According to some of our informed climate experts, rising temperatures could spark epoch-making population shifts across the United States and Alaska will be the Florida of the future.
What a brilliant conclusion! And it does not take a certified genius to come up with this. Predicted drastic climate change, if and when it happens, will cause upheaval everywhere people live or just eke out a meagre existence.
Add the suffering caused by climate change to the already imbuing societal changes, conflicts going on practically everywhere on the planet and we have the potential for real and devastating changes.
The perceived currently "safe" places, countries and geographical locations will be desired by the countless millions trying to escape their collapsing environment or maladaptive societies.
That is, if things will turn out as the prophets of doom predict and on the predicted time schedule.
Under any model of climate change, scientists say, most of the country will look and feel drastically different in 2050, 2100 and beyond. Not to mention the rest of the world.
We are urged to adapt and plan for any eventuality. People have been trying to do this since time immemorial, albeit often without success.
At the present time, people in North America are relocating primarily for economic reasons – a new job, lower costs of living – or quality-of-life considerations that are not climate-related, such as public transport or green space, real or perceived safety in the community.
However, only time will tell if Alaska really will be the new Florida of the continent, where the newly arrived residents will have that Florida feeling. You know, the balmy weather, hurricanes, sinkholes and other remembered characteristics of living in that state.
Naturally, as they say, "You can not have your cake and eat it too".
At the present time Alaska is known to have a rumbling history of nasty earthquakes, tidal waves and other spoilers of the beautiful dream of living under the shifting lights of the Aurora Borealis.
Perhaps you can believe that the speculators are already there buying up prime real estate in Alaska.
We can and should plan for any outcome. Realistically, odds are, what's going to happen, what is passing, is an inconsistent shift that will slowly, almost imperceptibly degrade the overall quality of life on this planet.
Climate change is an ongoing process since the beginning of time. However, the population of the planet is growing and even the slightest weather occurrence and perceptible climate change will impact more people. This will continue until we will find a way to cope with the challenges posed by this seemingly unavoidable reality.