The LIFE Project – Strategic Initiative for Reduced Human Survival

LIFE Project – Strategic Initiative for Reduced Human Survival

Profound impacts on global climate, ecosystems and human society caused by climate change and the resulting effects on human civilization are projected to be serious to severe throughout the entire world. Extensive study of the published literature and science underscores a distinct possibility that human extinction may even occur, along with nearly all of the life within the living biosphere. The Life Project proposes creation of protected bio-regional zones and habitation for human and biological survival (non-human life) on every habitable continent selected to ensure continuity of life for the human race and as many other species as possible.

Executive Summary

The LIFE Project is a global initiative for human and biological survival to be developed in five phases, replicated, adopted, adapted and modified as required throughout the world at different locations where human habitation is deemed possible.

Adoption and contribution towards the project goals is mandatory for all participants involved. These goals are the establishment of habitable bio-regional zones and locations, development of essential infrastructure, participation in protection and preservation of community personnel, biology and assets.

Understanding the above habitat and biosphere changes necessitates planning in advance for reduced human and biosphere survival. This outcome will occur whether or not humanity manages to respond to climate change in any significant way (which looks extremely unlikely within the United States). It is already known that severe and extreme impacts are guaranteed to occur. Many parts of the world will become uninhabitable, rapidly increasing in size and scale as effects worsen. Dramatic population losses are deemed completely unavoidable. Species extinctions throughout the globe will be very significant. Our ability to grow food will be seriously imperiled, affecting human survival and population levels.

Current adaption and mitigation planning and strategy by world governments is still at a nascent stage. According to the Third National Climate Assessment Report, these efforts are inadequate and insufficient, their effectiveness is not known and efforts have only been incremental in scope. This, and other published reports such as the Implications for US National Security of Anticipated Climate Change is strong evidence that an adequate response to the issue of human survival and that of the biosphere will remain inadequate and will even be outpaced by climate effects. The pace and magnitude of projected changes emphasize the need to be prepared for a wide range and intensity of climate impacts in the future. Proactive responses are urgent and necessary.

There is also little literature evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation actions to date. Evaluation and monitoring efforts, to date, have focused on the creation of process-based rather than outcome-based indicators. It is already clear that the intended response to climate impacts is not going to be the right response, primarily due to cumulative failures to assess the viability of civilization within the known scale of cascading climate impacts.

It is the view of the LIFE Project participants and project managers that humanity will not survive in anything like its present form as cascading climate effects destroys the global civilization. Intelligent adaptive actions for human survival can still be taken now, but become increasingly unlikely and ineffective as climate change effects worsen.

Project security dictates private disclosure only of the project, goals and efforts to prospective participants and cooperative personnel, to alleviate efforts at interference, non-cooperation, harmful legislation, misdirection, and co-opted goals. All participants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Only actual vetted participants will be informed of project details, activities and locations.

Project Scope

The LIFE Project is global in nature with limited participation and public knowledge. Virtually all of the world’s human populations will be facing issues of survival in the immediate years ahead. This dictates the obvious, limited participation and knowledge is essential.

There are many areas that humans are not going to be able to influence or change; they need to be identified, and ‘stepped-over’ (move on past them as much as possible). There is no point in wasting time on the topics and efforts that cannot be resolved. Acceptance and adaption are in reality, the only thing humans can do.

Changes to ecosystems, pests and pathogens, disaster losses, water resources, oceans, and social, urban, and economic systems, sea level rise, rise in ocean and freshwater temperatures, thermal expansion of sea water, ocean acidification, coral loss, increase in storm frequency and severity, storm surge and coastal flooding, coastal erosion, inland flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, salinity intrusion, drought, flash flooding and riverine floods, shifts in population and farming centers, extensive droughts, massive migrations, massive destruction to the global infrastructure, aerosols, air temperature, permafrost, ice and snow cover, transportation and shipping ports, threats to or loss of vulnerable yet valuable ecosystems (barrier islands, coastal forests, alpine meadows, coral reefs, tropical mountain forests, and so on) are expected and more.

Massive levels of human relocation and migration will occur in all low-lying coastal countries and inhabited regions throughout the world, with inland countries also being impacted by climate change, environmental degradation, food production and intense competition for resources, land, water and living space. The resulting chaos will lead to increased inter-regional conflicts, extreme competition for essential food, water, living space and medical treatment, resulting in escalating violence and even war.

