Posted by: righthandblink | May 20, 2016

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven
How you can survive climate change.

Are you concerned about where we’re going? A lot of people are. We all have the sense, this intuition. We’ve seen a pattern out there. We sort of glimpse it here and there. That this is really bad news. A lot of the stuff that is happening in the world.

To say that climate change is a big issue is to put it mildly. Its implications are massive. As with most things in life, the response and solution should be proportionate to the problem. Given the scope and characteristics of global climate change, the solution can be nothing short of a massive cultural transformation. But the experts, like Richard Heinberg, say that we are already past the time where massive cultural transformation could be implemented.

In a perfect world, the atmosphere would harmlessly absorb all the waste we dump its way. There would be no climate change. If only the world were perfect.

In a second-best world, we would simply and easily do what is required to reduce GHGs, and adapt to the changes to which we are already committed. Climate change would be a pest, but we would deal with it, quickly and relatively painlessly. If only the world were even second-best!

In the real world, it’s not so simple. Because there are so many complexities and dilemmas inherent in the climate change issue, solving it isn’t so easy.

We all know the consequences of climate change only too well – the storms, the floods, the heat waves, the droughts (which will definitely affect food production), and all of their associated effects. They all, in one way or another, contribute to human pain.

We know that climate change is a result of the increase of temperature of our atmosphere and we know that the most widely-understood component of climate change is mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. We are a society still largely dependent on fossil fuels for powering our factories and fuelling our cars, and we still have lots of cows, despite their bad habits. Greenhouse gas emissions continue.

So we do know what to do to solve the problem. The solution is quite simple – stop burning fossil fuels and stop eating beef. Simple enough. However, no one is prepared to do that because of what they feel would be the eventual adverse affects to the economy. In Ottawa, the City Council can’t even decide to stop speeders by using photo radar. Why? Because history has shown that making such decisions about public safety, although it is a crucial consideration, jeopardizes political job security. It’s political suicide. If they can’t so much as solve some traffic problem, then how on earth are they going to solve climate change! That’s why we keep hemming and hawing around, vacillating. Waiting for someone to come up with a magic pill – or in this case, a bullet.

“The problems that science is attempting to solve
were originally created by science.”

With that reality in hand, how does a single individual person prepare for what is going to happen? There are some genuine issues here, and although these issues may be complex, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the basics. You don’t need to dress it up in a lot of jargon. Most people are smart enough to get the basics. And the basics are what you need to start making sensible decisions in your life.

What are the basics? To best describe the basics, we have to find out what is important to you. Have you ever thought about what is really important to you? Today many people will say that the important items in their lives are smart phones and computers, maybe jobs, and cars.

However, two hundred years ago things were different. What was important then was family, health, food, water and survival, maybe Indians and gunfighters. You know, the basics. Things that we now take for granted. The consequence of this lost has been that family, health, food and water are now taken for granted, and what we take for granted today might not be here for our children. That is a consequence that some of you really don’t want to live with? They are still important to us but we have lost our basis for comparison. Let’s explain.

Baseline for Comparison

We need to look at where we came from, to see where we are and where we are going. We all need a Life BASELINE to be able to compare our present day with the past. Usually our only knowledge about the past comes from our older grandparents. Automobiles have only been around for just over one hundred years, yet we all believe that they will be around forever. We need a reality check.

For you to understand this concept, I will use an illustration: A young fishing boat captain out of Boston was recently asked how the fishing was. She said it was great. She commented that they only had to go north from Boston to the waters off of Nova Scotia to catch 200 pound marlin. To her, life was good. 

Then we talked to an old sea captain and when we mentioned what the younger captain had said, he laughed at her comments. He said that they “only had to go one mile outside of Boston harbour, and the sea was teeming with fish. 200 pound marlin, blah! We’d throw ‘em back ‘cause they’re too small.”

With a baseline for comparison, we see that today things aren’t so good anymore – the changes we have gone through to get to the present day have not created as good a world as we thought we had. Things aren’t as good as they once were. Oh, maybe we don’t have to worry about Indians anymore, at least for the most part, but at best, things today are mediocre. A baseline gives us that reality check. And what is important is not what you don’t see today, but what it was that caused the change to occur since your baseline was first established.

Your Own Personal Life-boat Strategy – The Magnificent Seven

You need to provide the essential services that you and your family will need in the event of a crisis. You have to think about essential services, real essential, what is really important to you.

It’s easier than it sounds.There are seven basic necessities you need: shelter (including clothing), food, water, energy (electricity, heat and power), transportation, security, and healthcare. We call them “The Magnificent Seven.” There used to be only five, but we have added security because of the times we will be in, and healthcare because of our aging population.

 

You must be able to provide, for yourself and your family, these necessities by yourself, or have access to them, without any reliance on external forces, such as, and especially, the government (we’ve already showed you why you can’t rely on the government – see above). Don’t get concerned about oil. We have only had oil for the last 150 years, so, once-upon-a-time, these necessities were available to us, albeit, not in the form that we would really want to use today.

You should use these basic necessities, the Magnificent Seven, to create your own personal life-boat strategy.

 

Renewable, Green and Healthy . . . for a Sustainable Tomorrow!
© 2016, Right Hand Blink
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