Old cartoons had allot of knowledge in them. It seems, at one time, the purpose of many animators & agencies was to educate!
The more flexible and low investment solution of solar power and wind power and other alternative energy solutions like using garbage etc. (EVERYONE has tons of garbage they can use to make electricity plus you can invest in alternative energy device - OR BUILD THEM YOURSELF - for your home thus bringing your electrical bills down to $0... & in the United States you can sell any excess energy you create back to the grid! Alternative energy solutions for your home is just too good of an investment NOT to make!) with air filtration & water filtration... throw in some industrial works using an easily grow-able plant (hemp) and people can easily move towards self-sustaining economies.
1. Over-Investment in outdated technology: The basic electricity creation equipment was invented in the 1800's. It was discovered that by using the flow of water, hydro electricity could be created. For this dams were built. It was also discovered that if you boil water the rising steam could turn a turbine, coal was used to light the fire. Then it was discovered that oil was an even more efficient fuel source and was used for burning in many different combinations, such as in fuel for cars, electricity generation, boats etc. To manage this large companies were created as oil extraction requires lots of heavy equipment and therefore lots of investment in an outdated and dangerous technology. These people got rich and with riches came power. To protect this investment alternative energies were suppressed.
2. Preparing for Floods
Floods are the fastest way to wipe away a city, town or country.
The evidence on this page proves that global sea water levels will rise and that global warming is a fact. Assuming that floods will now become commonplace and almost every city along rivers or flash flood plains is going to need to stock up on on sand bags and begin investing in houses on stilts... has become necessary for future planning for any city, town or country.
It will also help if you become energy independent as centralized power will not only o off during violent storms... in some cases you will lose power for days if not weeks. Having solar and wind power backups are no longer optional for those who want continuous energy supply over the next 5-10 years.
People often don't realize how powerful floods can be. Nor do they realize how powerful natural disasters can be, when events such as the Tsunami in Japan occur people realize or remember and/or are horrified ... and then they forget.
Daily life is difficult no one has time to relax, much less think ahead as a global community. Problem is that this very same habitual behaviour makes it difficult for us to prepare for inevitable outcomes because it's easier to go into denial than accept that we are wrong till it's too late. Then this type pf person says, "OK. I was wrong. The eastern seaboard just got wiped out from a tsunami. Now let's pull together and rebuild." Then the cycle begins again with the same problem of connecting everything together like the Tower Of Babylon. It's like Goundhogs Day!
3. Self-Sustaining Local Economies
Basic law of investment - diversify.
Not something that banks gambling with money are interested in. This is more of a Mutual Fund concept. The idea is to diversify so if one company/stock goes down you don't go bankrupt.
The same should apply to all modes of production.
Rather than building up & centralizing our societies like the Tower of Babel...we should decentralize. (Is it really that bad for Citizens to have thier own energy supply for thier houses so they don't need some central power supplier?)
One storm and thousands of people go without power. Solution: Decentralize power consumption. (putting everything on Nuclear energy is not only dangerous for health if any damage it caused, it's also like the Tower Of Babel in that everyone get connected to one source & one mistake and 'the whole eastern seaboard goes out'. With Nuclear Power one disaster could spell doom for millions of people, the fact that that hasn't happened yet just means the probability of another Chernobyl occurring multiplies. It's like gambling i.e. letting the bet ride on a winning streak)
VIDEO REPORT FROM THE BBC: INSIDE JAPAN'S STRICKEN FUKUSHIMA UNIT FOUR NUCLEAR REACTOR (LINK)
The fuel rods in reactor building four, which was badly damaged by an explosion following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 have been in a precarious state ever since.
Moving them into safe storage is a high priority, but the operation has only become possible after months of repair work and planning.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from inside reactor building four.