These global effects are determined to be unstoppable (no clear workable solutions exist), leaving only mitigation and adaption efforts available to humanity and the living biosphere. These efforts however as previously noted, are inadequate and insufficient in scope, scale and even intent. The Life Project proposes something far more serious and intentional towards human and biological survival.

Planning for Reduced Biosphere and Human Survival

Devastating effects from global climate change will severely affect human civilization. Virtually all aspects of human habitation, production, manufacturing, infrastructure, farming, fishing, resource extraction, transportation and energy production will be impacted. Most, if not all of these impacts will be serious to severe in scope.

Interconnected dependencies of all human enterprises will be experienced in negative ways. Global growth and economic development will be among the hardest hit. Migration and climate refugee accommodation and relocation will severely strain global and regional resources beyond the breaking points. The resulting chaos is expected to spawn severe competition for water, food, land, shelter and severely declining economic opportunities within the human populations of the entire globe. Rampant crime, violence and other acts of desperation will become widespread.

Collapsing and degrading environmental conditions of flora and fauna are expected to cause massive shifts in global wildlife populations seeking suitable habitats for life. Mobile species will suffer from the effects of inhospitable conditions non-conducive to life (lack of water, food and other prey), while non-mobile and other species unable to adapt will simply go extinct. Forested regions are expected to burn engulfing vast tracts of land and contribute towards more carbon pollution.

Because of the expected and extreme extensive nature of the projected effects of extreme climate changes upon human civilization, planning entails severely reduced human population survival from present population levels. The issue is adequate resources, primarily food production and fresh water, habitable conditions conducive to life, and the limited response time available now to the human community.

Nearly all proposals for climate change mitigation and adaption have revolved around the concept of growth, profits and economic opportunities. These activities are core components of modern civilization, but hide behind greenwashing labels such as “sustainable growth” and “green energy”. Because civilization itself is actually a heat-engine, the primary source and creation of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, and virtually all alternative energy projects are really just alternative fossil-fuel energy sources, these type of endeavors at climate change mitigation will only contribute to climate collapse. The growth paradigm suffers from the exact same effects of “more civilization”, furthering human emissions, energy consumption and resource demands at every step. This trajectory of infinite growth is no longer supportable or desirable.

Project Outline

The LIFE Project is to be developed in multiple phases of increasingly focused effort, participants, locations and security with an interdisciplinary makeup of project participants.

Phase 1 – LIFE Project proposed, Strategic Initiative for Reduced Human Survival. Develop the project outline, planning development, recruitment of initial volunteer planners and managers, project management, funding, security and secrecy. Habitable Bio-regional zones initial identification and study. Project identifies and recruits Tier 1 project personnel for project management and refinement (initial recruitment effort). Project strategy, outline and goals established. Feasibility study conducted on project goals and defined objectives. Refinement of structure, strategy, objectives and goals. Timeline for phase 2.

Robust Decision Making (RDM), Iterative Risk Management (IRM), Adaptive Management or Co-Management, Portfolio Management, and Scenario Planning (see Ch. 26: Decision Support for more on decision frameworks, processes, and tools).

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Mitigation

Mitigation efforts by scientists and climate policy lawmakers to avoid the worst effect of climate change will undoubtedly be tried. At this time, it is not known how effective, if any these mitigation efforts will be. There are many unknowns about climate mitigation efforts which will burn up a lot of irreplaceable and non-recoverable time.

There is a fairly high probability that nearly all mitigation efforts will not work with climate changes and its effect not responding sufficiently to human efforts. Prudence and caution are therefore highly advisable. The only time to establish Life Project bioregional habitats is before it becomes impossible to do so.

If as expected, mitigation efforts will only be marginally successful, this means that a limited number of the human species will need to find ways of adaption to inhospitable temperatures, declining food production and extreme weather events, all during massive declines of the human and wildlife population (die-off). Civilization itself is expected to collapse if the worst effects of climate change are realized.

Adaption Efforts

Adaption efforts include Biology, Economy, Ecology, Fresh Water, Food Production, Immigration, Resiliency, Safety, Sea level Rise, Survival & Continuity of Life

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Immigration / Climate Refugees

Most refugees are coming from mid-latitude Muslim countries (currently). This is expected to change and encompass all inhabited land masses on the planet. Current policies of the Trump Administration within the United State and the handling of immigrants and refugees remains in dispute. It is unknown how much aid the United States will offer other countries as the crisis accelerates. Immigration into the United States has already been severely curtailed, but the U.S. is but one country. All countries will be facing this issue.

