Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The internet is all atwitter with the recent Existential climate-related security risk: A scenario approach report stating (more or less) that climate change is going to lead to the apocalypse by 2050. The report has been covered by USA Today, Reason Magazine, New Scientist, CBS, ABC, and more.
But what exactly is the report saying about our future? How do we prepare for climate change?
Impacts of Climate Change
According to the report, unless drastic measures are taken (on the scale of fighting a major world war), we can expect:
- a collapse in ecosystems including coral reef systems, the Amazon rainforest, and the arctic
- poorer nations that lack the infrastructure to cool their living environments (A/C) will become unlivable
- deadly heat conditions will persist in West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East, and South-East Asia
- water availability will decrease sharply in the tropics and subtropics where agriculture becomes nonviable
- food production will drop across the globe – food prices skyrocket
- extreme weather events will happen more frequently, including heat waves, floods, and storms
Infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, and ecosystems will be increasingly compromised. Wildfires will happen more frequently. Water supplies will decrease. There will be a great die off of many species, another mass extinction.
If you’re prepping to confront the effects of climate change, you have to be mindful of the other implications we might face…
- Climate migration. National Geographic states that up to 143 million people could become displaced by water scarcity and crop failure. What will the impact of migration on this scale be as more parts of the planet become unlivable?
- Capitalism at risk? Scientists have argued that climate change puts capitalism at risk. The theory is that we will have to confront climate change, and that will inevitably mean the end of the cheap energy that has fueled economic expansion. An economy built on consuming more and more will come to an end.
Preparing for Climate Change
Call me a pessimist, but I do not have much faith in humanity. I don’t think we will fully confront climate change before the full effects hit. But what, as preppers, should we do to prepare for it?
- Consider your age. If you’re 60 years old, carry on with other worries. Not to be morbid, but you won’t live long enough to face the full impact. If you’re 40 years old, you might want to start teaching the next generation about what they face. If you’re 20 years old, it’s time to start planning for yourself!
- Consider your location. Where do you live? If you live in Las Vegas (Las Vegas underground bunker tour), you face a worse water situation than what other areas of the country might confront. Do you live in a flood zone near tidal waters? Maybe you should move before property values plummet. The same applies if you’re in an area with worsening wildfires.
- Consider your food sources. Extreme weather will mean food price fluctuations. Farming production will be less consistent. Is your pantry stocked? Is it time to start a garden?
- Consider your energy sources. Energy will inevitably cost more. If you live in a cold environment, are there ways to preserve heat? If you live in a hot environment, are there ways to cut cooling costs?
- Be a prepper. Continue doing many of the things you already do. Becoming self-reliant buffers the impact of any external event. Having emergency supplies in place will help you and your family endure ever more natural disasters. The very act of being a prepper (join the Prepper Press tribe) already puts you well ahead of others.
Preparing Children for Climate Change
Kids today will face the brunt of climate change as they grow older. The most obvious thing you can do to help is to teach them survival skills (and how to prep in general). Make them aware of what’s coming, and how they can navigate it. Give them the skills they will need to survive the new world. For the very young, here are some suggested books you can have them read:
- What is Climate Change? – The author presents both sides of the debate in this fact-based, fair-minded, and well-researched book that looks at the subject from many perspectives, including scientific, social, and political.
- The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge – Get down to the facts on global warming, so kids can understand the crisis – and how they can help solve it.
- It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change – This book illustrates how interconnected we are not just with everyone else on the planet, but with the people who came before us and the ones who will inherit the planet after us.
For you adults that might be interested in exploring prepper fiction, some of which includes surviving climate change, see our Complete List of Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction.
Want more information on how to prepare? See the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.