Survive Climate Change. Get a Gun.

Climate Change is happening right now. Expect it to cause social turmoil and impact your life soon so get ready.

Here’s a list of what I consider smart things to do. Please comment at to add your own suggestions.

1. Head for the hills.
   a. Water will be a huge issue. The basic truth is that the farther uphill you are the fresher your water will be. Try to live upstream of cities and as close to the source as possible. Stay out of large river basins.
   b. For the northern hemisphere precipitation is increasing in mid-latitudes between 40 and 70 degrees and decreasing between the equator and 30 degrees. Mid latitudes are probably best as long as you’re not in an area prone to flooding.
   c. I like the idea of living outside of town. Not so far away as to be completely isolated but far enough to have room to grow food, raise animals and preferably gather firewood.
   d. Heat causes fires. If you live outside of town, make sure there is enough defensible space to protect your house.
2. Get a small vehicle or a bike.
   a. Gas will become an expensive luxury and you still need transportation.

3. Do as much as you can afford to get your home energy efficient and self sufficient.
   a. If you live near a forest, install a wood burning stove.
   b. Insulate.
   c. Get energy efficient appliances. I don’t think the poison light bulbs are a good idea but checking the wattage on a frig or TV before you buy makes sense.
   d. Cut back. Live in a smaller home. If you don’t want to give up your McMansion, then at least only heat the rooms you use.
   e. If you can afford solar, wind or water power. Do it, but get simple systems with fewer parts that can break.
4. Grow as much of your own food as possible.
   a. You will have food.
   b. Less carbon emissions because less food will have to be mass produced.
   c. Less carbon emissions because less mass produced food will have to be transported.
   d. Less carbon emissions because organic farming using compost versus chemicals, binds carbon into the ground instead of into the atmosphere. If we all grow some veggies we could sequester billions of tons of Carbon.
   e. You will get some exercise.
   f. You will know what you’re eating.

5. Travel less.
   a. As oil becomes more expensive we will be de-globalizing, heading for more local economies so try to establish yourself as an asset to the local community early.
6. Stockpile essentials without going overboard.
   a. Enough food to last a while but not so much as to cause it to expire. I suggest stocking the things you eat anyway and gaging the reserve amount by how much you use and how fast it expires.
   b. Clothes to last several years. It doesn’t have to be fashionable but functional. Good boots, jackets, sweaters, pants, hats and gloves might become scarce.
   c. Keep camping equipment like propane, a heater and a stove handy.
7. Get a Gun.
   a. You may have to hunt for food.
   b. You may have to protect yourself.


Our World is in Turmoil. Let’s fix it.

I am fed up with our government, with our tax system and the way we treat our home, the earth. I’m a liberal but by no means bleeding heart. I’m environmentally aware but not a tree-hugger. I’m simply pissed off and quite frankly I don’t know what to do except to vent my frustration in this blog and hope that talking about things will lead to awareness, answers and action.

We, including myself live in a world of contradictions. We know we are rapidly running out of resources yet we still drive SUV’s. We know that we are changing the world’s climate yet we still burn fossil fuels because it’s comfortable and industry can make more money as oil becomes more scarce.

Politicians have already changed our “civil rights” to “civil liberties” with no one standing in the way as they rapidly chip away at what’s left. Our leaders have recognized that fear is power and have used today’s mass media to make us afraid. When I walk the streets of my home town or venture to the airport, I see more and more police “protecting” us from terrorists and child molesters. Don’t get me wrong, I know they are out there but I feel that the threat has been magnified by the media and that we have already reached a point where the “protection” is causing more harm than the threat.

Join me in my quest to speak out and change things one voice at a time until we are an army large enough to make a difference. Let us read between the lines and use our knowledge to change things.

I’m not saying that I have solutions for even a fraction of the world’s problems and I admit that as far as the environment goes, I am part of the problem. I’m not an expert on anything, I’m not exempt from wanting to live a comfortable life, but I do have a good portion of common sense and good intentions.

Join me if you think I make sense and post your own views if you think I’m full of shit. Either way, talking about it is the first step to solving any problem. Let’s hope we can tackle some of the ones we face today.


Global Warming – Stop Argueing – Take Action Now

As mankind faces the most dramatic natural disaster in history we are squabbling instead of taking action. We need to stop arguing, come up with a plan and take action NOW.

Our poles are melting, temperature and weather patterns are changing. Those are facts. Whose fault it is, man made or natural is almost irrelevant. The important thing is that we take action to prepare for the unavoidable consequences of climate change NOW.

Past climate changes have happened quick, the most recent having taken only about a decade. We have seen weather patterns change over the last few years, lost a bunch of ice, witnessed massive amounts of species going extinct and see a slow-down of the ocean’s conveyor which regulates temperature patterns around the globe. My gut feeling is to say that we are in the midst of climate change. Whether it’s caused by CO2, an active sun or any other cause is not the issue. The issue is… we can’t change, avert or avoid it so we have to figure out how to deal with it and survive it’s effects.

The focal point of all the issues surrounding climate change is energy. More specifically, present and future energy. The energy we currently use, which most say changes the climate, and the energy we will need in the future to supply more people and to stave off the effects of a changed climate. We need cleaner fuel now, not only because of pollution or the fact that we are running out, but because we will need much more fuel in the future.

The world economy is currently dependant upon CO2 emitting fossil fuels and we won’t just be able to throw a switch to convert to another source so we have to start now. We have to stop spending billions fighting over the remaining oil. No matter who owns it, we will use it up. As demand increases and supply dwindles it will become more expensive and economic factors will dictate that we replace it. If we’re lucky, mankind will be reasonable enough to spend more money finding new energy sources than fighting over obsolete ones. That’s a long shot but there’s always hope.

We will need more energy and there is no denying that burning oil and coal pollutes our planet. We have 2 choices if we want to survive as a species.

1. Come up with more, preferably cleaner energy.

2. Shrink our global population to a size that our current energy supply can sustain.

The first is preferable but considering our primitive human nature, the second is more probable. Let’s let common sense overpower human nature and strive towards option 1.

Think about it. There are many sources of energy, known and yet to be discovered that we can use. Wind, water, tidal, and solar are clean technologies that we have explored and can improve. We have started tinkering with ways to use the Earth’s magnetic field. There is gravity and countless types of cosmic rays that we haven’t even tried to harness yet. Nuclear has been around for decades and if it doesn’t blow up on you, it is extremely clean.

My suggestion, no, my demand is that mankind stop it’s economic and religious squabbling and start taking the action we need for our survival as a species. It will be impossible to get mankind to act as one, but someone has to start. If the US trimmed it’s government and military to a minimum, keeping enough troops and nukes to sustain sovereignty, we could save billions and use it to develop energy sources.

That scenario might even be good for the economy. Imagine all of the workers needed to make electric cars or cosmic ray powered toasters. Besides, whoever discovers a technology usually has a lead when it comes to selling it’s usage or the products it spins off.

New energy won’t solve global warming but it will help us deal with it better. Right now it’s the only option we have so let’s get on it!