Our poles are more than 20% melted. Oceans are rising. Leading scientists expect southern FL to be covered by water in 2050. CO2 output from 80% of our energy systems is accumulating from fossil fuels such as coal oil and gas. Only 20% of our energy is clean energy (geothermal, hydro, solar, wind, tidal etc.) We are experiencing rapid increases in temperature. Some USAID reports predict that temperatures will rise by as much as 6 C in the first half of this century. As a result, crop yields are diminishing and starvation will expand its hold on a greater portion of worldwide population. This no doubt will lead to civil unrest. National Geographic goes so far as to predict the end of civilization.
Picture the world with no motorized vehicles, no supermarkets, no manufactured goods, no municipal services such as water and gas, no government and no safety of any kind. What will you do? What should you do? Money will be worthless while medicine will be invaluable. Food may be the next currency. Clean water will be highly valued. The internet will in all likelihood no longer be available. Good reference books on basic survival techniques, construction techniques, agriculture, basic medicine and science fundamentals might be the cornerstones of your personal library. It’s best to prepare before the lights go out.
My husband read an article in the National Geographic about how our civilization could fall within a matter of days because of food failure, fuel failure or water failure. National Geographic’s movie, Collapse, featuring Michael Rupert, makes us easily visualize the downfall of our political and economic systems as a result of pursuit of energy and greed.
Coincidentally, today I did a random follow up of my favorite snorkeling sites:
The Red Sea at Akaba
The Red Sea at Sharma El Shech
I was shocked when I found that a majority of the coral was bleached white and dead. Our seas are more than at high stress levels due to water acidity, high temperatures and low oxygen levels. Our oceans are a major contributor to our planetary oxygen supply as are our rain forests which we have already decimated. How long can our planet survive?
A solution that could deliver immediate CO2 decline could be effected by instant and immediate cessation of automobile use. We can do this now or most of us will face certain extinction.
This is the end game. Lets play it responsibly. Failure to do so will result in near immediate death.