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Monday, 15 November 2021 23:00

Prepping and Climate Activism

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm curious to see what you believe. Do you think that "Preppers" are to be socially ousted, are they dangerous? , and if not why and what can you give us insight on how you may be prepping your self? Most importantly would you like to see us discuss this topic more? Join the conversation at our Facebook Group at : ThePreparednessProject2018 FB community 

 

 

 

 

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“The environment and the fight for the world’s poor are inherently linked." Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur, said in 2019.

 

 

Climate change looms over all countries, promising severe droughts, supercharged storms, and blistering heat waves. Above all, they threaten the most vulnerable populations across the globe. Climate change is going to amplify the already existing divide between those who have resources and those who do not. Those whom are rich and those whom are poor. As global temperatures and sea levels rise, as the oceans acidify and precipitation patterns get rearranged, people living in poverty are the most severely impacted.

 

Since climate change affects everything from where a person can live to their access to health care, millions of people could be plunged further into poverty as environmental conditions worsen. We often talk about how climate change exacerbates social and economic inequality, but rarely do we consider the opposite: that inequality itself can be a driver of climate change.

 

This key topic that is still overlooked is how environmental degradation and climate change are themselves the toxic by-products of our inequality problem. In the past decade we just weren’t comfortable talking about the way inequality functions in our society, which has changed since the global financial crisis and further the recent COVID-19 Pandemic. For example, the 2008 crash showed that severe inequality creates a more fragile economic system and that the global elite hold enormous political power. People assume that raising incomes will increase personal consumption and, as a result, also increase carbon emissions, which would do little to alleviate climate change, but there are so many more mechanisms at play, including how power disparities hobble communities from protecting, for example, their air or their water. To protect the environment, we need good jobs, we need a fair and even solid tax base, we need a good healthcare system, and we need fair criminal justice. However, an old piece of advice I was given long ago of “fairness is irrelevant” seems truer today than when it was given to me. inequality belongs at the center of our national conversation about climate change.

 

I think people — particularly people who care about the environment and economic injustice — need to learn about it, and incorporate it into their analysis. To get the word out and get people thinking and talking about the fact that inequality drives environmental harm. Many researchers have examined this question, based largely on the observation that a dollar spent at higher income levels is in some countries less energy intensive than at lower income levels. That is, rich people, though they consume much more in total, spend additional income on services or can afford efficient goods, while those in the lower classes are limited to buying more energy-intensive goods.

 

A great example would be the comparison of an EV and its “conventional” Petrol Counterpart. EV aficionados will tell you that electric vehicles are cheaper to fuel and maintain, so that means they must be cheaper to own and operate. EV skeptics will counter with the premium pricing of many EVs, something that's quantifiable when a brand sells both a gas-powered and full EV version of the same vehicle. Upon review we find mere differences in three-year cost analysis of differences of well under five-hundred dollars in comparison to equal models by the same manufacturer; I.E. Mini Hardtop petrol vs Mini EV, Hyundai Kona Petrol vs the EV model and so on.

 

Sounds great right? What’s five hundred dollars when we are talking about a median price tag of around forty thousand.

 

What these studies do not consider that these are new cars and new cars are driving out of reach for the working class and poverty classed people of the world. Now, amid stagnant wages and a shaky recovery, the average new car price rose last year by $1,536 USD, and the gap is growing monthly here in North America. The working class North American can only afford used cars. One might only say it’s just a car but it’s a life line for the working class, it’s not just a point A to point B but a means to keep a job. Dealerships point out that car loans are much smaller than home loans, decreasing risk. And when forced to choose, buyers may skip the payment on their house. But they won't miss the one on their car, you got to get to work. You got to eat.

 

More than 7 million North Americans are already 90 or more days behind on their car loans and serious delinquency rates among borrowers with the lowest credit scores have by far seen the fastest acceleration. Poorer North Americans are stretched so thin they cannot afford to pay more. They just don’t have any flexibility to increase their payment. It’s also to be noted that yes there are very intrusive high interest car loan programs aimed at the working class and poor but many of these financiers aren’t offering EV’s but rather former rental units that have hit their mileage mark with these businesses. These vehicles will usually be the run of the mill conventional petroleum vehicle and those that cannot opt for this financially will opt for a much older and not environmentally efficient vehicle courtesy of their local classifieds.

