The Jewish people must face the very real scenario of millions of 'climate change
refugees' in dire peril in future times
In two important news articles about climate
change ("How much more proof is needed for people to act" and
"Ignoring the future -- the psychology of denial"), the importance of
facing major issues that will confront the future of the Jiewsh people
were emphasized. Not only is the state of Israel threatened by climate
change and rising sea levels, but the descendants of Jews around
the world -- wherever they live: North America, Europe, New Zealand,
South Africa, Australia -- will be under threat.
Climate change is indeed an issue that is on everyone's mind today,
and Jewish scientists and Jewish thinkers will be on the front line of
these issues in the future, too.
The world as we know it today may very well not be the world of
tomorrow, and the very survival of the Jewish people, as a people,
will be at stake. And more: the very
existence of the human species, our kind, homosapiens, will be on alert.
Despite most observers thinking that solutions lie in mitigation
ideas, there are a growing number of Jeiwsh climatologists and
scientists who believe that the A-word -- adaptation -- must be
confronted head-on, too. The fact is, despite the head-in-the-sand
protestations of climate denialists -- which some observers compare
Holcaust deniers as well -- we cannot stop climate change or global
The Earth's atmosphere has already passed the tipping point, and in
the next 100 to 300 years, temperatures will rise considerably, sea
levels will rise considerably and millions, even billions, of people
from the tropical and temperate zones of the Earth will be forced to
migrate north in search of food, fuel and shelter. This is where Jews
in particular, will play central roles.
By the year 2200, Israel could be no more. The entire Middle East will
have been abandonned for polar cities up north in Scandanavia, Russia
and Canada. Alaska, too.
Alaska and New Zealand and Tasmania could be home to millions, even
billions, of climate refugees from India and China and other Asia
nations who will have migrated north and south, seeking safe harbor
from the devastating impact of global warming in those future times.
Are the Jewish people, in Israel and in the Diaspora, ready for this?
Many parts of the world's coastlines will be under water, and many
northern countries will find themselves home to new kinds of visitors
from Asia and Europe. Just ask
Laurence C. Smith at UCLA; he wrote a book about this, setting his
story in 2050. These climate refugees won't be coming on cruise ships
or airplanes, since there will be no fuel for such services. They will
be coming by rudimentary sailing vessels and barges. Prepare
yourselves. It could be Noah's Ark all over again. It could be God's
Judgement all over again, if you
believe in such things.
Jews must be prepared for the worst-case scenario. By 2500, millions,
billions of people will have been forced to leave their home countries
in the tropical and temperate zones and migrate south en masse to
faraway southern regions to find shelter in United Nations-funded
climate refuges in northern places. Lifeboat Israel? Forget it.
Israel will be no more, if
climate chaos gets as bad as British scientist James Lovelock says it
well. Lovelock is 90, and he says he's ''an optimist''. Say that
again? Is he using Jewish humor there
It won't be a pretty picture -- what's coming, that is. Am I a
prophet? No. Am I a visionary? No. I am just a Jewish realist looking
directly at what's most likely coming our way in the distant
future. I'm prepared. My Jewish upbringing and Jewish education has
prepared me to face reality. I realize not everyone agrees with me on
these ideas, but that's par for the course when you
go out on a limb and try to sound the alarm. And I am not talking
about a posh golf course here. Enough of that! I am talking about the
future of our people Israel! Is anyone concerned about that?
Humans cannot engineer our way out of global warming, although
scientists who believe in geo-engineering have offered their theories
on how to do it. There are no easy fixes.
Humankind has put too many greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the
result of the industrial revolution that gave us trains, plans and
automobiles - and much more to live comfortable and trendy lives - and
now there is so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that the Earth
cannot recover. Forget trying to be more "green" in our daily lives.
Israel and the Jewish people is doomed, like the rest of the world, to
a very bleak future. The Bible does not even come close to what is in
store for us all.
What we need to focus on now is preparing future generations for what
our world will become in the next 100 to 300 years and how best to
survive it. The national legislatures of all countires need to start
thinking about these issues. Now. In many ways, it's already too late?
How's that for optimism? And I am an optimist, yes!
For the next 100 years or so, life will go on as normal in Israel and
North America, so don't worry too much. There is nothing to worry
about now. For the next 100 years, posh department stores will
continue to hawk their trendy items, international computer firms will
continue to launch their latest cell phones and tech gadgets, and
airline companies will continue to offer passengers quick passage here
and there, to the Maldives and to Manhattan, for business and for
But in the next 500 years, according to Lovelock and other scientists
-- many of whom are Jewish -- who are not afraid to think outside the
box, things are going to get bad. Unspeakably bad. Those of us who are
alive today won't suffer, and the next few generations of humans will
be fine, too. The big troubles will probably start around 2200 -
Lovelock says sooner - and last for some 300 years or so. By 2200,
Israel and the entire Middle East will be uninhabitable and
uninhabited. Mark my words. I am not joking here.
Prepare yourselves, o ye who think this is all science fiction. In
fact, this is science fact!
We are entering uncharted waters, and as the waters rise and the
temperatures go up as well, future generations of the Jewish people
will have some important choices to make: where to live, how to live,
how to grow food, how to power their climate refugee settlements, how
to plan and how to pray. Alaska will be on the front lines of this new
world. Canada and Russia, too. The question is: will the human race be
ready for what is going to be the most trying time of our very
existence on this Earth?
This blog is the founder of the Polar Cities Project, (http://pcillu101.blogspot.com/
). It would be nice to say the author here is kidding,
but apparently he's not.