“I'm glad you survived. Please know we did the best we could.”
If you are reading this, then you have survived.
I don't know what the future has brought for you to deal with. But I know that you will use what you have well, and to the benefit of all equally. Remember to value all of life, and treat all people, animals, and the planet with care and compassion. This is the only thing that nature asked of us, but that which our culture's egos prevented us from doing.
The climate was predicted to rise at least 4 degrees. Some said there was no way to know what other changes might occur. Some gasses might turn to thick clouds reflecting the sun creating perpetual darkness killing most life, and others said that massive amounts of methane would be produced from the tundra and permafrost areas causing further temperature rise, greater devastation, and loss of human life in the giga-death range.
The majority of journalists with experience writing on the topic noted the increasing riots everywhere, and after the Arab Spring and the economic tensions around the globe, especially Southern Europe, predicted that it would take almost nothing to spark global rioting and global economic collapse. The people of the planet were fed up, not only with the devastation of the natural world by capitalism, but also of their own cultures and rights as human beings. The smallest increase in tension brought on by climate change would send most of the developed world into anarchy and revolution.
Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Richard Wolff, and our own "Outside Agitator," Loren Bliss from Tacoma, all understood the tensions that capitalism had created, climate change being the trigger that would unleash the apocalypse. These writers acknowledged the global economy was so interdependent that a small economic collapse wasn't possible...the whole planet's human commerce would screech to a halt. Food couldn't be brought into the cities. Those who had gardens, and who defended those gardens may have held out a from the marauding bands for a short time, but it was really only those living far from the city, with adequate defenses, a communistic life, and sharing of work, who had a chance.
I'm glad we were able to provide you with a place to grow food and an intentional family to protect you and love you. I'm glad you survived. Please know we did the best we could.