It looks like we may be moving to the far north someday. Researchers believe that certain parts of the world will become “lifeboats” for humans when many countries become uninhabitable. A scientific journal called Sustainability published a study this month, saying that the world as we know it is at risk of collapse and that only a few regions will be spared of the worst effects.

These so-called “lifeboats” are described as “locations that do not experience the most egregious effects of societal collapses,” including climate change, and could become a popular place to live.

“Northern Canada, Russia, Scandinavia, New Zealand and the British Isles […] may remain habitable through the persistence of agriculture and may therefore act as ‘lifeboats’ for populations of humans,” the study says.

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Group paddling down the whitewater of the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories – Via Shutterstock

Researchers say that many factors are increasing our risk for “societal collapse,” and the threat is even bigger than we realize. “The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms—including humanity—is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts,” reads the study.

Destruction of the Earth’s vital ecosystems, population growth, and resource consumption are increasing our risk of catastrophe. “Global civilisation is very likely to suffer a catastrophic collapse in future (within a few decades),” it says.

Along with the “lifeboats” that include northern Canada, the study also outlined a list of the best countries to rebuild society post-collapse — Iceland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, which has the greatest potential of them all.

Doom and gloom aside, life in Nunavut wouldn’t be so bad. At least we’d get to enjoy the northern lights and zip around on snowmobiles.