This will be a multi-part series written and displayed as a single post (below)
To live as long as expected, as free from illness as possible and have a reasonable quality of life the first requirement is a place that has the potential to provide the basic requirements of life for the number of inhabitants living there. At this point in the precarious state of Earth, the evolution of life and the still growing human population this is far from easy. The basic requirements for life are breathable air, drinkable water, nutritious food, adequate energy, clothing security from harm, and shelter.
In the geographical area where I live, the province of British Columbia, Canada, we are fortunate to have several underused areas of sufficient size to support a sizable population for the duration of the 21st century. There are conditions which must be achieved and maintained in order for this to be successful here or anywhere else on Earth. These conditions include human population control, a stop to the burning of fossil fuels, changes to the human diet and to the ways food is produced, radical cessation of non-renewable resource extraction, elimination or at least major reduction in a very large number of pollutants being released into the natural environment, avoidance of nuclear conflict, and huge changes to the distribution of wealth. All these changes must be brought about worldwide without simply having equally damaging conditions arise during the process.
Along with the above changes to man-made conditions there are a number of natural threats to the survival of humanity, most of which we have almost no control over. These include asteroid strikes, mega-volcanoes and intercontinental pandemics. In pandemics of the future there will be a good chance that climate will play a part in the initiation, spread and severity thus making them only marginally natural but for now I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt!
February 15, 2019 As noted above, this post will continue to be developed over a period of time.
At this point in time, those of us who live in what is generally known as the “developed” world are divided by two seemingly irreconcilable worldviews.
Worldview 1 represents reality as it is seen and lived by its exponents and as it is described and proven by science.
Worldview 2 is a fantasy world as it is imagined by its defenders and promoted by those who stand to profit in the short term by avoiding the truth.