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From Ecosia Blog

We’re days away from 50 million trees!

06.Feb.2019 .

 

Back in 2014, we planted one tree per minute in Burkina Faso.

Today, we’re planting a new tree every second across 21 reforestation projects across the planet. And thanks to people like you, our tree counter is almost at 50 million!

These trees have absorbed 2.5 million tonnes of toxic CO2 from...

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Please see my recent experience here:

The Current Obstructions towards Climate Action!

and the note to the 'next President of the United States' below...

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To the next President of the United States regarding the current Climate Crisis!

I am 59 years old, just a few days shy of 60, however I want to talk to you from the 9 year old in me, so let’s pretend I am speaking as a 9 year old right now. My mom, would say that everyone has obstacles and setbacks in life and living in the United States after several presidents I see we as a country have the same condition. She would say when we have these setbacks and obstacles that we use them as life-lessons and whether it happens in Winter, Summer or Fall, we get back up and dusk our pants off and keep on moving again.

The only difference is that we are much more mature, stronger, and the experience has put us in a situation that we have a stronger sense of empathy for others whether their setbacks and obstacles are similar or not. It has also embedded in us the wisdom not to walk down the same dead-end path again, but to create a new, sustainable, and tolerant path.

The 9 year old in me says that this is how we can view our circumstances in this country. We might have the sense that we have had a disastrous period, however it doesn’t mean that we are beaten. If anything we are now empowered with the right way of doing what needs to be done, no more repeating the same historical mistakes. Time does not allow for any other direction but that of ethical progress at this point. Our youth recognize this so it behooves us to work together towards our very own survival of the human race.

So with that I hope the next president of the United States considers making the current climate crisis a priority of not only the United States but the planet. This Climate Crisis is a problem, yes, however it is also an opportunity to transform the entire human race towards renewable energy, living a new different type of way, empowering others and creating a planet that is embracing and compassionate towards our fellow men and women.

This opportunity serves to finally rid our reliance on corporate based greed, the conditional effect of avarice, and deluded thinking about our collective mortality. It rids the planet of poverty and installs a collective self-respect for our human race.

Where can we start? As quoted here:   “We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.” - Avram Noam Chomsky. That to me the very first start.

The next start is self-education, to read, perhaps starting with: The Green New Deal, then perhaps Idea #9, and for sure The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan, as well as starting to study books such as “Unprecedented Crime by Dr. Peter D. Carter & Elizabeth Woodworth” to name just one. Please remember to take a look at the links page. There are several links here on this site and the ones that I listed on this home page (bottom area) offer ideas, solutions, and opportunities to connect with a reputable climate change organizations.

Time is no longer in our hands and has not been for some time, it does not mean we cannot roll-up our sleeves and challenge our situation collectively for once as a species first, then as a country and forefront leader, all of us working in our own way towards this one goal.

This also takes a personal self-transformation of our ideas, attitude and strengthening our altruistic qualities and nature. We must always be searching for ways to improve ourselves, this one idea should be our life-long personal commitment to ourselves. “How can I become a better human-being in order to contribute to the continuance of our human-species?” and “How can I develop my compassion for others?” It begins with what’s already inside of us, as I have recently seen posted here and there, always searching for ways to make this internal essential nature predominant.

Thanks for reading this note.  February 2nd always reminds me of that one IPCC report that was released on February 2nd, 2017. This one report, scared the living crap out of me. We cannot let our planet become the reality as stated in these reports, we simply cannot!

- Climate Change Community | 02.02.19

Please see my recent experience here: The Current Obstructions towards Climate Action!

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This is an incredible email I received as part of their email subscriber:

Together for action:

Action starts with knowledge based in awareness. Awareness can come in the form of extreme weather being the new norm. Or even through a lack of food, water or hope for tomorrow. They all have the familiar ties to climate change.

 Some people experience this awareness more than others. And it can mean a painful awakening. It can lead both to hope for change and action but also to fear and even hatred of the change that is coming. It may bring out the worst sides of some people.

 But climate change also brings people together, to demand real change from their leaders. Leaders who aren’t currently speaking the truth or taking action on climate change. It can also make people do marvellous things they thought were impossible. The snowball effect is already in motion and it’s unstoppable.

 The action tools you will have at your fingertips when We Don’t Have Time’s social network launches on Earth Day, 22 April 2019, will provide you and millions more people around the globe with hope and action. Climate-friendly ideas will see the light of day from local initiatives with global implementation. Through a shift in the people’s mindset, it’s possible for grassroot movements to pave the way for nature and humanity. That’s why on 22 April we invite you to join us when we bring together world-class thinkers, doers and stakeholders for a free, public ‘no-fly’ climate conference that will launch our new social platform focused on climate action. Please consider this your ‘Save The Date’.

 As you undoubtedly know, Ms. Greta Thunberg has become one of this planet's most sought-after people. She therefore needs to fully devote herself to the worldwide climate strike movement that she has started, and no longer has the time to commit herself to being an advisory board member of the WeDontHaveTime Foundation. She continues to believe in and support our organisation and we will, of course, continue to give her our full support in the future.

 In this newsletter, a special thanks go out to everyone that helped make this issue and our advancing movement possible. First and foremost that means you. We consider you to be our community – the community on which we base our organisation and trust a. And we hope you equally see us as a promise for a brand new, and much-needed social network for true climate action.

We can only do this together! Stay win it #WeDontHaveTime and #ThereIsNoPlanetB

Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO
We Don’t Have Time


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Unquestionably, distress signals are flashing throughout nature and society, from drought, sea level rise, and unrelenting increases in temperatures to expanded refugee crises, conflict, and dislocation.  This is not the whole story.  We have endeavored in Drawdown to show that many people are staunchly and unwaveringly on the case.  Although carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion, and land use have a two-century head start on these solutions, we will take those odds.  The buildup of greenhouse gases we experience today occurred in the absence of human understanding; our ancestors were innocent of the damage they were doing.  That can tempt us to believe that global warming is something that is happening to us—that we are victims of a fate that was determined by actions that precede us.  If we change the preposition, and consider that global warming is happening for us—an atmospheric transformation that inspires us to change and reimagine everything we make and do—we begin to live in a different world.  We take 100 percent responsibility and stop blaming others.  We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway tha awakens creativity, compassion, and genius.  This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one.  This is a human agenda.  - Paul Hawken, Excerpt from book ‘DRAWDOWN – THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING’

