Millennials are preparing for the worst in case of a climate change disaster, and it's prompting them to buy land in rural places like Oregon and Vermont

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Some young professionals want a back-up plan in case of climate catastrophe.

Some city-dwelling millennials are investing in property in rural locations for an ominous reason: In case their urban homes are ravaged by climate change-related disasters.

They're buying up land in places like Vermont, Oregon, and New York's Catskill Mountains, in hopes of having a refuge if (or rather when, in their view) the coastal cities where they live are overwhelmed by rising sea levels and extreme, destructive weather as a result of climate change, the New York Times reported.Advertisement

These young professionals are building homes to be self-sufficient and sustainable, and some are betting that the land they buy now will grow astronomically in value in the future.

Mark Dalski, a 33-year-old who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut and is an owner of a company that builds green roofs in nearby New York City, told the Times he bought four acres of land in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. He's building a small home there that will have its own well, power lines, septic system, and a vegetable garden.

If his home city of Greenwich is ever rendered uninhabitable, "I'll have a safe space," Dalski told the Times.

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Dalski is confident that his land in the Catskills could make him money in the future when everyone else follows in his footsteps.

If "I can pick up a few acres, it is going to triple in value," Dalski told the Times. "In 100 years' time, it will be worth something. People are going to have to move north at some point."