** Warning: The next three paragraphs recap recent world events. They’re a little intense. Please stick around until paragraph four, when I shift to staying optimistic, proactive, and taking steps that can make a difference in your personal safety and world outlook.**Over the past week, friends, family members, people I have never met, and high school mates I haven’t spoken with in close to twenty years have all been asking for my thoughts on how they can be better prepared in an unpredictable and not-so-stable world. The planet has experienced a string of major natural disasters. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; two massive earthquakes in Mexico; record-breaking monsoons in India and Nepal, out-of-control wildfire fires, and next to some of the indigenous massacres, the largest mass shooting in the United States to date in Las Vegas. These stories have been dominating the news, one after the other, and are in our happening in our communities. On top of all this, it feels like there is a rising domestic divide alongside an increase in civil unrest. In North America, we have a vocal Alt-Right movement taking to the streets, clashing with anti-racism protesters; riots happening across the States as a result of inequality; and NFL players protesting the United States National Anthem (symbolically, this is a big deal in the context of the greater narrative). As if this were not enough, we also have world leaders and the media speaking about the threat of Nuclear War. It’s no wonder that many people are feeling on edge. If these and other recent events have you on edge, or feeling overwhelmed, then I write this blog for you. I also write this as a response to all who have reached out asking for support and advice. I’ve spent the past fifteen years training in wilderness survival, developing my relationship with nature, and growing my knowledge of ecology. This has taken me on a journey into self-sufficient living, martial arts, permaculture and growing food, understanding human and natural history, and looking at what creates healthy communities, people and ecosystems. In the past five years, my studies have mainly been focused around emergency and disaster preparedness. I have taken college-level classes, received provincial certifications, and begun work in the field of emergency preparedness consultation.I have also dedicated a considerable amount of time to studying business concepts, how drastically our economy and workforce needs are changing, and ways to adapt to that changing economy. The Changing World Project is my efforts at pulling all these disciplines and life experiences together and the amazing network of people I am connected to, into a practical strategy for the future. One that allows us to hold onto hope and optimism even in changing times. I do not claim to have all the answers or to know “the way.” My journey has given me some very relevant skill sets in relation to many of the concerns and challenges I’ve spoken of. This path has also allowed me to build relationships with so many amazing people who are innovating solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our times. I’ll be showcasing their work and ideas via the blog, webinars, Facebook group, and other media. The Changing World Project is about fostering interactive conversation around best practices for being adaptable, resilient, prepared and proactive in changing world. At the root of this work are the core values of staying optimistic and connected to nature – being stewards of one another, our communities and the ecosystems that support our lives. If this conversation interests you, if you recognize the need to no longer be complacent about your safety, health, economic prosperity, and future, if you recognize the need to adapt to changing times, then let’s dive in … together!
Chris Gilmour is the creator of ChangingWorldProject.com He has a diverse background in the study of ecology, teaching traditional wilderness & urban survival, consulting in modern-day emergency and disaster preparedness and has a passion for self-reliance such as growing food and the martial arts.
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