You may want to think that this kind of extreme climate change will never happen to you where you live. Think again. Prepare. Not by becoming an isolated “prepper” — food stores piled in the middle, surrounded by guns — but by rejoining the human race. Just as Californians need to feel our empathic connection with their bewildered astonishment at how their paradise is dissolving into dust, so do all peoples suffering from the ravages of climate change, wars, inequality — suffering of all kinds. The more empathic our connection, the stronger our bonds, the greater our capacity for collective transformation.