The end is nigh! The end is nigh!..

The more I learn about climate change, the more I feel like walking the streets, wearing a sign that says:”The ending of times cometh. Repent!” I want to ring doorbells to ask people if they heard about our Lord and Savior; Geo-engineering. I want to spread pamphlets that show failed harvests, forest fires and drowned polar bears.

But this is the 21st century. So I will do what everyone with an opinion does these days:                     put it on-line.

Even though climate change has become a fact instead of a believe, we still need to preach the gospel of the greenhouse effect and the effect it has on our lives.

Thereby preventing further damage to the planet and start protecting ourselves against the consequences. Because a change in climate means a change in local weather. For the Netherlands this means that the temperature will increase a few degrees and that we’ll have problems with water. (Because the Netherlands will always have problems with water.)

First, the intensity of rainfalls will increase, overflowing the rivers, sewers and eventually your basements and ground floors with heavily polluted water.

After the rain come long periods of drought. A drought that causes a shortage in clean drinking water and dry land. All local nature that is not well adjusted to dryer circumstances will have a hard time surviving. Depending on the soil, buildings have a higher risk of collapsing due to the sinking of dry ground and rotting wooden fundaments.

…So let’s build an arc.

As the surface of the earth becomes increasingly covered in stone and concrete, water has nowhere to go but to the sewage. There rainwater mixes with waste water and will need to be purified. It also has the potential to exceed the sewers capacity, causing flooding.

There are many ways to collect as much water as possible before it reaches the sewer.      So, here are some Doomsday-Prepping-tips to deal with this liquid inconvenience.

By growing plants instead of stones in your backyard you increase the amount of water that the ground can hold. Green roofs also store water and work great as house isolation. (Saving both the environment and your wallet!)rain-garden-how-to

Rain barrels and ponds can collect a large amount of rainwater.even-better

Hydroblocks do that as well, but they have the advantage of being underground and slowly releasing the water.hydroblock

Where flood prevention only works if it is done communally, water storage has an immediate personal benefit. As the dry period begins, there will now be a large amount of collected water available. The greenery will maintain itself and local wildlife for a period that increases with size and create a more pleasant local climate. All collected water can for example be used for washing machines and toilets and around the house when tap water becomes scarcer and more expensive.

Hydroblocks will slowly release water into the dry ground, preventing the sinking of houses and roads and the rotting of fundaments.

So, be prepared! The end is nigh! (Or, at least, wet feet are.)

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2 thoughts on “The end is nigh! The end is nigh!..”

  1. Dear Maria,

    I really like the proposed idea of greenroofs and the benefit they can provide regarding the effective insulation and water collecting properties they posses. However, the thing that sparked into my mind is whether these type of roofs are applicable to alle existing houses, or does a having a green roof ask for specific requirements in order to be installed?

    Furthermore regarding the collection of rainwater, planting as much shrubbery and vegetation into one’s backyard can indeed help local flooding and groundwater seepage. I think techniques like this should also be implemented on larger scale urban areas to maintain a efficient groundwater level, while simultaneously providing a cleaner and more appealing living environment.


  2. am i right in assuming that those hydroblocks should be placed below houses to prevent the sinking of houses and the rotting of fundaments or would it work to place it under the street by the houses? Because that might be a hard thing to achieve for the houses that are already built as that would mean digging below it… But if under the roads is good enough it might be a bit easier.
    Furthermore it is a really interesting blog as a green garden is beautiful and would be helpful and green roofs are a nice idea. I wonder if it could be combined with solar panels or the like in anyway?


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