The Precautionary Principle

Another massive cyclone has struck, killing hundreds already with over 1,000 feared dead, a number that might rise even higher. Over 2.3 million people are in immediate need of emergency aid. Entire villages and towns have been completely wiped out.

Cyclone Idai ‘might be southern hemisphere’s worst such disaster’

Woman and babies trapped in trees

Western news sources are only just now catching up to this disaster, with most of western airwaves given over to usual mind-numbing fluff they are so well known for.

That’s two massive cyclones in just a few days. Not that unusual, but both were pretty bad. Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota were all affected by ‘our’ bomb cyclone.

Are we already numb to the rise in extreme weather events? I hope not, because apathy and indifference will wind up killing an awful lot of people.

We might not be able to DO anything about the extreme weather – but we can certainly prepare for it. These ‘rare’ events are obviously not so rare anymore. Neither are the mega-forest fires we’ve seen. Or the mega-droughts. In fact, we should enact the precautionary principle all over the planet:

“When an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”

In other words, we should all act as if the worst weather and environmental events will happen instead of “never happening” or “almost never happen”. It’s pretty clear that the “100 year events” and “500 year events” are already happening with increasing frequency, and we should be preparing for that right now. Hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, floods, droughts, ice storms, blizzards, high wind events, landslides, tidal waves, even rogue waves are happening with either increasing frequency or severity now.

Emergency service providers and relief organizations all over the world are already stressed to the limits right now. Insurance providers are either facing bankruptcy or refusing to provide insurance coverage. These are clear “signs” that something very different is now happening on the planet.

We know what the causes are, but here in America, climate change continues to be less important then Trump’s Tweets. No matter what the President may text, I can guarantee you that it is far less important that what is actually happening outside. This infatuation with the ridiculous antics by the President, and the pathetic media reporting in America has led to a huge amount of apathy and indifference to things that really matter.

Nebraska was one of the States that avoided a climate change plan (video here). Clearly, they’ve never heard of the Precautionary Principle – and now it’s too late.

I don’t get enough readers here, but even so, I’ll say it again at the risk of boring you all – don’t expect government to come to your rescue when things go south. They’re not that interested in ensuring your protection and safety as you should be. There is a great deal of resistance to accepting the fact that extreme weather events are now fully normalized part of the 21st century – they can happen anytime, anywhere, to any one, and they are NOT prepared for this. And then when it happens, thousands, even millions are affected, instantly overwhelming local resources.

So the real question is this – are you prepared? Most people are not. They haven’t heard of the precautionary principle either, and some that have, still reject the common sense that this attempts to convey.

That’s on you. There is really no more excuse to “not be aware” of the environmental changes taking place in the world today and how this has increased the number of extreme weather events. Twitter tweets notwithstanding, there are tons of news and information resources available to anyone who wants to know what is happening in the world. I read dozens of sites every day to stay abreast, but only comment on a few stories here. If you read this blog, you know about climate change and the existential threat this poses to civilization already. Extreme weather events are the face of climate change happening in real time.

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