Immigration and climate refugees will factor in as a cultural and legislative changes to the United States and other regions of the world is modified or developed.

Increasing immigration / refugee activity is projected to occur in the following manner:

1 – Immigration / Refugees, Resettlement. Camps and then housing. Smugglers engaged in human trafficking. Black-market activity. Rise in crimes, property and assaults. Some food shortages. Rising conflicts with local laws and customs. Formation of gangs. Religious conflicts.

2 – Immigration / Refugees exodus. Less managed, more chaotic then Stage 1. More smuggling activity. More camps, fewer planned or schedule housing settlement. Increased black market activity. Escalating rise in crimes, rape, theft, murder, assaults, blackmail, bribery. More food shortages, hunger common. Organized gangs and recruitment. Gang violence (gangs against gangs) for territory, resources, control. Huge jump in conflicts from immigrants and refugees. Retribution (acts of violence) increasing from impacted residents.

3 – Refugee exodus, lawless and unmanaged, more violent, uncontrollable. Widespread smuggling activity in all locations and regions impacted. Cities and towns unable to deal with the overflow. Almost entirely controlled by black market. Rampant violence (theft, rape, murder). Rampant bribery. Massive food shortages. Widespread conflicts, random attacks on both sides (refugees and residents).

4 – Refugee exodus complete breakdown resulting in abandonment of all norms and expectations and organized assistance. Massive starvation. Extreme competition for food, water, shelter, land in all safe locations worldwide.

Economy

No efforts will be attempted to resolve or address global or regional economic issues, as these are outside of the project scope. Only the localized economy and the ability of project facilities and personnel to function as a component of the regional or global economy will be considered, including investments, purchasing, trade and bartering.

The global economy is projected to face severe contraction and eventual collapse as environmental, human and economic opportunities decrease. Immigration and refugees with tremendously strain existing resources and communities, resulting in escalating conflicts and efforts to manage and mitigate mobility.

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Ecology

Earth’s ecology and biological capacity for life survival is under tremendous assault and change. The tolerable temperature range, affecting land and water based ecosystems, biology and human survival have begun dramatic shifts resulting in accelerated species extinctions, endangered animals (also soon to be extinct) and increased competition for land, food and water. Within the human community, the changing ecology will result in escalating competition, violence and war. Declining cooperation will be deemed necessary for national survival and a dwindling prosperity. Collapsing ecological regions will push the remaining mobile or semi-mobile fauna towards hospitable areas dramatically increasing competition, species invasion, disease and disease vectors within all ecology (including human), increased conflicts within the human community, and species extinctions.

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Fresh Water

Declines in available freshwater, aquifer depletion, snow and glacial melt and recharging of aquifers and water wells is expected. In low-lying coastal regions, salt-water intrusion is polluting fresh water supplies and severely impacting food production. Rising salinity levels are affecting drinking water and crop harvests. Salinity issues in Bangladesh and Vietnam will lead to significant shortages of water for drinking and irrigation by 2050 triggering massive immigration and refugee crisis. Salt water intrusion in virtually all coastal and low-lying inhabited and unihabited areas will affect coastal fresh water supplies worldwide with the exact amount difficult to quantify (projections are serious to severe).

Depletion rates within inland aquifers continues to accelerate throughout the world affecting human and environmental communities. Drought conditions, lack of rainfall, snowpack and seasonal precipitation patterns affected will impact fresh water availability virtually everywhere. Presently, civilization is based upon climatic conditions that were not expected to change much, this is no longer the case. There will be regions where the lack of water availability alone will trigger massive migration of human and animal species.

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Food Production

Climate change is already seriously impacting food production in many regions of the world. Progression of rising temperatures will accelerate food production collapse. Accelerating rates of climate change has severely affected winter vegetable farming, seasonal variability and harvests, pollination and planting, this wide diversity from normal food production patterns has already created a real threat to food production in mid-latitude regions and will extend over the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Cereal crop production is projected to exceed 25% losses or more by 2100 (estimates range from 25% to 50%), resulting in global famine especially in underdeveloped nations. Wet-bulb temperatures exceed plant respiratory recovery thresholds will destroy nearly all industrialized agriculture and biology (plant, animal, human) through starvation and competition for remaining resources (sustenance) resulting in massive die-off throughout the biosphere.

