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Survive Climate Change
Have you got a plan to survive climate change? We are all aware of the dire consequences of climate change. These include apocalyptic natural disasters, scorching bushfires, record high temperatures and sea level rise.
Do you have a Plan to Survive Climate Change
Survive Climate Disasters
Climate change is resulting in record floods, hotter bushfires and stronger cyclones. You should focus on which risk/s are greatest in your geographical area.
Survive Climate Change Heat
How you survive is going to depend on your budget. If you have resources, you should design and build a heat resistant house, adopting the latest sustainable building standards. We recommend you employ a professional architect who specialises in this area.
Those with less resources, like myself, who live in houses that are not specifically designed to reduce heat, there are still options:
- Ceiling batts (and other insulation that can be put in the roof to reduce heat).
- Renewable energy (solar panels). If you can acquire solar panels and a battery, that will allow you to export energy back into the grid, but more importantly for our purposes, it will give you back up power that can be used to run air conditioning. This way, during periods of heat stress, you will not be reluctant to turn the air-conditioners on. Also if the mains power is out, it won’t affect you, as you’re running from your battery.
- Rainwater tanks. Wherever you live, access to clean, fresh water is more important than ever before.
Survive Sea-Level Rise
Taking sea-level rise into consideration is an important part of surviving climate change. However, the advice here is quite simple “do not live where it floods”. Avoid low-lying areas, especially those beside the ocean or near waterways.
Whenever you are moving to a coastal area, take a look at the city flood maps. If a costal neighbourhood floods, chances are it will also suffer inundation from water as a result of storm surge and sea-level rise.
Grow Your Own Food
Climate change is leading to various ‘crop failures’. This will mean less food on the shelves. Growing your own food is a great idea. A food garden can be a precious resource when times are tough. Research what food grows easily in your area. Becoming more self-sufficient is an excellent idea. It may well be an important part of how you survive climate change.
Other ways to become more self-sufficient include saving on food. Hence this includes collecting seeds and doing more in the kitchen. Other activities like thrifting, reducing transport costs and learning to recycle and reuse will also increase your capacity to become more self-sufficient and resilient.