Our weather is getting more dramatic, severe, and localized. Whether you believe this is due to a natural cycle in earth’s weather behavior or is driven by human behavior like burning fossil fuels, this weather is a reality. While we can’t stop the weather from changing, we must learn to live with it better, we must start addressing climate change.
Hundreds of tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri, torrential rainfall in California, high winds in Texas, and prolonged winter in Colorado are all examples of how our climate has changed dramatically in the last few years. We can’t escape it. How do we live with it?
First, our ancient ancestors who roamed the earth thousands and thousands or years ago were nomadic. When the weather got rough, they just picked up and moved to the better climate. However, modern man has become rather sedentary. In fact, the concept of land ownership means we can’t simply pack up and move. If we did, we could be trespassing our squatting on other people’s land.
Address Climate Change?
First, we need to better predict the weather. The models used over the past few decades no longer predict weather with accuracy in time to warn residents. It is our opinion, we need to pour money into data science and meteorology and develop new models to predict the weather more accurately and at longer forecast times.
Second, we need to help residents deal with the weather. What solutions can we deploy to control flooding? Dikes? Dredge deeper rivers? We also need to make sure residents have a place to go to shelter from tornadoes. We need to fund updating existing tornado shelters and map out the most optimal locations for new ones.
Finally, we have to help them rebuild. However, we can’t rebuild a structure in the same place which will also be prone to destruction by a tornado. We need to make structures in the tornado belt as strong as possible, as tornado resistant as possible and provide the funds to make it happen. Perhaps, more ideally, provide assistance so residents can relocate to a safer area if they choose.
While eventually we might all end up living in dome cities, the transition from today to a sustainable tomorrow is the conversation we need to have now. Dome cities are something out of a scifi flick, but in reality, they just might save us.
For more information on climate change and your impact, spend a little time reading up on the content at What’s Your Impact? It is a site with great details on green house gases and even the impact of methane.
Learning to live with climate change is a huge topic with many dimensions, controversial decisions, and bares even more financial cost. Addressing climate change starts with a conversation at the regional level. A start to alleviate the damage climate change can do to our local economies and residents’ lives.