How to Survive Environmental Armageddon
In his 2006 article titled ‘The Earth is about to catch a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years’ the British scientist James Lovelock gave a bleak prognosis of our planet’s health and the future of mankind. Lovelock suggested billions of us will perish by the year 2100 AD as a result of global warming. The earth will be a hostile desert unable to support crops. Only a few of our species will survive in the cooler Arctic region.
Lovelock’s predictions might seem pessimistic, but without doubt the world is facing turbulent times, economically and environmentally. So what can you do to increase your chances of surviving environmental Armageddon?
Take action now
Don’t expect the environmental apocalypse to come with a bang, like our father’s nightmares of mushroom clouds and H bombs. The environmental fallout will be a creeping sickness, temperatures increasing by gradual degrees, ice caps melting and ocean breaching the shores. It’s a sad but steady decline. The good news is there might still be time to slow down the process and give the earth and future generations some hope. The most important thing you can do for yourself, your children and your grand children is to do your bit now – vote with the environment in the forefront of your mind; join groups lobbying governments for reductions in emissions and increased protection of natural habitats; reduce your own energy use and carbon footprint; recycle, reuse and repair; reduce waste and conserve water.
One effect of global warming that the earth is already experiencing is increasingly stormy weather. Not only will storms be more frequent by they will also be more violent. Those living in areas of the world already vulnerable to hurricanes and large storms might think about reinforcing their homes to provide better protection.
Run for the hills
Already polar icecaps are melting at an alarming rate. Once the icecaps begin melting the earth gets warmer leading to the icecaps melting quicker – it’s a kind of feedback loop. With melting icecaps comes rising sea levels. Lowland and costal areas will suffer erosion and flooding – the global map we know will change shape. While low ground will be inundated by the flood, high ground will be safe and dry.
Move to colder climes
According to Lovelock’s grim predictions, global warming will have the effect of pushing up the earth’s temperature by 8 ºC in temperate areas and 5 ºC in the tropics. This rise is enough to make many of today’s lush green regions nothing but inhospitable desert. Food will be hard to come by and many areas will just be too hot to support life. Lovelock suggests the survival of the human race will be limited to a few groups in the Arctic. Perhaps it’s time to swap your house for an igloo – an altogether cooler and greener alternative.
In truth, building an ark and sailing for the Arctic hills isn’t the answer. You must reduce your contribution to global warming and persuade, pester and vote for family, friends and governments to do the same. Support renewable energy projects, such as offshore wind, solar and tidal, and help preserve the earth for future generations.
James Anderson is a Freelance Copywriting specialising in wind power and renewable energy.
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