Jayden Smith / Celebrity Tesla Influencer

 

 

This isn’t also to ignore another gleaming problem the adverts and social media sell dreams to us that appear to be just within reach, drive this car, wear this jewellery or these shoes to win respect. An ideal sold of you don’t have to be rich to live rich, you don’t have to be a winner to look like you’ve won. Combine that with a lack of financial education or even basic health warnings about debt and your left with the consumer arriving to the end of the month and discovers they have no money left in their checking account, they’ve spent every cent they have and wonder how on earth they’re supposed to save for their retirement or their kids’ education. This is a social problem on its own, and oddly enough I’m observing more Tesla’s on my daughters Tik Tok feed then the common place high performance and sexy super cars of the day. It’s cool to own a Tesla now and perhaps this is a good trend but the point is still the same: The average working-class person cannot afford them and this inequality inadvertently drives the increase in carbon foot print.

 

Meanwhile, one new study found that by 2030, the carbon footprints of the richest one per cent are expected to reach 30 times the level compatible with the 2015 Paris Agreement.

 

 

600 Million Dollar Mega-Yacht (Source : Here)

 

The author of that report says it's not just the space tourism that Bezos and other billionaires have been promoting that's leading to higher emissions. "It's the private jets, it's the mega yachts, it's the multiple homes — all of this stuff comes with a massive carbon footprint," said Tim Gore of the Institute for European Environmental Policy. "The idea that these are the people we need to listen to understand how to tackle the climate crisis is really bonkers,".

 

 

So what’s the point? people with power and money have always been able to escape peril since the dawn of man.But we are now to be a more benevolent society or at least that’s what we sell to each other and this well-developed thirty seven year old communication method we call the internet should allow us to come together and solve these issues before it “eats the poor”. I would hazard to guess with all sarcasm intended that we’d be such a group to come together with…. Spoiler alert…. We are and we need you to make a difference.

 

 

 

I believe the point if you’ll excuse my long-winded read is that I don’t believe we can fully tackle climate change and our carbon issues until we tackle the inequality and poverty issues. You will not get the average working-class person to give pause and care to the crisis when they are faced with the more present personal crisis of living pay cheque to pay cheque or perhaps at worse an empty dinner plate and where that next meal may come from.

 

 

 

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Friday, 28 May 2021 14:50

Electric delivery trucks 100 years ago?

We've seen a lot of interest in electric trucks this past three years, especially package vans -- the Ford Transit Connect Electric, Internationals' e-Star, the Smith Newton, Freightliner Custom Chassis' MT45-EV. But did you know there were electric delivery trucks 100 years ago? We’ve had a recent Facebook group post on picture from 1917 displaying some of the M.R.C. fleet in London of Walker Electric trucks charging our discussion page HERE . This sparked some attention and discussion so let’s dive a little deeper.

 

 

Daimler, Tesla, Cummins and many other companies are all creating new electric trucks. Some of them will hit the market very soon and, as experts predict, the truck industry will be changed forever. However, none of these companies invented a battery-powered truck – they were already delivering milk and baked goods more than a hundred years ago.

 

Nothing new under the Sun…….

 

We now consider electric trucks to be transportation of the future, but in reality, the world has already seen electric trucks in the past. For example, Walker Electric Truck company in US in 1907-1942 was manufacturing rather popular little electric trucks. They were regarded as extremely reliable and tough, although quite slow. Modern electric trucks will be at least as quick as diesel-powered ones. But Walker trucks were not that fast at all. A Walker truck was powered by a 3.5 HP motor, drawing energy from 66-80-volt batteries, delivering a maximum of 40 amps. You don’t have to know anything about engineering to know that this is not a lot of power even for a small truck.