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We humans do not view or see the world as an integrated whole.  Instead we observe it as if we are looking though a tube focusing on one tiny piece of it at a time.  Many of us are very skilled and knowledgeable in one or a few small areas.  Our competence in that often makes us think we understand a lot more than we do.  By focusing their attention on very small pieces of reality, exceptional individuals have developed an incredible knowledge about genes, strings, and dark matter, and developed remarkable capabilities in fields like nanotechnology and space exploration.  Stepping back and looking at how we are utilizing this knowledge in dealing with one another and our planet, we can see that it is sometimes wonderful and other times awful.  What we too often have is a collection of good parts put together in bad ways.
            Our technology gives us an overwhelming impact on our surroundings, which can be disastrous when not used wisely for the good of the world today and that of the future.  The combination of ignorance, arrogance, and technology is leading us towards serious trouble. -  Peter Seidel, Excerpt from book – ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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The climate scientists’ warnings have come true.
            There is more carbon in the atmosphere trapping heat and moisture than ever before in the 165,00 yeas of human history.  We are on the verge of the first ice-free summer in the Arctic in three million years—and back then the Earth was a much different place from the one currently cradling us.
            The consequences of a warming planet are appearing much faster than had been projected by climate scientists of just a decade ago.  The most dire warnings: rising oceans, freak storms and agricultural collapse, are all taking place right now.
            And it’s going to get far worse.
            But now, other voices have entered the fray.  Those of geologists who study the longer term implications and histories of a planet undergoing rapid global warming.  Specifically, they are focused on extinctions.
            The climate scientists, gemologists, and those from related scientific disciplines need to continue talking to each other because at some point we may be able to see the critical moment in which the current climate crisis crosses from the realm of a global destabilizer to a global extinction event.  We must wake up. - Thom Hartmann,  Excerpt from eBook: The Last Hours of Humanity – Warming the World to Extinction 

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Every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change.  Increased exposure to multiple health threats, together with changes in sensitivity and the ability to adapt to those threats, increases a person’s vulnerability to climate-related health effects.  The impacts of climate change on human health interact with underlying health, demographic, and socioeconomic factors.  Through the combined influence of these factors, climate change exacerbates some existing health threats and creates new public health challenges.  While all Americans are at risk, some populations are disproportionately vulnerable, including those with low income, some communities of color, immigrant groups (including those with limited English proficiency), Indigenous peoples, children and pregnant women, older adults, vulnerable occupational groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with preexisting or chronic medical conditions.  - US Global Change Research Program, Excerpt from book:  THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON HUMAN HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES 

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Around the world, at a local level, people are adapting in surprising ways, especially in some of the poorest countries.  Foods have become more severe and damaging in Bangladesh in recent decades, with up to a third of the country submerged for some time every year.  Mohammed Rezwan saw opportunity where others saw only disasters.  His not-for-profit organisation, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangtha, deploys 100 shallow-draft vessels that serve as floating libraries, schools, health clinics and gardens, and are equipped with solar panels, internet access and video conferencing facilities.  Rezwan is creating floating connectivity to replace flooded roads and highways.  But he is also working at a far more fundamental level:  his staff show people how to make floating gardens and fish ponds to prevent starvation during the wet season. – Tim Flannery

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Two Book Reviews—Unprecedented Crime

 

“Criminal justice can contribute to addressing the climate crisis.  A significant share of greenhouse gas emissions is associated with conduct amounting to violations of existing criminal law.  Targeting climate change by enforcing criminal law can be extremely efficient.  It can be done on the basis of existing laws, through existing institutions and with minimal additional cost.  Peter Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth’s book is a timely and important contribution to the debate regarding how criminal prosecutions, both at the national and international level, could be used to repress and deter climate damaging conduct at a large scale and on a lasting basis.”  - Reinhold Gallmetzer, Appeals Counsel, International Criminal Court Founder, Center for Climate Crime Analysis

 

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“This book makes an important contribution to the public debate about climate change because it effectively explains why climate change disinformation campaign funded by some fossil fuel companies and free-market fundamentalist foundations should be responded to as an unprecedented virulent crime against humanity.  Although the book makes clear that enormous harms to life and ecological systems are already attributable to this disinformation campaign, if the obstructionist power of the disinformation campaign can be neutralized, policy responses are now available that could effectively minimize future climate induced catastrophic harms.” - Donald A. Brown, Scholar In Residence and Professor Sustainability Ethics and Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law School

 

 - From book from – Unprecedented Crime by  Peter Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth

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Our overrated ability to reason

     The growing complexity of our world today requires clear thinking far beyond what was ever needed before.  We need to see connections between things and events, both in the present and over time, however we often fail to notice and deal with the most obvious, such as the need for Egypt, historically a food exporter, to now import large quantities of food as a result of its rapid population growth.  The gap between the need for rational thinking and reality keeps growing and so do the demands on leaders from an ignorant public that thinks mainly in the short term.  There is no organized effort to counter this problem in a holistic way.
     We have self-flattering illusions about our ability to reason. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’ 

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The fact that no emergency response to the entrenched failure of governments is a crime against humanity and indeed all of life.

 

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      Given this availability of solutions (which are largely absent from the North American media), the political, media, and moral failures to act decisively have now become willful crimes against life itself.
    
This conscious refusal of the dominate players-government, corporations and the media-to act with purpose helps to answer the questions, “Where is the human outcry for earth’s life-support?  Why have we failed to seize control of our survival?”
     Trappist monk Thomas Merton explored a similar mystery in the 1960s.  During the nuclear madness of the Cold War, he coined the term “the unspeakable” to describe a vacuum that can be utterly void of compassion and responsibility.
     This moral abyss is still very much alive within the deep military-industrial state that Eisenhower warned about in 1961.  The public needs to acknowledge and understand this nihilistic mindset, which since the 1980s has played a major role in hiding from society the truth about the climate crisis.
     Pope Francis, in his 2015 Encyclical Letter – which was backed by all the major world faiths—referred to climate change as “a sin against God.”
     Following the Pope’s declaration, the UN Paris climate summit was signed by 195 countries – yet astonishingly our North American national governments persist in activities of deep denial, as they rush ahead with new pipelines.
     And incredibly, against years of IMF and World Bank pressure to phase them out, governments continue to subsidize fossil fuels to the globally suicidal extent of trillions of dollars worldwide.  It is as if our political leaders had no concern for our children’s future.  Simply stopping these subsidies would be an instant game changer.
     Another powerful strategy is legal action against governments for the crime of omission to protect the right to life of their populations—a public trust duty that dates back to Roman times and early British common law. - Quoted excerpt is from Introduction section in book; ‘Unprecedented Crime’ by Peter Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth.
    