Oceanic biology and food production has already been greatly exceeded by over-fishing and depletion, acidification, coral reef die-off, run-off, pollution, plastics, spills and temperature rise. The collapse of the marine food web is projected to impact over 2 billion people worldwide with 20 years.

Inadequate future food production and delivery systems which remain highly dependent upon international cooperation and distribution are projected to fail as hoarding takes over.

The situation is equally bad for land-based production, with regions increasingly experiencing intolerable heat-related deaths of plants, animals and human (wet-bulb threshold) already in 2016 / 2017. Population projections indicate anywhere from 2 – 6 billion dead from inadequate food production alone, with a far higher number within the global animal kingdom (all species heavily impacted).

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Resiliency

Human civilization design has been haphazardly constructed and globally deployed due to our evolving demand upon environmental conditions and opportunities. Overall, climatic conditions dictated almost all of these constructions, resulting in inhabited areas and normalized expectations of weather, climate and essential food production. Human resiliency remains highly dependent upon this construction and expectations. That is changing and will require adoption of entirely new techniques for human and biological survival.

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Safety

Project safety and operational activities and details are confidential.

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Sea Level Rise

One half of all humans live within 60 kilometers of the coast, necessitating a massive relocation effort ahead. The majority of these humans will need to relocate inland. Most will not travel far, moving only slightly inland, creating immense pressure and problems on housing, infrastructure, economic opportunities and resource demands. Fresh water will be increasingly difficult to to supply. Impacts on global food production are expected to be significant accelerating to severe.

Significant sea level rise is now a known certainty. Recent studies have shown that even if human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide were to stop entirely, their associated atmospheric warming and sea-level rise would continue for more than 1,000 years.

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Survival & Continuity of Life

The proposal is to take the best ideas from the following disciplines and practices, during the project definition and goal stages (Phase I and II), these are: (remaining content private) extracting what is valuable and useful into the future and for incorporation into the Life Project.

Also proposed an educational ‘institute’ (college) to teach the skills and body of knowledge on all of the above adoptions utilized, plus everything else needed to maintain and further human knowledge and development, including the sciences, medicine, mathematics, basic technology (construction, shelters, fabrication, metals, welding, machining, etc.), food production & preservation, animal husbandry, ecology, biology, and all educational grades from kindergarten to a PhD education.

Membership Additional Requirements

Life Project personnel selection will require recruitment, application, investigation, review, membership, participation, disclosure and removal consideration. The very nature of the Life Project will result in outside inquiry and even suspicion since the Project cannot possibly accommodate everyone. The selection process is private and confidential. Every effort will be conducted to recruit and retain qualified personnel and participants.

Recruitment Questionnaire

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Application Form

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Background Check

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Psychological Profile

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Investigation and Research

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Review Board

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Membership Requirements

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Community Participation Requirements

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Disclosure

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Removal

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PROFESSIONS & SKILLS SELECTION

Phased multi-tiered selection of Project participants, according to effort, participants, availability, locations and security with an interdisciplinary cross-1makeup of project participants.

Medical – Internal and neurological medicine, doctors, surgeons, nurses, optometrists, dental, anesthesiologists, (remaining content private)

Science – Biologists, scientists, researchers, soil scientists, materials science, geologist, astronomers, physics, earth scientists, climatologists, data analysts, (remaining content private)

Physical – Chemical engineers, materials engineers, mechanical engineers, earth engineers, energy systems, (remaining content private)

Engineers and Mechanical – Electrical engineers, civil engineers, electricians, machinists, tool & die, welders, plumbers, mechanics, air control systems, (remaining content private)

Construction – Construction engineers, specialist in (remaining content private)

Management – Project managers, working staff, computer programmers, technologists, computer security and networks, legal (remaining content private)

General Staff and Skills – Builders, laborers, gardeners, cooks, security, inventory and warehouse management, (remaining content private)

Financial – Investors, financial management, organization, international law (remaining content private)

LAYERED SURVIVAL STRATEGY

Multiple layered survival approach required for human survival and for retaining essential human knowledge, skills and professions. Layering required overlap and redundancy with internally managed coordination and replacement.

First Layer – Essential knowledge and skills essential for Human and Biological Survival. (remaining content private)

Secondary Layer – Secondary knowledge & skills layer consisting of (remaining content private)

Third Layer – Preservation of knowledge and advanced skills layer (remaining content private)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, INFORMATION AND SOURCES

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