Climate change is happening, and we need to prepare for it.
In his most recent book, “How to Prepare for Climate Change – A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos“, NYT best-selling author and “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent David Pogue provides a comprehensive list areas to consider when preparing to live with the impact of climate change.
The Impact of COVID on Atmospheric CO2
Last year, a result of the global COVID shutdowns, activity in transportation, commercial property and manufacturing, some of the largest generators of greenhouse gasses, dropped dramatically. Despite sharp declines in the production of greenhouse gasses, CO2 levels in the atmosphere remained virtually unchanged. These finding have led to schools of thought:
- The damage has already been done, and we’ll have to do more to offset it. – Dramatic reductions in the production of greenhouse gases by humans have little effect on accumulated amounts already in the atmosphere.
- We’re in a period of warming regardless of CO2 levels. – The change in global climate is independent of the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Either is likely to spark heated discussions between opposing positions. But all should agree that our climate will continue to change, and we must prepare for it. Preparing for climate change is the focus of David Pogue’s detailed book “How to Prepare for Climate Change – A Practical Guide…“, and he provides a “soup-to-nuts” collections of topics worth contemplating.
All Things to Consider
David Pogue’s book opens with chapters on “Where to Live”, “What to Build”, and “What to Grow”? Where will crops fare better? Where will alternative energy sources be more effective? Providing detailed trend and projection maps, he shows how the changes in weather will impact portions of the U.S. over time, and what will be better or worse as a result of those changes. Rising tides, increased heat or cold, and what foods grow better, even how to invest as a result of the changes, are just some of the items for consideration in a future move. Whether just starting your career journey, or planning for an upcoming retirement, How to Prepare for Climate Change is a must-read.
Preparation is Key
As the title states, most of Pogue’s book focuses on preparing to live in future climate conditions regardless of where you are or may end up. He offers that emergency water backup is one of the key areas to plan for.
Excerpt From: David Pogue. “How to Prepare for Climate Change.” Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/how-to-prepare-for-climate-change/id1483519595
In-line, whole-house emergency water systems are a much more efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible method of providing for potable water during a disaster event or climate-related water outage. Highlighting Constant Water system specifically, Pogue explains that in-line systems assure the homeowner [or small business] that an assured supply of potable water is always available without the risk of stagnation or contamination.
In-line systems, like Constant Water, eliminate the need to buy and store bottled water and eliminate the need to fill sinks and tubs IN PREPARATION for a storm. And pressurized systems, like Constant Water, provide this water throughout the home to every sink, shower, tub and toilet. For many of our elderly, or those with physical or medical challenges, carrying water can be difficult and dangerous. Also, in-line systems can eliminate hundreds of empty plastic bottles from our landfills and waterways with every use.
Prepare for Climate Change Regardless of Why
Much of the media fans the climate change fire; encouraging us to point fingers at some assumed-to-be responsible party or industry. Whether the changing climate is anthropogenic (man-made) or simply a natural change that is impacting the globe, it will be a significant part of our lives for as far as we can see. If we can change its path, and the “If” is still in question, we should. But whether we can or can’t, we need to be better prepared for the changes that are here now and coming in the future. David Pogue’s “How to Prepare for Climate Change – A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos” is an outstanding guide.