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Swimming With the Current: A Remote Worker’s Guide to Climate Change Relocation

Moving and Climate Change

If you are working remotely and concerned about climate change, you’ll need to think carefully about where you live and adopt strategies to ensure your and your family’s comfort for years down the line. Here, Marjorie Jones at presents some tips to get you started.


Your first point of action is to identify which areas are less (or more) prone to natural disasters like fires, floods, and severe weather. Coastal regions, for example, may be at risk of flooding due to rising sea levels, while inland areas could be at risk of wildfires or heavy drought. Research the area’s history of natural disasters and scientific predictions and look for areas that have a low risk. You may, for example, want to consider the Great Plains, the Midwest, and the Northeastern states – these are typically understood to be safer in the long term.


Also look at the way different states are handling the climate crisis. For instance, Wisconsin has been supporting national and international charges towards change since 2019. In fact, in 2018 Xcel Energy became the first utility company in the country to commit to transitioning to renewable energy sources.


If you have located an area you think will be safe for years to come, your next priority is to scope out a property. You can start this process by utilizing online resources like Zillow, Redfin, and Trulia to compare prices and look for features that could be useful in a crisis (such as basements or extra storage). You can also reach out to local real estate agents for help in finding a property that meets your needs.


It may even be worth considering renting for the long term – this will allow you to remain flexible in case of any drastic events, and you can still use the above options to filter by home type, cost, and the number of bedrooms/bathrooms. You can also check out available apartments from Decker Properties if you are looking to relocate in southeastern Wisconsin.

Remote Working

One of the advantages of being a remote worker is that you are not chained to a single location. This means you can be flexible in the event of climate-related phenomena. It’s important, then, to strengthen your position as a remote worker – this means journalizing your experience and collecting references and testimonials that speak to your competence. If you’re looking for new work since your move, you can employ a few clever marketing strategies to reinforce your client base.


When it comes to future-proofing against climate change, employers can often represent another risk – you never know how a company might be affected by market shifts or their base of operations is directly impacted by the weather itself. By establishing a business of your own, you can at least have the autonomy to build a company that you know will withstand any dramatic economic or ecological changes.


Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to start a Limited Liability Company (LLC) thanks to formation services. An LLC will protect your personal liability, provide tax advantages and reduce your paperwork quantities.


Founding your own business also gives you the opportunity to put in place sustainable, environmentally friendly, carbon-saving practices. This could involve digitizing paper records and converting files to PDF format. There are plenty of free tools to help add pages, combine files, and provide feedback on PDFs. Plus, with an editable PDF, you can make changes and get comments without ever having to use a piece of paper or waste any ink!

Support Positive Changes

Global warming is affecting everyone around the world, and, as a remote worker, you may have more flexibility to move to an area that you know will be safe in the face of climate shifts. By researching the area’s history of natural disasters, renting to stay flexible, and starting your own business (and implementing organized, sustainable business practices), you can ensure a smooth, safe transition to your new home in the years to come.

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