#40 Develop an immunity to dioxins

September 16, 2010

dioxin breath

Love Canal in winter

When the cataclysm hits and everything in your ‘hood burns to charcoal, a whole lot of what burns will be plastic. The bad news is that many types of plastics, when they burn, they release a whole lot of something called “dioxins.”

The American Chemistry Council explains that

The term “dioxin” refers to a large family of compounds that includes 17 compounds of particular interest because it is thought that these compounds have similar mechanisms of toxicity.

The World Health Organization describes the health risks of dioxins this way:

Dioxins are environmental pollutants. They have the dubious distinction of belonging to the “dirty dozen” – a group of dangerous chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants. Dioxins are of concern because of their highly toxic potential. Experiments have shown they affect a number of organs and systems.

Dioxins made up just some of the many chemicals buried by the Hooker Chemical and Plastics Corporation over a number of years in the Love Canal in upstate New York. Leaks from those chemicals caused significant health problems for local residents, eventually becoming one of the most notorious environmental disasters in the US.

Cigarette smoke contains dioxins, but not nearly enough to prepare you for the cataclysm.

To survive the cataclysm, get your lungs ready to breathe some seriously dioxin-laced smoke.


#38 Blend in

February 7, 2009

When the cataclysm hits and marauding bands of your unprepared neighbors tear through the ‘hood looking for a bite to eat and some fresh water, your ability to stand out in a crowd will be definite disadvantage.

Note how this wily crayon cleverly blends into its surroundings

Note how this wily crayon cleverly blends into its surroundings

You’ve cultivated your own personal style and developed strategies to draw attention to how you are completely unique in the world. That’s the American way, after all – rugged individualism in the search engine optimized era.

After the global climate change cataclysm, though, you won’t want to show up on your hungry neighbors’ armed analog equivalent of a Google search for “local food.”

To the contrary, you’ll want to blend in and not be noticed. You’ll want people to pass you right by without seeing your well-stocked cataclysm kit.

Get started now. Start taking note of those background people in your life. You know – the invisible ones you don’t usually see. Study their habits of dress, behavior and driving habits.  They have a lot to teach, and you have a lot of bad habits to lose if you’re going to go unnoticed and survive after the cataclysm.

Crayon photo by EJP. Click to see more camoflaged crayons.

Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip

January 31, 2009

WordPress won’t let me embed this very cool video on feedback loops and climate change, so you’ll have to click over to see it. I recommend it highly:

Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip

by Leo Murray

It’s much, much later than you think.

Read more here.

Top 10 natural disasters in a most disastrous year

December 29, 2008

Hurricanes and cyclones killed nearly 85,000 people this year

More than 220,000 people died in 2008 as a result of natural disasters, making it one of the deadliest and costliest disaster years in history. This was also the 10th warmest year since records began in 1850.

If you won’t listen to me when I tell you to get ready for the coming global climate change cataclysm, will you at least listen to your insurance company?

The world’s second largest insurer, Munich Re, blames climate change for the disasters. They’ve compiled this list of the Top 10 Natural Catastrophes for the year.

With billions of dollars worth of losses on the line, Munich Re is preparing for the cataclysm both within their business and in the global political debate:

“We – as a company – press for effective and binding rules on CO2 emissions, so that climate change is curbed and future generations do not have to live with weather scenarios that are difficult to control.”

They’ll do it for money. Will do it to save your life?

Hunting and gathering: green jobs of the future

September 4, 2008

Will there be any green collar jobs after the cataclysm? Of course there will! Jobs like subsistence farming and just trying to survive. Read the post, watch the slide show or listen here:

Or right click here to download the mp3.

[Reel Ten by The Plugz]

#29 Prepare for the green jobs of the future

September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!

Seems like these days everybody’s trying to get in on the “green collar jobs” movement. These are the work created by retooling industry, our lives and the economy for greater conservation and a cleaner environment. They include manufacturing jobs making solar panels and wind turbines, construction jobs building and retrofitting buildings, reclamation and recycling factories, working in public transit, and inventing the environmental alternatives of the future. It includes everything from the frontline labor to the back office, and up the chain of command to the company CEO.

The promise of green jobs is immense. It means jobs, tax revenues and a strong economy in a cleaner environment. What’s not to love? Down with pollution; up with jobs! And many of these jobs are in higher-wage manufacturing and construction sectors. State governments and Congress are working on initiatives to develop green companies and the green jobs they bring. Obama has a plan to create 5 million green jobs across the U.S.

The Apollo Alliance, one of the leading pro-green jobs groups, took its name from the government program that took us to the moon. As in, if we can put a man on the moon, we can clean up the environment while creating good jobs.

But what if the global climate change cataclysm hits before we get around to creating this green collar revolution? Will there be “green jobs” afterward? Of course there will. Subsistence farming and fishing, selling odds and ends in the market, herding whatever animal life might survive, and making clothes from whatever we can. In essence, hunting, gathering and just trying to survive will be a green job.

[I’ve created a slideshow demonstrating the difference between pre-cataclysm and post-cataclysm green jobs. If you don’t see it embedded above, click here to watch.]

Here’s the choice we have today, as I see it. Invest in high wage, high tech green jobs today, or prepare for the green jobs we’ll all be forced to work after the cataclysm.


August 29, 2008

After the cataclysm, binder clips will be ever more valuable than they are today, so you’ll want to have plenty in your survival kit. Listen here to learn more, or read the post (and watch the slideshow).

Click here if you’re having trouble with the embedded media player.

[My City Was Gone by the Pretenders]