 

 

Walker trucks obviously could not reach a very high-top speeds – they maxed out at around 16-19 km/h. However, no one really complained about that sort of disadvantage back in 1910’s, especially since the truck had steel wheels with solid rubber tyres. The controls were simple: a large steering wheel, with the driver positioned high over the front wheels; two brake pedals either side of the steering wheel; and a lever speed control. Reverse is engaged by another foot lever. The bank of batteries sat in the middle of the truck halfway between the front and rear axles. The motor was located in the differential and the drive gears were in the wheels. By the way, batteries provided 80 km of range, this would have varied depending on load and road conditions. This range of operation was pretty much enough for daily operations at that period, they were charged every night anyway.

 

Walker Electric Truck company did not make semis – all of their models were conventional wagon-type transporters. The cargo compartment was customized to match client’s needs. It was not an aerodynamic masterpiece either – it was pretty much a wooden box on wheels and batteries between the axles. Not that it matters when you are driving that slow. 

 

You may laugh at these specifications, but at the time they were pretty good. Don’t forget that these trucks were replacing horses and carriages. They were quicker, easier to maintain and could carry significantly heavier loads. Walker exported some of these electric trucks to Great Britain, Norway and New Zealand. In fact, it is said that electrical company Orion New Zealand Limited is using one Walker truck till this day, although it is more of a symbol than a tool.

 

With no gears, no clutch and simple stop-go operation but also supremely economical as the motor stops when the truck stops. Half the life of a gas truck is spent 'idling, ‘one reason they wear out more quickly, and at the time and in comparison, cost 50% to 100% more than Walkers per delivery, per mile or per day. These factors made electric vehicles popular with companies like Rail companies, US Postal Service, delivery, diary companies as well as bakeries and other small businesses. It is said that the famous chain Marshall Field & Company had 276 Walker trucks in 1925. However, eventually it all came to an end.

 

Without lithium Ion and modern semi-conductors’ electric cars were never viable and at this time it was nickel-iron batteries that Edison used had a specific energy of around 22 Wh/kg. Gasoline has a specific energy of 12778 Wh/kg. If we assume the combustion engine was only 5% efficient, which is wildly generous if we're trying to argue against gasoline, Even accounting for the added weight of the engine over an electric motor, gasoline, by weight, was 20-30 times more efficient than the battery technology of the time

 

 

One might say we’ve come full circle now that the technology has caught up with this invention. Tesla Motors paved the way by capturing the attention of consumers in North America and Europe.  In June of 2016 it was the fourth anniversary of the first S Sedans rolling off the Fremont, CA production line and the S is now the best-selling EV in the world today. In the same month Nikola (pronounced Neek-oh-la) Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton announced that $2.3 billion in reservations have been generated in the first month, totaling more than 7,000 truck reservations with deposits. The company in the prior month that it will launch an electric class 8 semi-truck, dubbed “Nikola One.”. Since then Nikola Motor Company has been absorbed by Tesla Motors however the truck which has translated into the Tesla “Semi” is due for production at the end of this year. The initial production has been pushed back multiple times due to battery sourcing issues, however as the company ramped up high-volume production of its tabless 4680 batteries we’re promised that 2021 is the year. The “Semi” would have a 500 miles (805 km) range on a full charge and with its new batteries it would be able to run for 400 miles (640 km) after an 80% charge in 30 minutes using a solar-powered "Tesla Mega charger"

 

 

Many large companies aren’t waiting for Tesla and going with other electric truck test beds, one example is that Coca Cola has been testing their Refrigerated Electric Powered delivery vans: Green goes better with Coke, as seen through the Company’s ongoing advertising efforts to deliver their products via six all-electric, zero-emissions trucks built by eStar. These electric vehicles will join Coca-Cola’s growing fleet of 750 heavy-duty, alternative fuel vehicles, taking the “Lead” and “Not Looking Back”

The six electric Coca-Cola trucks are on the roads since 2017 in San Francisco; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Hartford, Conn.; with two trucks in Los Angeles. These eStar vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons annually. The windshield design offers nearly 180-degree visibility, improving safety. The vehicle is almost completely quiet.

