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Climate change can be apolitical subject, and in today’s political climate, that means it’s a polarizing subject. Those on the far right say it isn’t happening. Those on the far left say the sky is falling. There isn’t much common ground.



We have seen the conversation change over time, however. Fewer people are outright denying that climate change is happening. People are transitioning from “it’s not real” to “it’s real, but it’s not man-made.” Alternatively, they are going from “it’s not real” to “it’s happened before, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”, I’m sure the latter is a dwindling number every year as the climate disasters unfold before our eyes. I'm sure it's a rude awakening for them.


Progress is progress either way, as is awareness. One thing we do see more of is the ever-growing link between “prepping” and climate activism. Now it’s not to be confused that even though we are the “Preparedness Project” we aren’t exactly “Preppers” ourselves. While many of us have bush craft, woodsmen (or women) experience, avid hiking, camping and even hunting we’ve never put this project out there as a “Prepping” group but rather Preparedness in the since of awareness of the various challenges that humanity faces and banding together to make an impact.We do however have some basic survival information on our site HERE but I wouldn't go as far to call it "Prepping",We would be lying if we weren't taken by the off-grid movement and the romanticism it has.


As if it was a taboo, only talked about is whispers when you get down to the grass roots levels of true Green or Climate activists; I’ve found the most far-left climate activist shares quite a lot with his or her far-right counterpart that is usually associated with the fringe “survivalist” persons.


Ah the old idea of loners in the woods sitting on stockpiles of guns and ammo. Since then, “prepper” has become a household term with prepping becoming far more mainstream than it has ever been to the point freeze dried food can be purchased in everyday places you’re your average sub-urbanite’s Costco. We are now seeing more and more of your average person’s take interest in this education and life style perhaps due to the ever-increasing climate related disasters such as wildfires that have been wiping out whole townships. (Source here )



What will prepping for climate change look like?



 In many ways, not that much different from prepping for anything else. A big part of prepping is preparing for natural disasters. Natural disasters and climate change go hand-in-hand. 


According to NASA (They are also preparing for it on their own accord source here.) and what we already have researched here at the Preparedness Project, some of the effects of climate change on the United States will be:


Rising Temperatures – This will not be uniform across the country or over time.

Frost-free Growing Seasons Will Lengthen – Food-wise, this could be seen as a good thing, but read on.


More Droughts and Heat Waves – Just when you think the growing season will extend, heat waves and droughts will stress food security.


Hurricanes Will Become Stronger and More Intense – Storm intensity and rainfall from hurricanes will increase will require greater preparation for hurricanes.


Sea Levels Will Rise – Expect greater storm surges and higher tides. Don’t forget that warming oceans also impacts fishing.


The same as prepping for a recession requires different methods than prepping for civil unrest, prepping for climate change will require different methods as well. While climate change will require preparing for more hurricanes in certain areas, there are longer-term issues that will need to be addressed.



Here are a few:


Environmental Migration – There are already indications that climate change is driving mass migration around the globe. While North America may not face the type of migration problems that people in Bangladesh, Africa, Central America, and Australia might face, the people in these places will have to go somewhere when drought and famine strike. Their migration will cause political and economic challenges around the globe. How can you prepare for that as an individual? I don’t know.


Food Shortages – Erratic weather will wreak havoc on agriculture. Farmers will experience drought, then abnormally heavy rainfall, then drought, then hail, etc. Food prices will swing up and down. The household impact will be felt at the grocery store checkout.


Gardening – Preparing for this could, and should, include growing more food at home. That could mean anything from an herb garden off your deck to a full-size family survival garden. Gardening, and doing it well, requires knowledge and experience. You can’t just go and plant a garden expecting results. Good soil often takes years to produce. Knowing how to prevent pests and crop disease also takes experience. That’s not even covering seed saving.


Preserving Food – If you’re growing your own food, you will eventually graduate to producing food that will take you through winter. That means not only growing more but preserving it. Buy a copy of the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning and learn how to can. Maybe you will build a root cellar and/or dry storage.


Stocking Up – Remember that what hits farms will also hit you, so your garden could be subject to the same erratic weather. Stocking up on non-perishables is a basic tenet of prepping. For climate change, you will want to do more of that. Take advantage of sales. Stock a pantry and rotate stock. When there are shortages and prices are high, you can use the stock you already have.


Finances – Having your financial house in order makes sense on every level, and it also applies here. Energy may cost more. Homeowner’s insurance may cost more. Food may cost more. And, depending on where you live, you may also be face with…


Moving – Some people are already experiencing the urge to flee (think people in California who are under a near-constant threat of wildfires). People living along the coast may also be finding an urge to move inland. More and more people will be wondering where to escape climate change in North American and the West as whole. Real estate prices will decline in some places, rise in others. However on this and I’ll site my previous article on the effects of the pandemic it seems that fear from that has only created one of if not the largest real-estate bubbles in the world right here in Canada.If you are not wedded to a particular area, or your kids/grandkids are wondering where to live, getting ahead of the population move may be wise.






I think the “Prepping” movement gets its shade from the old ideals of the militia-man (or woman!), the “Lone-wolf”. Ask many of the You-Tube famous “Preppers” and they’ll tell you this idea that we as individuals will be able to get through all disruptions caused by climate change by simply growing/storing extra food and buying guns/fortifying our properties is foolish.


What we need to do is form stronger communities - especially if you're into self-sufficiency and not relying on supply chains/government assistance in times of crisis. It's virtually impossible for one or two people to have all the skills needed - sewing/mending, farming, food preservation, mechanic, electrician, plumber, round the clock security, medical, animal husbandry, etc., etc... It's going to be very difficult, but it's something that we are going to have to grapple with. It truly “takes a village”.


Regardless of how you feel about “Prepping” it can certainly go part and parcel with basic emergency measures that we should all practice at home for any emergency big or small.


One way or another, we all prep for one thing really, which is significant hardship. I highly recommend reading “The Uninhabitable Earth”. It's great, in a scary, bleak, scientifically supported way or "How to prepare for climate change" a book by David Pouge if you're interested in this subject.


I feel like the media has tried to sensationalize and politicize climate change to the point where just bringing up the topic causes people to immediately split into their cozy camps instead of doing what needs to be done, regardless of individual reasonings for doing it.


I find that everyone is too busy looking to be handed a gold star of social approval from their peers and to be given social credit for their opinions to be rational about it.


Prepping should decrease anxiety, not increase it.



You can inspire hope and not dread. You can get involved politically if you are so inclined. You can speak to groups of people like ours and get them introduced to prepping. These things you do have control over and this can make a direct impact on people you know and love in real ways.


I believe we all are “preppers”, knowingly or not.















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