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It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible—food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.
That opening quote is from David Wallace-Wells’ book The Uninhabitable Earth.
Discussing climate change and prepping gets mixed reactions. It’s like appealing to two different crowds: liberals and conservatives.
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When I am with my liberal friends I feel like I have to hide the fact I prep. I feel like I shouldn’t talk about having fun at the shooting range, or that I just stored another food bucket’s worth of rice for the unknowns. I can hear them now…
“You’re a doomsday prepper? Don’t be a right-wing nut job!”
When I am with my conservative friends I feel like I have to avoid saying climate change is real. I feel like I shouldn’t talk about how we have to reduce our carbon footprint, or that we’re killing off the insect population. I can hear them now…
“The Earth has had these cycles before. Climate change is bogus. Don’t be a libtard!”
I am here to tell you that you can do both, believe in prepping and in climate change. The ideas are not owned by any one political party. I am both, and I know I’m not alone.
Climate Change Prepper
You might be wondering, “What is a Climate Change Prepper? How is it different from any other prepper?”
Simply put, a climate change prepper preps for climate change.
The idea is not that different from being a doomsday prepper or a recession prepper. Most preppers have different reasons for prepping, but some have specific reasons. Doomsday preppers are focused more on surviving large-scale apocalyptic events whereas recession preppers are focused more on economic security. Climate change preppers are focused on the impact of climate change and how to prepare for it. While I know that preparing for hurricanes and EMPs is important, so is preparing for climate change, and my climate change prepping will help me should a hurricane of EMP hit.
Climate Change is Real
Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
I know, scientists and researchers can be bought. I’ve seen the memes! That’s not what’s happening, however. It is true that climate change has happened before, and will happen again, but the scale at which things are happening now is unprecedented.Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
I could cite all of the evidence, but it seems like most people have already made their minds up. Still, if you are unsure, I would encourage you to do your own research on scientific fact. You can start by going to NASA’s evidence page. I know NASA will not convince everyone. There are people that still believe the Earth is flat, after all, or that we never landed on the moon!
Climate Change Preppers Will Increase in Number
Climate change is not going anywhere. In fact, it is going to get worse – and worse – and worse. Temperatures will continue to rise, which will have various impacts on our weather and environment.
According to NASA, the effects of climate change include:
- Growing seasons will lengthen. You might think that being able to grow food is a good thing – if you are a prepper. We live in a symbiotic world. What happens in one area has a ripple effect in other areas. There are other food-growing problems at-hand.
- There will be changes in precipitation. Some areas will get more rain than others. More is projected for the Northeast. Less for the Southwest.
- We will have more droughts and heat waves. The ability to grow food consistently will diminish. Given enough time, this will mean global food shortages.
- Hurricanes will grow in size and power. This is already happening. The frequency of the strongest hurricanes have increased since the early 1980s.
The ripple effect of these changes will startle people. Our ecosystems cannot adapt to these changes as quickly as they are happening.
I’m Also a Climate Change Pessimist
More than just being a climate change prepper, I am a climate change prepper pessimist.
I do see signs of hope in the younger populations, who will have to deal with it more than older generations. People are talking about climate change more. I can also see the conversation swing from “climate change isn’t real” to “climate change isn’t manmade.” It is not much, but it is something.
However, I do not believe that the changes we need to make to combat climate change will happen. The changes are too difficult to swallow.
We like our lives the way they are. We do not want to carpool or to buy fewer things. We want air conditioners on hot days. We like the convenience and speed of air travel. We love our way of life just the way it is!
I know I am not the only climate change prepper out there, and it is time we started making ourselves known. Follow the Climate Change Prepper Facebook page.