Resilience: Disaster Resistance, Adaptation and Restoration

| 6/10/2013 3:18:00 PM

Tags: resilience, disaster preparedness, clilmate change, Miriam Landman,

Resilience logoPeople all over the world are starting to see an increase in extreme and volatile weather, record-breaking “natural” disasters, shifting seasons and habitats, species losses, and dwindling resources. (These are all trends that climate scientists accurately predicted would occur as a result of high levels of greenhouse gas emissions.) This climatological and ecological instability is creating huge economic burdens and heart-breaking social disruption and dislocation, and climate projections show that the situation will almost certainly get worse. 

As the costs and consequences of climate change become impossible to ignore, some people are recognizing the need to be more prepared for the challenges we’re likely to face in the short-term and the long-term (e.g., power outages, or food and water shortages, or flooding from storms and sea level rise in some areas). A variety of initiatives are arising that aim to share ways of becoming more resilient—i.e., able to survive and thrive in the face of climate-related dangers. These efforts are occurring at the household, community, town, city, regional, and global levels.

Some initiatives are focused on the design of durable, climate-responsive, and disaster-resistant homes and buildings, including dwellings that can withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, or floods, or that incorporate “passive” heating or natural cooling strategies so that they can remain livable when there is no power. Other initiatives are focused on personal or local food security; or the decentralization of energy production into localized or on-site power generation; or restoring degraded or contaminated land and habitats; or creating self-sufficient rural homesteads, self-reliant communities, and/or strong local economies.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS covers a lot of topics that are directly relevant to the concepts of resilience, preparedness, and self-reliance, particularly through its focus on modern homesteading, growing one’s own food, and various types of do-it-yourself projects.

These are some other noteworthy resilience-related resources and initiatives:

• Resilience  (a program of the Post Carbon Institute)

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