As I was reading through this article I could not help but think that the Mississippians, who started disappearing from 1300 onwards, are a strong example of what could happen to us in the future unless we act now.
“Abrupt climate change can impose conditions like drought. If these conditions are severe and sustained, as we have determined that they became for the Mississippians, it is virtually impossible for societies, especially those based on agriculture, to survive.”
This quote in particular got to me as we as a society tend to forget how our daily lives are based on agriculture. When we go to the supermarket and look at all the products on the shelves we tend to not think of where they came from. This consequently alienates us from nature and makes us forget our dependency on it. We need agriculture for everything from food to furniture — and survival. Worsening weather conditions will bring us more problems as time goes by. These problems will affect many parts of our lives, but food security will surely be one of the most important areas affected.
Maybe it is time to face the truth and realise that rising population, falling natural resources and increasing greenhouse gases are driving climate change beyond our control. We must find ways to adapt to climate change.
The article also reminded me that we can look back to see ahead:
“It’s important for us to understand how past civilizations coped with climate change as we encounter things like changing precipitation patterns and temperatures that appear to be rising around the world today.”
I remember it like it was yesterday. Six years ago I was sitting on my high school desk asking myself why we had to learn history. That day I had the courage up to ask my teacher that question. He said that history helps us look at our past mistakes and (hopefully) learn how to not repeat them. Sadly, in the real world no matter how many times we look at our past, it seems that we keep repeating the same mistakes. I hope that my generation improves on this. We need to be active, thinking citizens who can react and adapt to climate change.