Emergency!

<April 30/13.> So, the world is doing all the stuff it’s been doing lately.

  • Bombs
  • Plants exploding
  • Factories burning
  • Corporations continuing with the rape & pillage that is almost beyond our ability to fathom
  • Leaders threatening nuclear war
  • Myriad other instances of sheer insanity

 

It’s been a time.

It IS a time.

I sort of get the impression that a lot of people are getting that the human race is shall we say not on the most positive trajectory these days – I mean even people who perhaps didn’t get it as recently as 2 months ago.

Of course there’s long been

  • Chemical pollution
  • Ozone depletion
  • Air & water pollution
  • Habitat loss
  • Species extinction
  • Nuclear fallout & threats
  • Nastiness, war & greed

 

It isn’t as though any of this is new – it’s just that things seem to be reaching a sort of deafening crescendo that is no longer possible to shut out/deny/ignore.

So I was woken up in the night last night by the cat, & couldn’t get back to sleep.

& I started thinking about how much food there is (or more to the point isn’t) in the house right now, & decided I ought to lay in at least a few supplies.

& even make a point of always ensuring there are several days’ worth of things to eat, just in case an “emergency” of some kind should happen.

& I wondered, are most people prepared for a minor emergency? (Let alone a major one.)

I am betting many are not.

So maybe more of us should give this at least a bit of thought.

The way climate change is going, some crazy storm could come along at any time, knock out the power for a day or 3, & we might just as well be ready for that, hmmm?

Janet

p.s. after writing this, I watched the ‘Doc Zone’ documentary about volcanoes (you used to be able to watch these on-line afterward, but not anymore??) & learned that, if Yellowstone blows, we would need to have enough food set aside for 6 years. Yikes!! I had no idea Yellowstone was considered to be “overdue” for a big blowout – most enlightening!

p.p.s. most Canadian communities seem to have an emergency preparedness brochure/Web site & I have just discovered to my considerable surprise that this past week (May 5-11) was Emergency Preparedness Week here (who knew??). Maybe we need to be paying attention?? Toronto info here & Durham Region’s here.

'Quote of the day' with this post:  “I can say that it is time now to play ‘the end of the world’ symphony. I don’t know what instrument you hold, but you need to play it as best as you can, & find your place in the score. You don’t have to play a solo here. But this is our task now.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, in a recent interview with Bill Moyer