The Urban Model is designed for individuals who wish to stay in their current urban, suburban, or rural locations and create "survive and thrive" preparation and resilience communities in response to climate change. We believe that more individuals will initially establish these local ClimateSafe Villages rather than relocate to climate-safe areas and form new sustainable communities. For those over 50 or those without the means to migrate, we highly encourage you to gather like-minded friends in your current location and establish a ClimateSafe Village. This local model can serve as a stepping stone to help individuals and families prepare for and adapt to climate change.
The local ClimateSafe Villages can be established in any urban, suburban, or rural area where the members are close enough to meet in person but generally live in separate households. Membership in these villages offers the benefits of shared knowledge, companionship, and support for emergency preparation, adaptation, and resilience building. This model also provides greater protection during an extended crisis and an opportunity to incorporate ClimateSafe Village's values, principles, and structures. The structures of these communities can vary widely depending on location, and each will likely have its own local projects and membership requirements.
Upon acceptance to one of these communities, members receive informational support materials and are assigned roles depending on factors such as housing situation, employment, skills, public roles, and interests. New members are provided contact information for other members in their area to facilitate introductions and community engagement.
Key elements of local village membership include:
- Continuing to live in your current housing situation.
- Continuing to work in your current employment.
- Volunteering time to aid the community's efforts to prepare for and adapt to global crises.
- Supporting each other in executing the four parts of the Job One for Humanity Climate Emergency and Resilience Building Plan.
- Becoming a leader for various village projects and efforts as you familiarize yourself with the eco-community.
- Gaining access to all preparedness, sustainability, resilience, and management guidance information developed by other ClimateSafe Villages.
Steps involved in preparing local ClimateSafe Villages include:
- Encouraging members to start organic gardens for a reliable food supply.
- Enhancing and securing the community's energy system against climate consequences.
- Protecting drinking water and sewage systems from climate consequences.
- Assisting local communities in understanding the need to fortify critical infrastructure against escalating climate consequences.
- Planning for the fair and humane treatment of growing numbers of climate migrants.
Urban and suburban ClimateSafe Villages may not be able to grow as much food as rural villages due to spatial constraints. However, creative networking, sharing, and trading can still facilitate necessary climate change preparation and adaptation. Members join our Virtual Community on BaseCamp to coordinate on this project.