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The Climate Adaptation Diet or 'way-of-eating'

“If we want to fight global warming through the food we buy, then one thing’s clear: We have to drastically reduce the meat we consume,” - Tara Garnett of London’s Food Climate Research Network.

First and foremost, in these climate crisis times and in relation to our efforts to mobilize and mitigate the word diet should now mean, ‘self-education.’  We have absolutely no choice but to decrease our intake of meat and by doing so we will become victors of taking concrete climate action.  The wall we are heading towards at full speed can’t be avoided but at the least we can decrease the impact, this is climate adaptation.

Instead of saying diet, perhaps we could say; 'ways of eating' as described below by Marni Wasserman, in her book - 'Plant-Based Diet For Dummies'

Plant-based: This way of eating is based on fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds with few or no animal products. Ideally, the plant-based diet is a vegan diet with a bit of flexibility in the transitional phases, with the goal of becoming 100 percent plant-based over time.

Vegan: This describes someone who doesn’t eat anything that comes from an animal, be it fish, fowl, mammal, or insect. Vegans refrain not only from animal meats but also from any foods made by animals (such as dairy milk and honey). They often also abstain from purchasing, wearing, or using animal products of any kind (for example, leather).

Fruitarian: This describes a vegan diet that consists mainly of fruit.

Raw vegan: This is a vegan diet that is uncooked and often includes dehydrated foods.

Vegetarian: This plant-based diet sometimes includes dairy and eggs.

Flexitarian: This plant-based diet includes the occasional consumption of meat or fish. I like to refer to it as “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” — said with no judgment, of course!

Regarding self-education about ways-of-eating, there is a remarkable amount of resources online, such as typing ‘how to eat plant-based’ in Ecosia, or YouTube.  This is several health specialists kicking off plant-based ways-of-eating right now also, such as Beyonce’s health specialist, Rawvana, plant-based eating website, Fully Raw Kristina, and many, many others.

For the Climate Adaptation Diet or Way-of-Eating perhaps we can consider this type of transition, just do what you do, you don’t have to change your way of eating, just reschedule how you eat.  It works like this, by the way, this idea came from a Judicial Judge  -- I thought we could make it into a climate adaptation action.  Without the guilt crap, missing this or that or making mistakes, no financial charges, etc..., we are the ones who initiate this with the mindset that we are contributing to improving the planet for our families and children.  Bottom Line!

Idea #10

How about this idea:  For those who do are not vegan or plant based and struggle with health issues, we create a Climate Adaptation Health Action, which would go like this:  We eat plant based from Sunday 6:00 pm to Friday 6:00 pm.  That would make it plant based for about 120 hours a week and then we could eat whatever you desired for roughly 48 hours. 

It simply works like this, FROM Sunday night 6 pm TO either Friday 6 am or Saturday night (your choice)  6 pm, we eat ‘PLANT BASED’ – after a while one transition to eating this way naturally.

We could call it the Climate Adaptation Diet.  This would have a tremendous effect towards our health and  mobilizing.  It will put our liver into regeneration and from what I understand is that you gain energy, mental clarity and a host of added improvements, not to mention taking part in climate mobilization.

Here are some books to consider checking out, some of which I read several times:

THE SELF-HEALTH REVOLUTION by J. Michael Zenn (highly recommended)

Our Toxic WORLD – A Wake Up Call by Doris J. Rapp, MD

GREEN SMOOTHIE REVOLUTION by Victoria Boutenko

The Hundred-Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald

Benbella's Best of Plant-Based Eating (2nd Edition)

Lindsay S. Nixon - The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living

Plant-Based Diet For Dummies - Marni Wasserman

Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko

Lani Muelrath - The Plant-Based Journey

Trish Sebben-Krupka - Plant-Based Cookbook

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual by Natasha Kyssa

All of which is to say that for people to care, the climate–food discussion must be about more than just facts, more than pounds of greenhouse gases per units of food. It’s got to be about morality, about right versus wrong. And I don’t mean the usual morality of environmental “stewardship.” Or even the issue of cruelty to farm animals. I’m talking here about cruelty to people, about the explicit harm to humans that results from meat consumption and its role as a driving force in climate change. Knowingly eating food that makes you fat or harms your local fish and birds is one thing. Knowingly eating food that makes children across much of the world hungry is another. - Mike Tidwell

Always consult your doctor when transitioning to a new diet especially if you are experiencing health issues.

 

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Happy New Years - As an fyi, climate change community’s primary focus for 2019 is to get away from using the word 'I' much more and instead using 'we' or 'us' as in 'we-the-people' then concentrate on populating the idea page greatly including becoming much more inclusive by adding other ideas found, and finally to make ends meet -- in regard to financially supporting various climate mobilization organizations and running this small site, climate change community will promote the quoted images created as indicated on the contact page.

“It matters if you just don't give up” - Stephen Hawking

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idea #9

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Most psychological and sociological writing about the climate crisis has warned climate “communicators” of the risks of triggering primitive and pathological responses to crisis: “fight or flight”, panic, and the devastation caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Because of these bleak portrayals, many political and organizational leaders have dared not convey the horrifying truth of the climate crisis, since they operate under the mistaken belief that the only response to emergencies is panicked chaos!

But aside from panic, individuals and groups can also respond to emergencies with reason, focus, dedication, and shocking success.  - Margaret Klein Salamon

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imageBuilding a wall anywhere would be very unwise precisely because of the current climate crisis, also I sense that the strongest and most knowledgeable experts on climate adaptation are immigrants/refugees particularly as a result of climate devastation, we need their input and will more as time goes on... 

As the climate exacerbates we need to be working together with our neighbors whomever they might be, this is a world-wide crisis and closing ourselves off in both interaction, dialogue with others, and advice from the experts of climate adaptation would not be advisable in the least.

