I really love my wife. We have been on this sustainable living journey together all the way. She gets it, and understands the impacts of what we are now facing with a changing climate. With the arctic ice cap thinning and retreating, it is doing all sorts of damage to the climate in the northern hemisphere, not necessarily warming. More like global weirding, if you like.
TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE UK
I read this last week and although I have spoken to my mum about it, she did not know that the forecasters are predicting such a bad winter for you all. I thought I would re-post it for you all to have a read. I know that sometimes they get it wrong but I thought that forewarned is forearmed so to say.
Gavin and I are great believers in stockpiling non-perishable food items in case things crop up like bad weather/power cuts or if we cannot get to the shops etc. so we like to at least have a months worth of tin/jars dried food like lentils and pasta and essential items at home in case of emergencies including candles, matches etc. We have a great wind up torch too which does not need batteries. A small camping stove in case there are power cuts (used in a well ventilated room of course). I know this may sound a little extreme but believe we have used our stock pile before in the past and it does work.
I have spoken to my mum and sister and encouraged them to get a few things in, just in case you never know. My Mum had a bit of a laugh and thinks I am a bit mad, but still she agreed it couldn’t hurt. If the weather gets that bad and you are unable to get to the shops for supplies you will be glad that you thought ahead. I also know that some of you do not have transport either so that will make it even harder for you to venture out if the weather turns nasty.
The worst that can happen is that you have a few more tins/jars/dried food in the house it will not go to waste and it will be used. On the other hand if the weather does get really bad and you cannot get to the shops you will hopefully at least have food and supplies to last you a while.
I hate to sound all doom and gloomy guys but please have a read and take care everyone, I want to know that you are all safe this winter. xxxx
Her great words of warning got me thinking. I have written before the we are only nine meals from anarchy if the trucks stop rolling, but what about if you are caught up in a climate emergency stricken area and are waiting for help from the authorities.
Well, I am glad I did a little research, because most city folk may be surprised that if a natural disaster hits Australian cities, the policy is that you are on your own for at least 72 hours. Refer to this link for more information;
I particularly think that this passage from the article hits home loud and clear;
“What people have got to know is that they’re on their own, literally on their own,” he said.
“We can’t have a truck or a car at your door when you ring triple-0 in a disaster situation.”
Experts say people should be prepared to look after themselves for at least three days after any major disaster.
But Mr Winter says most people have no plans in place.
“If we turn off power and water, how long will you be able to survive?” he said.
A great question, in which I answer Yes, quite a while. As Kim mentioned, we are well prepared if they turn off the power, water, and natural gas to our home right now, and could last for well over a month without external inputs. Hopefully the sewage would still work, but I am sure we could figure out something there as well. If we face inclement weather, then we will cope as our supplies are non-perishable.
So my question to you all is;