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Mats Kaarbø

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Contingency Plan

If we reach a point of no return, environmentally, making it nearly uninhabitable for humans to live on Earth, does any nation(s) have an official contingency plan(s)?

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    Nov 26 2012: I would strongly guess that maybe many nations have ideas but, none have set aside funding for such an event as most politicians are always dealing with yesterday's problems and today's crisis. How often would you expect a politician to actually plan ahead for the future. Also, if you think of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs then I would suggest that if the citizens needs are truly being met and the politician has the free time and energy to focus on tomorrows possible issues then they would undoubtedly be in a nation with a high quality of life and wish to see themselves prosper in their current environment. I would say that those without the resources for yesterday and today would feel more likely to want to make a contingency plan. However, if you cannot deal with the responsibilities of past and present what makes you think that they can be responsible for tomorrow ?
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    Nov 26 2012: Hi Mats,
    How about if we all become good stewards to the earth? We can spend our time, energy and money taking care of our environment, rather than waiting for the possible "point of no return". It's much better to have a good management plan in the present moment, rather than be scrambling around trying to recover.
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    Nov 26 2012: My guess is that many jursdictions have risk management plans that emphasize actions to reduce current and future risk but that also involve preparation for unexpected catastrophe. Catastrophes (hurricanes, earthquake, tsunami, terrorist attack...) as they happen also inspire individual action in the days/weeks/years that follow, and the "Doomsday Prepper" movement seems to be gathering participants.

    The level of attention is likely related to the perceived risk. In the fifties all school children in the US did school bomb drills. Now areas that are earthquake prone do earthquake drills and low-lying areas do tsunami drills. Many city governments do simulations annually of how city government would respond to specific emergency scenarios, and radio stations practice their emergency broadcast signals.
  • Nov 26 2012: When we get to that bridge, we'll cross it.
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    Nov 26 2012: “The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.” — Winston Churchill

    We're still pretending that the alternative is viable.
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    Nov 26 2012: I believe:
    If people understand what INVALID happiness is, any nation will have her official contingency plan(s).


    (For INVALID happiness, see the 1st article, points 1.1-3, at https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D&id=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D%21283&sc=documents.)
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      Nov 26 2012: I've never understood your words, "INVALID happiness" and the link you provided didn't appear to address the topic. Perhaps you cold initiate a conversation and explain it. It sounds like an oxymoron.
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    Nov 26 2012: Seed banks are a reality today.