Hey! Lets get one thing straight, if you turned every single human-being inside out, we are exactly the same...  in regards to fighting climate change this is where it matters the most right now, solidarity in our commonalities.

Um, if you are obstructing the efforts towards climate mobilization, adaptation and education, then perhaps you can take a hard look at your moral and values.  The effects of the current crisis is a reality we can reverse, however it will not be possible unless we all in our own way as well as united reject anything related to the fossil fuel, wealth driven individuals, and their hired-hands.

Idea #8:

We created a product list page , so every product I find or you send in can be added to the page.  We can hopefully boycott these products.

Please see that page for details.


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image...the current climate crisis and the expedited need towards mobilization and adaptation is now quickly growing inside of us, in our youth and certain older adults.  This realization gives birth to a conviction that is unshakeable, a consciousness of the deeper crisis to come, a moral justification to protect what is left of the humanity within mankind.  This in turn creates a sound movement based on the fact that the seriousness of the crisis cannot be overstated.  Those who stand on the side of the current influences that are degrading lives, the environment and our children's future are not only complicit but are explicitly compounding the crisis.  

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"We can say with confidence that the most pressing need of our times is for world citizens who will respond with courage and imagination to the deepening global crisis of human dignity."  (Daisaku Ikeda, 1996 Peace Proposal)

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How beautiful this planet is... the planet is not wrecked, we are...

Then what's next? What should be the next pending action or thought regarding Climate Adaptation.

It is our children of the future, our kids, our youth, the young adults both teenagers and those youthful by nature - it now mandatory that we 'collectively' protect them... we must mobilize on a very local level now beginning with nurses, firemen, emergency workers, law-enforcement, teachers and various departments and swiftly everyone else...

How, do we prioritize them? How do we protect them? What can we do to ensure they have a future? What or how can we transform further to leave them a livable planet?  What kind of children (integrity, emotional maturity, morals, and values) are we leaving for the planet?

I am certain there are many things we can do to both help immigrants, our children and young adults, and protect the planet immediately, I am certain if we had a place where we can drop ideas we could hasten this.

Send in your ideas, please. I will continue sharing my idea (see upcoming posts) and hopefully I can add others.

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"The upcoming climate talks (current COP24) are the most important round of negotiations since the Paris Agreement was reached three years ago," Lou Leonard, the World Wildlife Fund's senior vice president for climate change and energy, told CNBC via email.

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imageYesterday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that the average global temperature for 2018 was set to be the fourth highest on record. The WMO added that the 20 warmest years on record had occurred in the last 22 years, with the "top four" taking place in the last four years.

In a strongly-worded statement, the WMO Deputy Secretary General Elena Manaenkova sought to highlight how important the issue of a warming planet was.

"Every fraction of a degree of warming makes a difference to human health and access to food and fresh water, to the extinction of animals and plants, to the survival of coral reefs and marine life," she said.

Work to be done

The World Wildlife Fund's Leonard told CNBC there was still time to prevent the "worst impacts" of climate change and create a "safer future," but that the window was closing fast.

source/full article...

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“Criminal justice can contribute  to addressing the climate crisis.  A significant share of greenhouse gas emissions is associated with conduct amounting to violations of existing criminal law.  Targeting climate change by enforcing criminal law can be extremely efficient.  It can be done on the basis of existing laws, through existing institutions and with the minimal additional coast. Peter Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth’s book is a timely and important contribution to the debate regarding how criminal prosecutions, both at the national and international level, could be used to repress and deter climate damaging conduct at a large scale and on a lasting basis.” - Reinhold Gallmetzer, Appeals Counsel, International Criminal Court Founder, Center for Climate Crime Analysis

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image12.10.18: More about The Climate Adaptation Box...

Regarding the 11.30.18 (idea #3) post below referencing the climate change adaptation box (cab) or as someone else coined it, the climate ice (in-case-of-an-emergency) box, or another name could also be whatever you decide.  Going into additional details regarding this idea which also picks up the 12-08-2018 post below/above.

This part of my suggestion, in my opinion, we cannot afford not to initiate, although looking at some state and other governments websites, this exists already in many places. 

 

Idea #7:

That box should be enlarged according to circumstances, for example families would have a family climate adaptation box, nurses stations would have one, police departments would have one, fire departments, mayors offices, classrooms, etc... 

Each of these boxes depending on the circumstances will have either a person, department, or unit assigned to not only manage and care for this climate change adaptation box yet will also to give it more of an identity (more information about this shortly).  So for example, the local schools, nurses stations, etc... would have a person(s) or department assigned as the Climate Adaptation go-to person(s) or department.  This would be considered the main contact person(s) or department that represents 'The Climate Adaptation Box' as well as one(s) caring and managing the actual box itself.

So in essence, we now have a climate adaptation box which every family, business, or city/state govenment would have, then a person or department that would care and manage the box. 

continued at Idea #9...

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image(excerpt from article: THE SIMPLEST CLIMATE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE IS IN THE KITCHEN)

Today more than 60 percent of Americans are worried about climate change, and it's easy to understand why. In the last year alone, record-breaking hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, and algal blooms, all linked in one way or another to our changing climate, have affected nearly every part of the United States. The scale of the problem can be overwhelming. The latest report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released last month, underscored, once again, that solving the climate crisis will require a complete and unprecedented transformation of the world economy.

Such a transformation will require concerted global action—the kind that comes about when hundreds of world leaders and delegates come together for negotiations like COP24... Continued at source: THE SIMPLEST CLIMATE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE IS IN THE KITCHEN

Other interesting related article:  George Monbiot: Ending Meat & Dairy Consumption Is Needed to Prevent Worst Impacts of Climate Change
 
   

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Idea #6:


image12-06-18 - What if each and every one of us planted a tree in 2019, minus deniers and others. Each person on the planet planting a tree would equal transforming just about the entire planet into, a forest. Some might think that this is ridiculous, however when we look at the alternative or rather direction we're heading in then it might be a motivational impetus.

How do we go about it. Well for one we can all use Ecosia search engine for web-browsing as after about 45 searches or so they plant a tree on our behalf. Perhaps this would motivate Sports Companies, Google, Bing, Amazon, and others to indicate they plant trees on our behalf whenever we use their services or purchase from them.

