January 27, 2017
Welcome to another week that brings both new challenges and solutions. Today we look at…the end of civilization. Does it make sense to prepare yourself for the collapse of modern society or are we just in another of the periodical panic trends? Also, we are back to updates from Standing Rock - see why. But in the meantime there are people successfully implementing solutions for a more sustainable world. Learn about them as well, because the power is theirs and it is yours too!
Is the end of the world that close?
With climate change impacts, increasing economic disparity and shifting political situation the future of the world might look bleak. Some people believe we are heading towards a collapse of contemporary society, which highly depends of technology and circulation of goods. Without reliable Internet, many people would lose access to their bank accounts and it would become incredibly difficult to stock shop shelves with food.
There are many doomsday scenarios, and you might know many of them from post-apocalyptic movies and books, from the recent classics as “The Hunger Games” to TV shows like National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers”. And some people take them seriously enough to buy remote property and a motorcycle to get to it when the world falls apart. It turns out many of the richest people in the world do that, just in case. “Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” (The New Yorker) [Wandering what's in the photo above? Check out this article.]
But think about it in the true SCI activist spirit. In case of trouble (not necessary “end of the world” kind to begin with), would you rather have a place to hide, or a strong local community to support each other? Or maybe you don’t even think about it, because it’s just another Y2K-like mania, which comes and goes? Or maybe you have your “Go Bag” packed and ready at all times? Share your thoughts and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stand with Standing Rock and Stop KXL
Unfortunately we need to go back to updates regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline and add Keystone XL to the list. On Tuesday Donald Trump issued two executive actions to advance both projects (Inside Climate News). Thousands of people joined rallies in major US cities almost immediately after the news broke out (Democracy Now!).
Use that rainwater!
Harvesting rainwater is one of the most basic and simple solutions for climate change impacts. You can do it on a small scale at your community garden, or support a local farm in installing a bigger version of it. It can really save a lot of money or even lives - read for yourself the story about rainwater harvesting in Zimbabwe! “With water short, Zimbabwe's farmers turn to capturing rain” (Thomson Reuters Foundation).
Change in the palm oil business
Four out of the ten biggest growers of oil palms in Indonesia improved their practices to retain customers demanding them to do so. There are still many challenges ahead, but in the long-term perspective this is the only way to go. “Consumer pressure to ditch deforestation begins to reach Indonesia’s oil palm plantation giants” (Mongabay).