Rich people are finally waking up to the reality of climate change and/or the impending apocalypse, and what are they doing?
Instead of spending their millions on creating a better world for everyone, they're creating luxury apocalypse shelters! In recent years, doomsday real estate has become a booming, multimillion dollar business, fueled by the rising inevitability and human apathy towards climate change as well as fears of nuclear attacks, pandemics, natural disasters, economic collapse, and other calamities.
Of course, if you have money, you're automatically exempt from any and all disaster, even if you played a role in causing it and/or have the funds to help turn things around. It's easier to just feel very afraid than to actually act, after all.
As anthropology professor John Hawkes told The New York Times, "Fear sells even better than sex. If you can make people afraid, you can sell them all kinds of stuff, and that includes bunkers." So here are 8 of the world's most surreal and luxurious bunkers, so you can live out the end times in comfort.
1. Vivos Europa One, Germany
This subterranean refuge was first created by the Soviets during the Cold War, but the luxury apocalypse bunker company Vivos is currently shaping it into an opulent shelter. When finished, it will be able to house 1,000 people, as well as a small zoo, a storage space, and a gene bank for preserving plants and animals in case of an extinction.
Of course, Vivos is a very American country (nobody loves apocalypses more than Americans), and there are already shelters available in South Dakota, Indiana, and elsewhere. In order to get into one of their luxury shelters, you have to go through a vetting process. Don't worry if you're not a Silicon Valley CEO, though: These compounds are seeking diversity, gender balance, and all sorts of skills, as even underground luxury bunkers need plumbers.