A few years ago, Aaron Hawkins of StormCloudsGathering put his money where his mouth was. Having been a successful YouTuber who created gripping videos about impending global chaos, he moved with his young family to an undisclosed tropical location to build a self-reliant sustainable community. We’ve been hearing from him only sporadically since then because he’s been busy with that project and also because he had little incentive to make videos, having been viciously demonetized.
We now discover that their mystery location is Dominica, the island nation in the Caribbean which took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria’s 195 mph winds. The infrastructure, the trees, virtually everything has been completely destroyed.
He’s in the middle of a very vivid rehearsal for the global chaos that he’s been predicting.
Over images of the unfathomable destruction as well as of him and his team digging themselves out he says, “The full effects of Hurricane Maria are yet to be seen. The old economy has been shattered and the government does not have the means to cover the astronomical cost of reconstruction. In most villages, there is no money flowing. There is a clear imperative to transition the entire country to self-sufficiency, renewable energy and local economic strategies.
“The current crisis provides a clear imperative and a tangible sense of urgency. Community networks are already consolidating resources to move in this direction. We’re doing what we can with what we have. Challenges ahead however are daunting.”
Hawkins is asking for volunteers to go down and help, he’s asking for donations and this is his Recovery Needs List.
He’s made this website for the PONGOVI.ORG foundation to help their efforts.