 

Another notable mention is UPS with Workhorse Group are currently in testing phases of their own electric package truck, A project on going since 2018-2019 and it should be important to note that UPS’s first electric vehicle was in 1935 and you may have guessed that it was a Walker Electric Truck.

 

 

 

We look to the future with optimism and for business the promise substantially lower operational and maintenance costs over time, all-electric trucks so far haven't been able to beat their diesel or gasoline counterparts in their initial price tag. Seems like our world driven on the whim of  big business and hopefully with the current romantics of Tesla Motors and other large and tenured business organizations getting more involved with energy sustainability we’ll see much more traction on the issue.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021 01:59

"Made to Break"

Repairing things, a subject right up my alley. What boy or girl wasn’t guilty of taking apart an old alarm clock or two in their youth, some of which may have become the very people you take your vehicle to when its due for maintenance or for that unforeseen break down, perhaps they are now the very engineers designing the everyday products we use. Sadly, these engineers have failed us and you may have heard the phrase “it was made to break”. It seems like our everyday objects are made with a deliberately shortened useful life so that their makers could profit from forcing consumers to replace or upgrade them. 

 

 

This feeling was popularized in the 1960s when there was concern that automobiles were not built to last, but that was small potatoes before the digital age. Today, electronics from microwave ovens to laptop computers, appliances (and yes, those cars again, but now with embedded electronics) are not easily repaired. 

 

But wait, what’s happened to your old fashioned T.V. Repairman? A exert from a 2008 “The Implied Observer’s” article from a Fremont T.V. Repair shop owner certainly tells us : 

 

There’s nothing left to say, he continued, pushing past drifts of gutted cases, dusty repair manuals, cardboard boxes, circuit boards and coiled, tangled nests of electrical wire that once were the central nervous systems for televisions.

“We live in a throwaway society,” said the 60-year-old repairman and soon-to-be former owner of Adams TV in Fremont. “It got to where I just couldn’t fight that anymore.”

 

it’s surely no accident. In many cases, manufacturers don’t make or distribute spare parts or share diagnostic tools. The result? A lot of digital technology is headed toward a premature burial in local landfills. That’s an increasingly costly environmental problem and it’s also outrageously wasteful and unnecessary.

 

The problem of electronic equipment entering the waste stream is significant. Even in places where electronics are accepted as recyclables, studies show people often don’t bother. It’s just too easy to toss a dead phone in the garbage can without thought to the toxic mix of chemicals and heavy metals contained inside, not to mention a potentially explosive battery. Advocates estimate that more than 20 million tons of end-of-life electronic products are produced every year.North Americans should view that as an embarrassment but also an opportunity — even recycling costs money (chiefly to sort and break apart devices) whereas reuse is not only more cost-effective, it’s potentially profitable.

 

There are challenges, of course. Manufacturers will no doubt resent greater government oversight of their successful business model. There will be cries of proprietary secrets, of diminished brand value, of resale rights, perhaps even of liability. But none of these hurdles seem impossible to overcome. And surely, it is far better for companies to voluntarily step forward and embrace an ethos of repair than to face potential penalties down the road like getting billed for every cellphone, robotic vacuum or Bluetooth speaker that ends up at the landfill or local incinerator.

 

Protecting the environment is just one of the potential benefits. Extending the life of products creates jobs and these are jobs that would effectively be distributed widely like electronic products — not just in one or two locations but across the country in cities, suburbs and rural areas, where these items are used. It would also likely save taxpayers money, not only in extending the life of these common household items but in creating less burden on waste disposal. Remember that 20 million tons of electronics? If every blue whale alive today were measured on a scale, all those consumer items would be heavier. About six times heavier, according to the Digital Right to Repair Coalition.

 

The pandemic has led to an increased interest in repair as people need to save money in the COVID-19 economy and don’t want to risk infection by going out to purchase replacements(I've covered a little on the low income family post covid in my last article "Uncertain thinking for Uncertain Times"). But we also see another benefit in repairing these items beyond tangible advantages like saving money and reducing waste, there are psychological benefits in repairing belongings like inspiring creativity and making people feel self-reliant all the while learning a new skill. 

