MY TOWN: Doomsday predictions lead to thought and planning

End of the world predictions give Shannon Hurst pause to think about planning just in case.

It seems every few years there is a new “End of the World” theory or at least since before the year 2000 there has been much hype about the world changing drastically.

The current theory’s on 2012 seem to be similar to those of the past with of course, a few twists and turns to make them unique.

Each theory or prediction is based on some kind of fact and it seems many base the 2012 destruction on their interpretation of the fact the Mayan calendar ends in December of this year amongst other things.

Now if one were to do some serious digging into past and future predictions, thanks to the never ending information on the internet, one can usually find enough to back up the predictions as well as prove them wrong.

I must admit though as an avid reader and lover of fantasy and science fiction, I always enjoy reading a good doomsday theory.

However, after living through several predictions such as the 2000 one I am not really concerned that the world is going to end in a matter of months.

Yet, I do believe there are many great things that can come out of these fears conjured up by many throughout the world.

First and foremost I do think it is important for people to have a plan in case of disaster of some form should strike.

Such as, if we were to lose power for up to a week or longer, do they have enough water and food supplies in their home or can they stay warm in the winter without electricity?

Do families and people have an evacuation plan in place in case of a natural disaster?

I also believe it is time to start being more self-sufficient especially for those of us fortunate enough to live in the north and courses such as last week’s permaculture seminar in Hazelton are a great start.

The more one can live off the land and the less we need to rely on the world, the better off we will be I believe and the less impact we have on this amazing planet we are fortunate enough to call home.

I have written columns in the past on the additives and chemicals put in so much of our food and therefore the more we can grow in our own gardens or purchase from local farmers, the healthier we all may be.

Then there’s the alternative power issue that many are now talking about thanks to the BC Hydro Smart Meters and for this northern girl, there are a lot of great things about solar power and there have been huge improvements in the past few years in that particular technology.


So the long and short of it this week is while I don’t hold a lot of faith in doomsday predictions, I think they have their place and if it makes more people look at how they can survive a disaster, be more self-sufficient, eat healthier and live longer, I’m all in favour of a little 2012 doomsday prophecy.