according to Research Published in the Journal of Sustainability, conducted by the British Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, New Zealand, Iceland, Australia, Great Britain and Ireland are the places with the greatest chance of surviving the “global collapse of society”
The analysis also points to areas that could become “lifeboats” for humanity in the event of significant global warming – these are: Northern CanadaAnd RussiaAnd Scandinavian countriesAnd New Zealand, if British Isles.
The study found that human civilization was “in a perilous state” due to the interconnected (interconnected) and consuming society of the planet whose evolution caused “environmental damage”.
The “global meltdown” mentioned in the analysis may result from events such as, inter alia, the severe financial crisis, the effects of the climate crisis, the destruction of nature, another pandemic worse than COVID-19, or a combination of these.
In order to assess which countries would be the most resilient to these problems, countries were ranked according to their ability to: produce food for their own needs, protect borders from unwanted mass immigration, and maintain their own electricity grid and certain production capabilities. Twenty countries were considered, most of them from Western Europe.
It’s good to live on an island
Islands in the sparsely populated temperate regions top the rankings. It turned out to be a sure winner New ZealandWhich was not surprising Quote By The Guardian from the study’s creators. The media They described it Previously, billionaires would buy land there in order to build shelters to enable them to survive a potential “apocalypse”.
The study concluded that New Zealand has the greatest potential for survival due to its geothermal and hydroelectric production, abundance of farmland, and low population density.
The following places have been taken IcelandAnd Australia (with special emphasis on the smaller country, i.e. Tasmanian) And Great Britain. The presence of the latter may come as a surprise. The UK seems to be at odds with stability lately, given the epidemiological situation and the impact of Brexit on everyday life.
“We were quite surprised that the UK did such a good job. It is a highly populated country, a traditional importer of goods, not developing renewable technologies as fast and currently producing only 50% of the food needed. However, it is likely to emerge unscathed from potential crises the professor. Ald Jones From the Institute for Global Sustainability at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.
He was fifth in the rankings Ireland It is the last country chosen by the creators to survive the “global collapse of society”. They are classified elsewhere Scandinavian countries And Canada. polishing Not included in the analysis.
The results turned out to be similar to those published in 2019 by scientists from the University of New Zealand in Otago. At that time, a classification of countries was created that “could save the human race from complete extinction in the event of a global pandemic.”
He stated that “island nations would be a good place to rebuild humanity.” Australia won the study for its “massive surplus of energy and food”, followed by New Zealand and Iceland.
Is there a chance for a better future?
The analysis highlights the importance of the high level of self-sufficiency in the country. A large number of countries with limited and/or inflexible production capacity have higher risks of being affected, particularly those related to energy imports.
a. In recent years, Jones said, the world has seen severe food problems, a financial crisis, and an epidemic. “We are fortunate that all this did not happen at the same time – but there is no reason why crises should not build up one year into the future,” he added.
“When I see these events, I worry more and more, but I also hope that I will learn sooner than in the past the importance of resilience. Since everyone is talking about recovery and a ‘better world’ after the pandemic, if we don’t lose this momentum, we can Looking to the future with more optimism.
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