 

Covid-19 has also changed our relationship with technology and it's obvious that laws need to catch up as many more now need devices to work and learn.

 

It would seem that the future of this fight will lay with the high courts of your country, in the U.S. this has extended to Congress and the Supreme Court, too, where justices made it clear in Impression Products v Lexmark decision in 2017 that refilling ink cartridges (a form of recycling) was not a violation of patent rights. Ultimately, this ought to be common sense. There is hope however with 14 States Are Now Considering 'Right to Repair' Legislation as of February this year and many more have passed various versions of repair Acts into law however further development on this probably won’t happen unless those in political power continue to give manufacturers at least a serious nudge in the right direction and you can bank on manufacturers circumventing these acts with loopholes to keep what they believe is a loss of profit to a minimum.

 

companies have tried to cling tightly to nonsense in a bid to derail momentum. Usually this involves perpetuation and spread of nonexistent harms that threaten public safety and security. Apple last year insisted that passing a right to repair law in Nebraska would turn the state into a "mecca for hackers, or this year when the auto industry tried to claim that expanding Massachusetts' existing consumer tech law, to make sure that independent garages could access tools and diagnostic gear, would result in a "boom in sexual predators." The multi-sector quest to demonize the right to repair movement is relentless, and almost always involves making up bogus claims related to security and safety. 

 

 

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 19:29

The Water is Rising

& YES .. climate change IS real .. as it has been for eons of time ... 

 
Halifax Magazine ( April 2019 ) .. has an editorial and an article on ' climate change ' .. " The water is RISING ... Are we prepared for the consequences of
steadily-rising sea levels ? " .. states the front cover .. 
 
Editor's Message .. Trevor J. Adams  ...  closely mirrors my opinion .. mine being .. Nova Scotia will be an island ( cut off from New Brunswick & North America ) in the not too distant future .. 
 
Adam's writes .." With or without you: sea levels are rising either way "  and 
 
in part .... " Clear picture appears. I see periodic shortages of staple foods and other essentials, as spring storms wash out the isthmus of Chignecto, severing Nova Scotia's only 
road and rail links to the rest of Canada "
 
He further states .. " I see life badly disrupted in villages and towns around the province (Nova Scotia ), as thousands of homes and their neighbourhoods become unliveable due to frequent floods, contaminated drinking water, and overwhelmed sewage systems ."
 
His other major point, .." Countless millions of people from coastal Asia and Africa will be climate-change refugees; it's doubtful counties like Bangladesh will even still exist. These people won't be sitting patiently amid the floodwaters while we debate how to help them. They will throng onto our large and mostly empty country in numbers that are now just the stuff of ..... fever-dreams."

Check out ( page 18 halifaxmag.com ) for Chris Benjamin's insightful article  " The Water is Rising " 
 
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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 19:12

The Watershed Project

THE WATERSHED PROJECT

From THE PREPAREDNESS PROJECT GROUP March 2019

 

 

 

I’ve been asked many times to explain what it is we are trying to achieve with this organization. “What are you going to do?” has been the question. The fact is, since this is a project being built for the next generation, I don’t actually know for sure what they will do with it. I do know, however, that they will need this lobbying power through the difficult times from about 2030 onward.

To satisfy those trying to understand the Preparedness Project, I can tell a story of what we could do now if we had the numbers necessary to do some effective lobbying. 

To start, I will refer to the map attached, which shows substantial drought areas that will develop if we stay on the course of climate change we are on. The map was created by U.N. sponsored scientists in a yearly report they create. (See video.Below or linked here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8PWkZ7FB5s) Within their information are worst-case scenario predictions. 

How likely are these predictions to materialize?

The U.N. scientists that authored the attached map put it this way: first, they said, “we must change from a fossil fuel consuming culture, and that will stop climate change in its tracks.” Then they said, “there is no sign that we are about to change in time to prevent the consequences depicted on the map.” (The widespread droughts.)

Taking a lead from the U.N. scientists mentioned above, here is a probable outcome. There will be tremendous effort put forward by all the front-line climate activists to keep the climatic status quo, which is to keep warming trends from going up. However, as has been seen so far, deniers and vested interests rooted in the economy will slow the reform progress.

