I have a dilemma that I would like to pose to the permies community, to see what y'all think.
I am almost at the point where I am ready to buy some land. I am currently in Southern Colorado, and love it here. I have been thinking of buying land in this general area for a while. There are lush green fields, rivers running through towns, beautiful mountains, and plenty of sunshine and fresh air.
However, I recently heard about a very dreary climate change forecast. Somebody told me about a report that they read that predicted that in 50 years, Grand Junction, CO will resemble the current climate of Tucson, AZ. That was not the first dreary prediction that I have heard. I also heard spoken that within 10 years Santa Fe, NM will resemble the current climate of Albuquerque. Regardless of the credibility of these reports, climate change seems like something very real, and must be reckoned with and anticipated.
My concern is that if I find a beautiful and lush piece of Earth to put my name on (in the eyes of other humans, at least), will it turn barren within my lifetime? Will I wake up one day and realize that there is no more water? I love it here now, but would it be a better idea to seek land a bit farther North?