I am sure there are other organizations and entities that have or either offer this service or have mechanisms that allows one to have a tree planet on their behalf. A simple Ecosia web search would suffice in finding them.

Another thought is that I remember when I was living in the country how trees would drop seeds all over, so I thought perhaps grade school children as a class trip or project could collect these on an outing and ship them to other children in other states or countries that could benefit from them. They could even create their own class project to plant them.

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Idea #5:

image12.05.18 - Told to me by a good friend.  Uber and Lyft should create travel to work vans, meaning so many people would give up driving in order to carpool with others. They would rather not wait at bus stops yet would gladly go from home to work and back in a 14 person or less car pool.  This would decrease several vehicals from the road and help decrease congestion to boot.

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Transcript of the speech by Sir David Attenborough
COP24, Katowice, Poland
3rd December 2018


THE PEOPLE'S SEAT

Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

‘We the peoples of the United Nations’.
These are the opening words of the UN Charter.
A charter that puts people at the centre.
A pledge to give every person in the world a voice on its future.
A promise to help protect the weakest and the strongest from war, famine and other man-made disasters.

Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale.
Our greatest threat in thousands of years.
Climate Change.

If we don’t take action the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.

The United Nations provides a unique platform that can unite the whole world.
And as the Paris agreement proved, together we can make real change happen.

At this crucial moment, the United Nations has invited the world’s people to have their voice heard, by giving
them a seat.

The People’s Seat;
giving everyone the opportunity to join us here today, virtually, and speak directly to you the decision makers.

In the last two weeks, the world’s people have taken part in building this address, answering polls, sending video messages and voicing their opinions.

I am only here to represent the ‘Voice of the People’: to deliver our collective thoughts, concerns, ideas and
suggestions.

This is our ‘We the peoples’ message.

( Video : https://vimeo.com/304018764 )

The world’s people have spoken. Their message is clear.

Time is running out.
They want you, the decision makers, to act now.
They are behind you, along with civil society represented here today.
Supporting you in making tough decisions but also willing to make sacrifices in their daily lives.

To help make change happen, the UN is launching the Act Now bot.
Helping people to discover simple everyday actions that they can take, because they recognize that they too must play their part.

The People have spoken.
Leaders of the world, you must lead.
The continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend, is in your hands.

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The one aspect of the Cop24 as in some of the previous conferences I notice is that there is little to no representation of Youth, even though the children and older youth are spear-heading a mountain of activities outside of some these venues.  I notice it is usually older men and women which is ok, but how about this idea.

 I propose that every delegate, climate representative from which ever country, diplomat, president, etc... have with them as a voice representing the youth of tomorrow as well as adaptation ideas a young adult. 

One reality I learned from my faith activities is that youth are always encased with tremendous new fresh ideas.  They also have the energy and power to move beyond limitations placed on them as well as encouraging other youth at the same time.  This general idea about youth is also related to a future idea that I will be sharing shortly.

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Idea #4:

 Empower, encourage but most of all involve youth in all aspects of the climate action, mitigation, adaptation and solutions.  They should saturate and be spear-heading the efforts towards climate mobilization.  Young people are very concerned about their future, they should not be censored and should be listened to regarding the climate crisis. 

I propose that every delegate, climate representative from which ever country, diplomat, president, etc... have with them as a voice representing the youth of tomorrow as well as adaptation ideas, a young adult.  They would have to meet some criteria of course.

Empower, encourage but most of all involve youth in all aspects of the climate action, mitigation, adaptation and solutions. They should be saturate in and as well as spear-heading the efforts towards climate mobilization. Young people are very concerned about their future and rightly so, in that case they should not be censored and should be listened to regarding the climate crisis.

It is way beyond time that old ideas are appreciated but at the same time new ideas from young adults be considered and encouraged.  They have more of a vested interest towards the future for obvious reasons.  We are destroying their planet the least we could do now is assist them in making it livable again.

 

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Our predicament now requires us to go off course and move in a new direction, however;  not for ourselves but for our children, their children and the fact that we are heading directly towards the extinction list.   

We all have a vested interest in the future of humanity.  No matter what political party, doesn't matter what you do for a living and most of all the fact that now realities we are facing are not about just us; if you have kids in your life, family members with children, have friends that are youth and so forth, then this is where our motivation should stem from.

That is exactly our vested interested.  Their future represents humanities future and when this is put into jeopardy it becomes not only a human-rights issue, it is the actual door that opens dire consequences for their future.

We can no longer be idle and action needs to be expedited. We can no longer turn a blind eye to this reality need to step up mobilizing towards renewable energy. 

We are talking about saving lives instead of lining our pockets.  What level of stupidity the media, banks, unethical capitalism and wealthy individuals possess that avarice deludes them to see that they themselves will be affected as the situation degrades.  How do they not see the cause and effect of this? 

 Like nuclear disarmament,  the current climate crisis is a reality that we all share together.  We all now share something strongly in common which is the climate crisis and how working together now we can leave a sustainable planet for the children of tomorrow, the future inheritors of our legacy. 

 

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We need to fear is complacency and ignorance…

 

We need not fear what lies ahead – what we need to fear is complacency and ignorance.  […]  This is a potent wake-up call because it rests on facts and data.  Facts and data that tell us not what will be, but what would be if…  What with some common sense – some uncommonly good common sense – could be.  And what really will be – if we wake up and act. – Ervin Laszlo, Source: There is still time! – Peter Seidel 

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11.30.18 - Aside from one's personal religious faith, how do we move people from excessive materialism towards a stronger climate adaptation mindset?  It is still important to desire, to want things (decreased materialism, not eliminate) along with the necessity of needs.  This idea might not make sense now, however I can assure you it will in both time and situation. How do we each immediately start adapting? 

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Idea #3:

By making 'Climate Adaptation' a noun, meaning making it an physical object such as a box, just like the current climate crisis, which we can both see and feel. 

We each obtain a climate adaptation box, no matter how you customize it but it should be something you can pick up and move in a jiffy.  Label it if you prefer, then this box is kept with your most essential emergency items such as candles, flashlight with fresh batteries, an old cell phone (avec charger) with firechat installed, and even important papers that you must have in case of emergencies.  The climate adaptation box should not be put aside and looked at once in a blue moon, no sir, it should be reviewed at least once a week.  If you traveling then make a small part of your suitcase a climate adaptation box (cab). 