So, with all the effort we can apply, the global temperature is most likely to rise from its present level before the efforts to bring it down are effective. I want to insert here that the effect of eventually bringing CO2 levels down is going to take a herculean effort—one that I believe will materialize, but not by the current example of complacency by individuals, governments, and industry. The attached map displays a worst-case scenario, and if nothing changes substantially, we will have to deal with that reality. Summed up, the near worst-case scenario is, if not inevitable, then highly likely.

Considering a worst-case scenario, let’s focus on the situation of North America as pictured in the map. From the map, you can see that the main agriculture areas of the U.S. are potentially wiped out, and about one quarter or more of Canadian prairie agricultural area is threatened as well. From this information, we see the potential for a very large problem: food shortages. 

With the probability of drought, and considering current attitudes and realities, it is fair to say there is a reason to plan seriously for what is predicted. With regard to preparation, we would advise that the planning stage should be initiated at this time. All research and design could be accomplished now, or soon, with the intention of shortening the time of implementation when the need arises. It may be possible to shave 2 to 3 years off the implementation of this proposed project if the groundwork is done now.

Here are some general areas that should be investigated: 

1.     How many desalinating plants on the east and west coasts of North America would it take to contribute to an overall water plan for the irrigation of the central part of the continent?

2.     To what degree has technology progressed to provide solar and renewable power to run the desalinating plants? If solar and wind power can be used for desalination operations, the carbon footprint will be kept to a minimum. What power needs are required?

3.     A major hurdle to desalination is its waste product, salt. Research, in this case, could extend to solving the waste product problem thus: why continue to mine salt when it would be produced as a by-product of vast desalination factories?

4.     Remember, this is research, not real-world activity—but it would not hurt to know if salt mines could be shut down. Can the workforce in those mines be relocated to salt production from the desalination operations? Furthermore, how much salt can be digested by our personal and industrial use of the product?

5.     Research could start now on how to move this manufactured fresh water on each coast to the center of the continent. This would normally be cost-prohibitive and produce a carbon footprint itself. Considering that trucks and trains would be employed to move the water—this might seem to be the stumbling block to end any serious talk about a project like this, except for one thing. The means to transport the water is already available and sits right under our noses. It is the spiders’ web of existing oil and gas pipelines.

However, we need research on what it would take to repurpose oil and gas pipelines so they could pump water instead of oil. They could move water to the center of the continent, instead of moving oil east and west. It may even be possible to accommodate both uses of the pipeline, if the water was pumped along a separate pipe piggybacked along with the existing pipeline routes.

6.                 Furthermore, research should be done to determine how much water can be taken safely from lakes and rivers to put toward irrigation. There is evidence right now that the aquifer beneath the vast North American agricultural areas is heading toward depletion—it is certainly unable to endure greater demand than it has now. So this research is justified for that reason alone.

7.                 Research should be done on utilizing recovered rainwater on a scale necessary to contribute to drought relief. Clues on rainwater retrieval could be gleaned from Bermuda: an entire country that runs solely on captured rainwater. It seems likely that catchment facilities could be built at a justifiable cost, but there is a catch. For every drop of rain you collect (and we are talking millions of gallons) you have to find a way to store it. The cost and complexity of creating storage facilities would probably knock this idea down from the start. The storage container for captured rainwater would just be too massive and costly to make practical sense. However, some good fortune once again—it turns out we have such a storage capacity right under our noses.

    This possibility for storing vast quantities of water emerged simply by talking amongst group members. One member realized that we can solve two problems with one application. She pointed out that the depleted aquafers right underneath those affected lands could be recharged with the captured rainwater. The infrastructure already exists to extract and distribute water from the aquifer, so that part of storage and distribution is solved.

    Transportation of the captured rainwater once again bedevils this idea. However, we will soon have to find answers to tough questions like this and shoulder costs, or face a food crisis. What is more important: water for agriculture, at whatever cost, or social chaos? The option of failing to plan is far too risky. 

