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article imageSurvival expert says most people will not survive climate change

By Kevin Jess     Nov 14, 2009 in Environment
Ray Mears, television personality and probably the world's foremost expert on bushcraft, says most people will not survive the climate change crisis.
Over the past few years, Ray Mears has become well known around the world as being an authority on the subject of bushcraft and survival.
He is best known for several television series relating to survival in the wild and extreme survival, such as Tracks, World of Survival, The Essential Guide to Rocks, Extreme Survival, Trips Money Can't Buy with Ewan McGregor, The Real Heroes of Telemark, Bushcraft Survival, Wild Food, and now Northern Wilderness, filmed in Canada.
Mears isn't all that worried about the planet Earth.
"The planet will be fine, whether we are is another matter. What's interesting is that the last time we faced climatic fluctuations as a species, we were hunter-gatherers and could up sticks and move. We can't do that now...", he said in an interview with Sanjida O'Connell, published today in NewScientist.
Mr. Mears feels that climate change may be disastrous for the human race.
"I don't think most people will survive climate change. It will be a disaster. We have to adapt to survive and take lessons from nature. Adaptable things do better. The more specialised you become, the more marginal you are," he said in the O'Connell interview.
Mears doesn't feel that people should rush out and start taking courses in survival because of a climate crisis that could turn cataclysmic.
Instead, he says in NewScientist, "They should do it because it's a joy to learn about the natural world and it's important to understand that no matter how technological or concrete our world seems, we have seeds and soil and roots beneath our feet. We are still part of nature."
His new series, Northern Wilderness, can be seen in the UK on BBC2.
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