, there were skeptics. Now with the majority of climate scientist saying that it is real and happening, we still are doing very little about it. When I say we, I mean on a global scale with all countries participating. Here in the United States, there seems to be more of a sense of urgency. After all, we primarily started it with the advent of the industrial revolution. Developing countries don't seem to be as accepting to change their polluting practices. The reason for this is that it will cost money. It will cost a lot of money and at this point we may be past the tipping point and can do nothing to stop what will happen at some time in the future. We might be able to slow it down, but personally I think that ship has sailed and we're along for the ride.
As for the skeptics that are still saying they don't believe it, I believe that their opinions for the most part are driven by profit and greed. By the time climate change is making life on Earth difficult at best, the government officials that could do something about it will be dead and it will be up to our kids and grandkids to deal with. They are the ones that will suffer. I will most likely be dead within 30 years. I may live long enough to witness the start of the devestation but for the most part I won't have to survive my entire life through it as people born 30 years from now will.
How do you prepare for a slow catastrophe? It's hard. As of yet we don't really know how different areas of the globe will be ultimately affected. One theory is that as the ice caps melt, they will dilute the salt in the oceans and stop or change the currents that currently control weather patterns. This means that there will be areas that were traditionally cold and wet to be drier and hotter. Areas that were arid may become wetter. This change in ocean currents has happened many times and has been proven to have greatly affected global temperatures around the world. Desert areas today were once lush and green. Ice ages came and went. These events happened slowly and on their own. What we are seeing now may be part of a natural cycle and we may just be speeding up what would eventually happen anyway. My thought is this though, if there is a possibility that we are affecting the climate and can do something about it, then why wouldn't we. Is it that we just don't care about our future generations? We don't want to hurt the profits of the large corporations that donate money to the election of the politicians? I don't know the answer to that. One thing for sure is that what may be a perfect bug out location now may be unlivable in 50 years. That won't affect most of us, just something to think about. There is a SyFy show on TV right now called "Incorporated". It's based on the premise that climate change has happened and corporations now control everything in our lives. You either work for the corporations and live a good life or you struggle with day to day survival. Even though this is science fiction for now, I do see large corporations controlling more and more of our politicians.
I really believe that in 30 years we will see suffering on very large scales with climate refugees all over the world. I'm glad I won't have to live during that time in human history. All we can do is prepare for what we see and know at this time. The future preppers will have to prepare differently that we do. What is important to us now may now be worth a hill of beans to our future generations.