It is widely accepted that the world’s climate is changing, and that the full effects of environmental contamination are still yet to be felt. As many countries are focusing on reducing their emissions to prevent further contamination, others are now working at ways to adapting to the coming changes before they happen.
In France, there is a growing movement of people returning to a simpler lifestyle. These individuals have begun living in yurts, a traditional hut widely used on the Mongolian steppes. Yurts vary based on the region of construction, but are constructed as temporary residences that can be dismantled and reassembled in another location. Without running water or electricity, the yurt provides a way for residents to reduce their ecological footprint dramatically. This way of life is currently under indirect pressure from the French government, as they work to expel their Roma population.
Unlike most developed countries, Australia has announced to their citizens that the affects of climate change are now unavoidable. With recent flood activity in the northeast, and poor predictions for future food production, a 2008 study stated that current lifestyles in Australia can not be maintained. Already the driest continent, Australia’s largest spending on adaptation is a 10-year program called “Water for the Future”. This $12.9 billion dollar initiative will help to prioritize water resources to the areas of greatest need.
The “Ark”, a project designed by Alexander Remizov, is an eco-friendly floating hotel. Designed specifically as part of a program on architectural disaster relief through the International Union of Architects, the Ark is a self-sustaining energy and water producer. The Ark may be a fundamental tool in housing individuals displaced by rising ocean levels, and continental climate change. While this design is not a reality at present, a team is currently seeking investors to make the Ark a reality.
While Planet Earth is a resilient and diverse macro-ecosystem, humanity’s ability to adapt to climate change will predict the future for the human species. Humanity has reached the pinnacle it has already based on our ability to adapt to different habitats. The rate of our adaptation may be measured by our own willingness to make change, and thus coming times may truly be when the meek inherit the Earth.