I cannot sleep tonight. I took a pill at 2 a.m. - first one in months - and I'm still awake. Why? because I read this article:
The man warning us is a Nobel Prize winner in Physics, former director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where I used to teach software. He doesn't deal in hysteria. This is serious.
I finally had a talk with my husband about my fears, and the things I wish we would do to prepare, to cope, to prevent.
Like what? he said.
- Install compost toilet
- Set up grey water system for recycling bath water into garden
- Rig large cisterns to capture rainwater from our roof
My husband said he would read the article - in the morning - and keep an open mind about these possibilities. We don't think we can move to Wisconsin or Ohio at the moment. If I were free of family ties I would buy a nice house on some land in a decent-sized town with a college, a library, a hospital and a few alternative health practitioners. The area should have good soil and plenty of rainfall. Railroad and canal would help.
If I were in my 20s I would look at recolonizing Detroit. So much empty, cheap space there, and still so much culture (universities, museums). You could buy a big house surrounded by prairie in the middle of town, if you were feeling like a pioneer. You'd have to homeschool your children, keep livestock and protection animals (dogs? Geese?), grow your own food and network assiduously with the few neighbors remaining. It could be done. Plenty of good Arabic food in Detroit...