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