Costs are always thrown up as obstacles to doing projects like this and here again, is where preparedness makes its graceful entrance. In none of the above was there a hint about actually breaking ground for the massive project proposed. Instead, the entire thrust of this article was to initiate research. Why do the research? Because it could shave years off the project if it is needed. If this project is needed—and there is good evidence that it will be—if all the research is done we could hit the ground running.

Again, costs considered, where would the money come from for such a huge research project as described here? It seems a reasonable idea that when you come upon something of high priority like drought-induced food shortages, then you should reallocate financial resources from one type of research to another. 

Less urgent matters, such as physics and the mysteries of dark matter, for example, may have to wait while the engineers and environmentalists carve out a plan for our survival. In this way, when the time comes there would be no extra money needed to fund this research project. In this way, a plan could be in place to offset the effects we can see are likely. In this way, panic, hunger, and strife could be mitigated—at least to some degree. To the degree, we are able to predict.   

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Monday, 11 March 2019 22:22

Required Reading

 

https://external.fyhz1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php… the New Yorker contributed y Richard Zurowski 

I have selected several paragraphs from a larger article that I recommend you read. I hope by doing this, more people are inclined to read important articles and to read the books they are featuring. In this case “The Unthinkable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells.

The Preparedness Project poses this proposition. If things are as serious as this author tells and if we are witnessing a runaway train (climate change) then shouldn’t we make proper preparations for that time to come? We encourage the fight to stop climate change. However, we recognize the danger of failure to stop climate change or at least having to live with a reduced version of it that would still be detrimental to our wellbeing.

Join us in the fight for climate change reform and preparation for a changed future. 

The Other Kind of Climate Denialism
By Rachel Riederer
March 6, 2019, 3:29 PM
David Wallace-Wells’s new book about how climate change will affect human life begins, “It is worse, much worse, than you think.” In superhot cities, roads will melt and train tracks will buckle. At five degrees of warming, much of the planet would be in constant drought. With just six metres of sea-level rise—an optimistic projection—land where three hundred and seventy-five million people currently live will be underwater. Some of the apocalyptic stories aren’t from the future but our recent past: in the Paradise Camp Fire of late 2018, people fleeing the flames “found themselves sprinting past exploding cars, their sneakers melting to the asphalt as they ran.”
In a poignant essay posted on Medium, Mary Annaïse Heglar, who works at the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote that the climate movement has a lot to learn from the civil-rights movement. Climate change might be the first existential threat leveled at all of humanity, but America itself has been an existential threat to black people for hundreds of years. Describing the calculated violence of Jim Crow, she writes, “I want you to understand how overwhelming, how insurmountable it must have felt. I want you to understand that there was no end in sight. . . . They, too, trembled for every baby born into that world.” The flooding and fires of our changed climate may be unprecedented, but the threat of annihilation is certainly not—in their discussions of climate change, both Wallace-Wells and Salamon refer to their ancestors who lived through the Holocaust. Put in this light, the response of quiet climate denialism—not disbelief in the phenomenon but the choice to bury one’s head in the sand because thinking about it is too unpleasant—is not just untenable but childish. As Heglar writes, “You don’t fight something like that because you think you will win. You fight because you have to.”

Wallace-Wells writes that the past century of fossil-fuel extraction and industrial capitalism has enabled a life style I enjoy—that this very process “made middle-class-ness possible” for billions of people.” Yet, at the same time, it is a system that must be radically overhauled. Modern people have a tendency, he writes, to see human systems as more inviolable than natural ones. And so “renovating capitalism so that it doesn’t reward fossil fuel extraction can seem unlikelier than suspending sulfur in the air to dye the sky red and cool the planet off by a degree or two.” It’s why creating global factories to suck carbon out of the atmosphere might appear to be easier than simply ending fossil-fuel subsidies, he writes. These are the competing truths we have to integrate: a livable world is incompatible with fossil fuels, and fossil fuels made the world we live in.
Decarbonizing the economy will be difficult, but it must be done. It will be hard—but not as hard as surviving the catalogue of disasters that will befall us if we don’t. This is, to my mind, the great strength of Wallace-Wells’s approach to storytelling. The thing to grieve, then, is not the Earth’s habitable climate but, instead, the century of carefree car-driving and reckless deforestation, the years of eating meat with abandon and inexpensively flying around the world—and the massive economic growth that this system has enabled. Overhauling the fossil-fuel economy will represent a true loss, but its sacrifices will be nowhere near the alternative. The process is subject to all matter of difficulties: the problem of collective action, scientific uncertainty, technological challenges, political mobilization, and many others. But to do anything less is to go insane.

