I started this in 2007. Late 2007 to be precise. I was just starting to become secure in my first (and last) permanent job that I had eased into starting as a minimum wage temporary worker. A long way to climb to the almost national average salary I was earning at the point I left several years later.
I came into some interesting information in late 2007. It seemed a little implausible – that abrupt climate change would destroy modern civilisation within the relatively near future, but as a result I started to take a strong interest in climate change and the functioning of the earth system. It soon became clear to me that it was at least a possibility and the provenance of the information led me to take it seriously.
Accordingly, rather than start to realise a standard and mode of living normal for my culture I began this undertaking. It amounts to a catastrophe insurance policy for civilisation though in reality it isn’t so complicated as it is dictated by the limitations of one person of limited means undertaking a hard and lonely journey. In the years since then most of my time – one way or another – has gone into this. The vast majority of my lifetime wealth too. Most people in 2007 and I imagine more than a few even now would say I was insane, but I prefer to think of myself as determined (amongst other things).
Now – as we stand on the brink of abrupt climate change and the consequent effects on the earth system I feel somewhat vindicated. It’s still early to openly speak about what I am doing – but for people who are increasingly informed and concerned about the changes occurring in the earth system – especially in the Arctic – I would hope my actions no longer seem quite as irrational as they once might have.
What else is a young man to do in this world left to him by his ancestors, if he is not the sort of person to meekly submit in defeat?