For years, doomsday preppers have been portrayed as paranoid individuals who prepare for the worst-case scenarios. However, with the recent global events such as pandemic, political turmoil, economic crisis and natural disasters, their warnings no longer sound like baseless paranoia. In fact, many experts are now predicting a difficult future ahead. In this article, we explore why doomsday preppers are warning of hard times ahead and whether they are right.
1. Economic Collapse
One of the biggest concerns of doomsday preppers is an economic collapse. They believe that the current global economic system is unsustainable and will eventually lead to a collapse. The signs of an impending financial crisis are evident- increasing national debts, trade tensions and currency wars.
A report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) shows that the world economy could contract by up to 10% this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries have already entered into recession and businesses are shutting down at an alarming rate putting millions out of work. Furthermore, with continuous printing of money by governments worldwide to stimulate economies might result in inflation and devalue currencies.
Doomsday preppers argue that in such scenarios people should prepare for self-sufficiency by stocking up on food supplies, developing skills for homesteading and preparing for bartering system.
2. Political Turmoil
Another reason why doomsday preppers warn about hard times ahead is political turmoil. The world is currently experiencing political instability- from continuous protests in Hong Kong, civil wars in Middle-Eastern countries to racial tensions in America.
Many countries have been facing challenges keeping their citizens safe during pandemics resulting in public distrust on their governments leading to further unrest.
Furthermorethe US elections has become one of the most divisive leading people speculating it might lead tounrest; witha polling company Rasmussen reportedly predicted that a third of the country believes that a civil war is likely in the next five years. Doomsday preppers warn about the possibilities of civil war, martial law and refugees crisis which could result in more violence, loss of life and property.
3. Climate Change
Doomsday preppers also cite climate change as another reason why people should prepare for hard times ahead. Climate change is already causing massive destruction in different parts of the world with floods, hurricanes and heatwaves becoming more frequent.
The United Nations warns that by 2040, global warming could increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, resulting in extreme weather conditions and natural disasters on an unprecedented scale. Doomsday preppers suggest that people should prepare for disasters by stocking up on food supplies, developing skills for homesteading and preparing an evacuation plan to safer locations.
In conclusion, while doomsday preppers may seem paranoid to some people at first glance but with recent events across the globe it’s not hard to see why they are warning of hard times ahead. Whether it’s economic collapse, political unrest or climate change- there are many factors that can disrupt our way of life. While we can’t predict exactly when these events will take place or how severe they will be , it’s always better to be prepared than caught off guard. Nonetheless, audiences must not fall into anxiety or despair as adaptation is key in moving forward amidst trying times whilst being mindful of how preparedness goes a long way,.