In some of the future ideas I will be sharing this 'climate adaptation box' relationship to other adaptation steps that will have financial bearing in a such good way for teachers, law-enforcement, mayors, governors, nurses, emergency services, mom and pop places, and most important firemen.

 
   

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Despite that broad expert agreement on these basics of clime change science, deep uncertainty remains over the societal consequences that will result.  Predicting these consequences is exceedingly difficult because doing so requires integrating information from complex physical, natural, and social systems.  Without a clear picture of what awaits, it is proving too difficult to recognize the seriousness of the risks and too easy to be complacent.  The complexity also makes it too easy for pundits, politicians, and interest groups to downplay the issue or cloud the discussion. -  Paul Higgins (The thinking person’s guide to Climate Change – Robert Henson) 

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11.29.18 - Another one of those ideas that we might want to consider when facing those unexpected climate disasters.

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Idea #2:

On old phone, download via IP FireChat or a similar program as well as VLC!

 FireChat (or similar) is an app that turns your old cell phone into a walkie-talkie, i.e. you do not need to have an IP address.  Someone at close enough distance away (sad to say, even under rubble) can communicate.  Then install VLC and add a 16, 32, or 64 GB sdisk card (I believe that's what the cell phone cards are called), then on this card load a several hours of music. 

The idea is two fold, one is to use your old phone as a walkie-talkie which does not require an IP connection and the other is to have a way to make constant noise if you need to be found due to unforseen (or known) climate disasters.  See next idea for more details.

It is in my opinion essential. 

 

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Congratulations to all the youth and children of this planet who are standing up against violence in all forms, for voicing your rights for a better education by vocalizing what is needed to support your teachers towards the tools they need to accomplish this, for speaking out against man-made global climate change, for pointing out the predominant level of greed that is destroying our humanity and planet.  - Thank you so much!

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11.28.18

Perhaps we should now proclaim the fossil fuel industry as a terrorist organization!  Why?  Because of their avarice nature they will destroy millions of us, not thousands or hundreds but millions of us -- who will perish due to their inebriated greed, arrogance and outright inhumanity.

The Fossil Fuel's goal is is to tout their fossil fuels at the same time denigrating renewable energy.  This dying behemoth will stop at nothing to grab as much wealth as possible at the cost of your children's future existence on this planet.  Like the elephant most of them represent--we must break the chains and act--if not for our future then for our childrens.   

Idea #1:

I propose that we immediately create a new law that is adhered to world-wide in which, these terrorist business's, individuals, or organizations that knowingly work on destroying the ability of humanity to continue existing be stripped of their financial wealth. They will be left with only a million dollars and all other removed finances will be used for #1 climate disasters and #2 create renewable energy companies ran and owned by the people themselves. Crimes against humanity should not be tolerated in the least. Precedence can be found in the book outlined below. Crimes against humanity and punishment for it should be acted upon without fear but with an awareness we are protecting the continuation of mankind. Period!

  • Unprecedented Crime - tick – check it out!

Our society spends an enormous amount of time, energy, and money to deal with crimes of various types, such as the potential crimes studied by the Mueller Investigation, and rightly so. But however serious these crimes turn out to be, they will not compare with the seriousness of the crimes against the climate - which means, crimes against us, our children, our grandchildren, and eventually the human race and life in general. And yet there have been no comparable investigations of the major climate criminals - such as the CEOs of ExxonMobil, which did more than any other corporation to promote climate denial, even though ExxonMobil's scientists had warned the front office decades ago about what the continued burning of petroleum and natural gas would do to the climate. Equally responsible are the bosses of the major media corporations, which have hidden the seriousness of global warming from the general public. - David R. Griffin, 'Unprecedented Crime' book review.

 

 

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Climate Change invaluable work requires this critical understanding: To be effective, change must involve every segment of society working at every level of action. There is no dichotomy between “grassroots” and a “top-down” approach. The climate crisis requires action at every level of society. – Ross Gelbspan

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A few quotes from Book: ‘Unprecedented Crime’ by Peter Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth

“The fact that no emergency response has been mounted by national governments is a crime against humanity and indeed all of life. To continue with business-as-usual at this late date is to knowingly, and therefore deliberately, compound this crime.”

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“Climate change denialism remains rampant. In July 2016, nineteen US Senators led by Sheldon Whitehouse called attention to the “web of denial,” a network of think tanks and front groups that had executed “a colossal political scheme” to deceive the public about climate change, and to halt climate action.”

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“Dr. Michael Mann sums it up: “The gulf between scientific opinion and public opinion has been brought with hundreds of millions of dollars of special interest money…The number of lives that will be lost because of the damaging impacts of climate change is in the hundreds of millions—to me, it’s not just a crime against humanity; it’s a crime against the planet.”

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…..”The mining and burning of coal is starkly incompatible with a stable climate, as are the extreme oil projects in the Arctic, tar sands, and deep in the oceans. There is no excuse for banks to support an industry that flies in the face of the IPCC science and the Paris commitments to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.

…..The banks can choose which ventures they wish to enable, and that choice is an ethical one. They could move quickly and entirely to renewable financing. But preferential enabling of the grotesque, gaping mountaintop coal projects, the vast gaping tar sands, and the filthy contamination of hydraulic fracturing cannot be described as anything but criminal savaging of the planet, as they drive CO2 sky high to afflict the futures of children being born today.

…..It is important that people look into where their money is going, and then switch their investments out of fossil fuels into clean renewable energy and switch their bank accounts to the most ethical climate-friendly banks and credit unions. As an example, U.S. Bancorp announced in April 2017 that it had pulled all its investments in pipelines and switched to wind and solar.”

