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.”
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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).
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