 
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Friday, 08 March 2019 21:20

Dandelion root found to induce cancer cells

I have a long history with the idea and use of things natural that can help our health.One of the criticisms I have heard about natural cures and supplements is that they don't work. The reality may be otherwise because supplements work for most or many but not everybody. Simply put if you are taking vitamin C to prevent the common cold and you still get a cold you were deficient in something else. You could say in this case that vitamin C does not work when in fact it is working unseen in its other roles within your body (as an antioxidant) and may well be preventing other serious conditions but because it didn't cure a cold for some would condemn it Drugs are similar in that people experience side effects differently from one another. So my advice is to learn all you can about these curative ideas keep them in mind in case you or someone you know is in need.

 

Read more here : https://www.getholistichealth.com/78573/dandelion-root-cancer/?fbclid=IwAR3hScyT9D_dAk0ppkoZT78rNQDMaCb5TdOg8E7VpIegnpYF_w1ulbxNpSg

 

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 14:05

Extinction Rebellion

We'd like to share a video from our friends at Extinction Rebellion.Scroll to the bottom of this page to view.

 

 

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 14:02

Warming Oceans

WARMING OCEANS ACCELERATE GLOBAL WARMING. And what to do because of that.

I found this post I created in November. It is edited and updated with other observations. The first part is a bit of review for new observers. But do take the whole 60 seconds to read the new material included.

There is more alarming news for us to digest contained in Chelsea Harvey’s’ article of November 1, 2018 for E&E News www.eenews.net. Her article begins this way.

Quote: The Ocean is warming much faster than previously thought, new research has found, suggesting that global climate goals may be even harder to reach.

The new study published yesterday in the journal Nature concluded that the global oceans may be absorbing up to 60 percent more heat since the 1990s than older estimates had found. End Quote.
This is a much longer and thorough article but I have reduced it in a nutshell. Here is the gist of it.

Previous calculations on ocean warming rates were not correct.

Current research shows that the oceans are warming at a faster rate than anticipated.

The warming oceans will accelerate global warming. Therefore, previous prescriptions of carbon reductions necessary to curb climate change are too little.

All of this means we have a troubled future on our hands and the recipients of the bulk of these troubles are our children and grandchildren. What can we do to help them through this dilemma?

First of all we must do all we can to reduce the eminent rise of temperature. You can do this by Joining and supporting environmental action groups Yes, it appears that the environmentalists are failing to stop climate change but if we all support them they would and will have greater success. We owe it to the world to support everything possible to lessen the impact of climate change.

Next and equally important it turns out there is something simple and meaningful we can do to give the next generation the tool they need to navigate the troubled times that are ahead. Troubles like drought.

Drought means crop failures, crop failures lead to food scarcities, food scarcities lead to chaos. Look at the consequences of isolated drought from the last decades. Now think about this on a world scale, Will it happen? It works like this. There are already droughts happening and with each part of a degree of warming so advances the specter of greater drought.

So what tool can we give to the next generation that will give them power to navigate times and circumstances the likes of which they may see? The answer is simple, it is elegant and it is a time tested tool. It has been used many times in history for people to make remarkable progress in social, cultural and economic reforms. We can give them their own lobby group.

 

A tool to cause Governments and Academic researchers to do the right things to ensure a continuing middle class. The creation of this tool is one of the main goals of the “Preparedness Project.” 
…………… to be continued………… We used to do complete articles that took 4 or 5 minutes to read and found that some of the most critical information was never being read. We are now breaking posts up into 1 or 2 minute segments with the entire article available on our website and in the Facebook group. Two more segments of this project.

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