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It would behoove us to remember this:

“A hundred years from now, looking back, the only question that will appear important about the historical moment in which we now live is the question of whether we did anything to arrest climate change.” – The Economist, 2011

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ENERGY | SOLAR WATER

 

RANKING AND RESULTS BY 2050   #41

6.08 GIGATONS REDUCED CO2

$3 BILLION NET COST

$773.7 BILLION NET SAVINGS

 

     For as long as people have bathed, they have sought ways to heat bathwater.  During the nineteenth century, the most rudimentary solar-heating technology exposed dark-colored metal tanks to the sun.  It worked but wasn’t robust.  In 1891, American inventor and manufacture Clarence Kemp patented a design that improved performance dramatically by using the greenhouse effect.  The Climax—the world’s first commercial solar water heater—placed iron water tanks inside an insulated, glass-covered box, thereby increasing the tanks’ ability to collect and retain solar heat.  “Using one of nature’s generous forces,” Kemp’s advertisements proclaimed, the Climax cold provide hot “hot water at all hours of the day and night.  No delay.  Always charged.  Always ready.”  A residential model cost $25.

     At the turn of the twentieth century, solar water heating (SWH) spread across Southern California, as other entrepreneurs worked to improve on Kemp’s invention.

 

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… All told, SWH is considered to be “one of the most effective technologies to convert solar energy into thermal energy,” with payback periods as short as two to four years, depending on specifics of system, location, and alternatives.

 

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  Increasingly, SWH gets considered alongside solar photovoltaics, when it comes to roof space, investment, and potential synergies or trade-offs between the two.  To achieve uptake at the level Cyprus and Israel have accomplished, governments can require or incent use in new construction—and more and more they are.  If the United States maximized its potential for SWH, the country could reduce natural gas consumption by 2.5 percent and electricity by 1 percent, and avoid producing 57 million tons of carbon each year—as much as 13 coal-fired power plants or 9.9 million cars.  With national ambitions for growth in Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Jordan, Italy, Thailand, and beyond, clearly SWH has not come close to reaching its zenith, even 125 years after the original Climax as first devised.

 

IMPACT:  If solar water heating grows from 5.5 percent of the addressable market to 25 percent, the technology can deliver emissions reduction of 6.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide and save households $774 billion in energy costs by 2050.  In our calculations of up-front costs, we assume solar water heaters supplement and do not replace electric and gas boilers.

 

- Excerpt from DRAWDOWN - ‘THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING’ edited by Paul Hawken

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ENERGY | ENERGY STORAGE (DISTRIBUTED)

 

RANKING AND RESULTS BY 2050 #77

AN ENABLING TECHNOLOGY—COST AND SAVINGS
ARE EMBEDDED IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

     There is an energy transition under way, one as radical as the adoption of caol, oil, and gas at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.  Most would describe the transformation as the shift away from carbon-based fuels to renewable energy, and they would be right—in part.  Another part of the breakthrough will be distributed energy storage—the ability to retain small and large amounts of energy produced where you live and work.  If global warming is “the transformation that transforms everything,” as sociology and human geography professor Karen O’Brien has observed, distributed energy storage may be the transformation that transforms the energy industry.

     Where does your electricity come from?  When energy is centrally generated and distributed from large power-generating plants—gas, coal, nuclear, hydro—it feeds into high-voltage transmission lines that crisscross the country into step-down transformers that flow into regional power grids and, finally, your home or place of work.  Distributed energy stems turn this sequence on its head.  No longer passive consumers, customers can become producers and buy and sell power to the grid when they choose. They can avoid peak deamnd charges and enable a more resilient grid, preventing demand spikes that can cause brownouts or grid failure. 
     The wind and sun have their own timetables, making renewable energy variable.  That poses a critical challenge for utilities that need to closely monitor supply and demand.  The capacity to turn on backup power-generating plants at a moment’s notice—lest the grid go down is critical.  Creating a distributed energy storage system, or grid independence, requires affordable storage, and until now, prices for batteries have been prohibitively expensive.  That is changing.

 

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… If storage is used to enable more reliance on renewables there will be substantial climate benefits.  If storage is just used to shift peak demand to nights in systems that rely heavily on coal, there will be little benefit.

 

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 IMPACT:  Distributed energy storage is an essential supporting technology for many solutions.  Microgrids, net zero buildings, grid flexibility, and rooftop solar all depend on or are amplified by use of dispersed storage systems, which facilitate uptake of renewable energy and aver the expansion of coal, oil, and gas electricity generation.  Adoption of distributed storage varies depending on whether it is used in an urban or rural setting; those dynamics are not explicitly modeled.

 

- Excerpt from DRAWDOWN - ‘THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING’ edited by Paul Hawken

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ENERGY | ENERGY STORAGE (UTILITIES)

 

RANKING AND RESULTS BY 2050 #77

AN ENABLING TECHNOLOGY—COST AND SAVINGS
ARE EMBEDDED IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

     About eleven thousand years ago, when we humans shifted from hunter-gatherer mode to permanent settlements and agriculture, we started learning about storage.  We had no choice, really, because those first crops yielded temporary surpluses that had to be protected from mice and humidity.  Earthen, wooden, then ceramic granaries were the early answers.   Nowadays we excel at storage.  If we make it, we contain it… with one notable exception.  The most fundamental commodity in the industrialized world—electricity—is one for which storage in volume has not been considered.  What is the hedge against brownouts, blackouts, and inefficiency.  In the absence of large-scale energy storage, utilities rely on highly polluting “peaker” plants that they rev up to meet high demand.  As we seek to reduce emissions from electricity production and enable the shift to variable renewable sources of power, storage is doubly vital.
    

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     How does a utility store large amounts of electricity?  One option is pumping water from lower reservoirs into higher ones, ideally fifteen hundred feet higher.  The water is released back down into the lower reservoir as needed and runs through power generation turbines.  Utilities pump the water at night, when electrical power is in surplus, and bring it down again when demand and prices peak.  IN an example, General Electric has teamed up with a German company to create energy when there is no wind.  The project  requires a sloping topography with four wind turbines working in concert to generate energy to pump water from a reservoir at a lower elevation to a reservoir at a higher elevation.  When wind is lacking or demand is high, the water flowing downhill powers a conventional hydroelectric plant.  All told, there are more than two hundred pumped storage systems in the world at present, accounting for 97 percent of global storage capacity.  It is an opportunity that works when topography obliges.
     Nevada is experimenting with energy storage by rail.  Here where there is no water, gravity can still be enlisted.

 

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     Concentrated solar power plants are also at the forefront of energy storage, where molten salt is used to hold heat until it is needed to generate electricity.

