From The Edge of the World
For those of you who haven't guessed, I'm in New Zealand - on the edge of the world - a beautiful country of only 4.5 million souls in the sparkling South Pacific. But we are not immune here to the changes in our world.
Peak Oil and soaring oil prices will certainly have an impact on our booming economy with the country very dependent on exports of foodstuffs and forestry to the US, Japan and Europe. Also, as elsewhere, our agriculture is very advanced and oil based with it's machinery and fertilisers.
Remoteness has it's benefits but also it's drawbacks.
We don't have Chemtrails here, but then we are The Land Of The Long White Cloud, so maybe we don't need them. Although being so close to the Ozone Hole you would think that if Chemtrails were an attempt to slow global warming then it would be being done here too.Well at first I did not think we had Chemtrails here in New Zealand but it appears I was wrong. Just because I live near the International Airport and had not seen any I presumed we were free of this particular phenomenon. However a quick google of NZ sites revealed a different story... check out http://www.mysteriousnewzealand.co.nz/photogallery/index.php?cat=9 for some great photos of Chemtrails in NZ.
We are more prone to erratic weather and earth changes like earthquakes, volcanos and tsunami. The weather has certainly been weird of late. An early spell of hot dry weather (in our Spring) followed by a cold snap, snow and loads of rain and high winds. We also suffer from El Nino and it's attendant droughts in some parts and heavy rain and floods in others.
Geographically we are a microcosm of the world... just imagine fitting North America into a country the size of the UK and you get the picture. Lots of microclimates and varied ecosystems, highly tuned to changes in what is essentially a temperate maritime climate.
Probably better of than many in that we have lots of Geothermal and Hydro energy and the capability to develop petrol alternatives like Biofuels. We also have a sizable 'Green' presence in our Government thanks to MMP.
But economically we are small and beholden to our larger nieghbour, Australia. The NZ economy gets blown around like a feather in the wind of global financial and economic activity... fragile but currently doing very well thanks.
So I guess this place is a safer place to be than many countries, but rest assured if all this happens the way it looks to be happening, no one will be secure. That said I'm glad I'm not living in New York, Tokyo or London.
Aotearoa/New Zealand may well be small enough and remote enough and have such a strong pioneering sprit that it will be easier to survive the coming changes and start to rebuild than it will be elsewhere.
Who knows? I guess we'll just have to wait and see...