 

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     Then, there are batteries at scale.  Some utilities are installing banks of lithium-ion batteries to help meet peak demand.  By 2021, Los Angeles plans to take it natural gas peaker plant off-line, replacing it with eighteen thousand batteries that will be charged by wind power at night and solar in the morning, while energy needs are low.  And dozens of start-ups and established companies are racing to create low-cost, low-toxicity, and safe (no spontaneous ignition) batteries that will revolutionize energy storage from flashlights to utilities—batteries of the future.

 

IMPACT:  Taken on its own, the production of energy storage does not reduce emissions; instead, energy storage enables adoption of wind and solar energy.  No carbon impact numbers are included above in order to prevent double counting with the variable renewable energy solutions themselves.  As with other forms of grid flexibility, the costs and total growth are not modeled directly.

 

- Excerpt from DRAWDOWN - ‘THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

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ENERGY | GRID FLEXIBILITY

 

RANKING AND RESULTS BY 2050 #77

AN ENABLING TECHNOLOGY—COST AND SAVINGS
ARE EMBEDDED IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

     During John Muir’s first summer, exploring the Sierra Nevada, he wrote in his journal, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”  For more than a century, people have used this quote to describe the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the planetary ripple effects of everything from food to transport.  It is also useful for describing the phenomenon of the grid:  the dynamic web of electricity production, transmission, storage, and consumption that 85 percent of the world relies on.  Increasingly, the phrase “global energy transition” gets bandied about, usually to describe a wholesale shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable sources of energy.  While this shift in sources is the crux of the matter when it comes to green house gas emissions, broader change is afoot:  a transformation of the entire grid system.
     Some sources of renewable power have constancy akin to that of fossil fuel—generated electricity: geothermal steam, rushing water, or combusted biomass, to name three.  Producing electricity from the wind and sun, however is an intermittent endeavor.  With everyday rhythms and variations in wind, they vary from minute to minute, day to day, and season to season.  The month of November in Germany, for example, has notoriously low wind and sun, so extra production must come from elsewhere.  In addition to variability, solar and wind generation is diverse, ranging from centralized and utility-scale to small and distributed, such as solar on rooftops.  Integrating geothermal into the grid is a standard procedure, but the current grid was not designed for wind.  Utilities and regulators around the world are grappling with the question:  In a rapidly shifting landscape, how can the grid best align electricity supply and end-user demand, keeping lights on and costs in check?
     The answer is flexibility.  For electricity supply to become predominantly or entirely renewable, the grid needs to become more adaptable than it is today.  The front-runners of renewable energy integration, such as California, Denmark, Germany, and South Australia, are showing that grid flexibility stems from a variety of measures—on both the supply and demand sides, as well as utility operations—and looks different in different places.

 

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     By 2050, 80 percent renewable generation could be a global reality.  In many grids around the world, renewable energy is already reaching 20 to 40 percent share, including variable renewables as well as constant.  So far, the balancing act is working well—better, in fact, than many predicted.  More and more jurisdictions soon will be pursuing advanced grid flexibility, integrating the mix of measures that works best for a particular context.  Renewable sources in tandem with more flexible grids will make the global energy transition possible.  While photovoltaic panels and towering turbines may garner most of the attention, flexibility is the means for renewables to become the dominant form of energy on the planet.

 

IMPACT:  We do not model grid flexibility because it is a complicated, dynamic system, and it is nearly impossible to account for all local factors at a global scale.  However, to grow beyond a 25 percent share of generation, variable renewable energy sources require grid flexibility.  The emissions reductions from this solution are counted in the variable renewable solutions that could not reach their full potential without it.

 

- Excerpt from DRAWDOWN - ‘THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING’ edited by Paul Hawken

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Avarice

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  In the United States the CEOs of corporations that do harmful things such as making soft drinks and promoting them in schools are paid multiples of what teachers, scientists, and even Nobel Laureates get.  Why are they not seen for what they are, individuals who harm others to make money?  To me this sounds like murder, yet many people admire them for their money and position, while they give little esteem to those who collect their trash, a most useful and essential occupation.

 

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Isolation and arrogance of the wealthy
   Several times when I was in grammar school I found myself being driven around by a chauffeur in an expensive car.  I must confess it mad e me feel special, better than those other people I was out there on the streets.  The very rich do not feel the pain of the poor.  They separate themselves from the rest of us and confine their personal relationships to one another—the rest of us just don’t count.  With their clubs, private schools, private jets, exclusive vacation spots, and all the rest, the wealthy stick with those who share their interests, concerns, and lifestyle.  Their interests are largely money itself, the means for acquiring it, how to spend it, other wealthy people, and political support for their values.  Their success in gaining power and money gives them self-assuredness, arrogance, and the expectation that others should kowtow to them.  Because of their financial success, many of them are convinced that they themselves have the best understanding of the “real world,” and they ignore much of the knowledge and wisdom of those who know more, including what scientists say.  Few scientists are rich, so they are not taken seriously.

 

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     Those at the top often smugly take pride in humanity’s achievement, particularly by individuals like themselves, overlooking the fact that nearly all inventions and new ideas, as noted earlier, were the achievements of relatively few individuals.  Left to tribal chieftains and CEO types, we would probably be living much as we were 15,000 years ago, with some of us hoarding more seashells and amber than others.  These limited people with their money, power, and contacts have an influence on the rest of us and the world far beyond their numbers.
     Their morals.  Occasionally I receive a flyer in the fail from 20/20/20 a WonderWork charity program, telling me that one million of the blind around the world could have their eyesight restored through a $300 surgery.  I find it hard to understand how some people can enjoy staying in a hotel room that costs $1000 a night or more while many children are left to lead a life of darkness, and others grow up mentally retarded for lack of an adequate diet as children. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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Energy | WASTE-TO-ENERGY

 

RANKING AND RESULTS BY 2050 #68

1.1 GIGATONS REDUCED CO2

$36 BILLION NET COST

$19.8 BILLION NET SAVINGS

 

     Some call this a solution, while others call it pollution.  It is certainly the latter.  Waste-to-energy is detailed here as a transitional strategy for a world that wastes too much.  In Drawdown, there are several solutions that we call regrets solutions, and this is one of them.  A regrets solution has a positive impact on overall carbon emissions; however, the social and environmental costs are harmful and high.

     The waste incineration industry in the United States arouse from the collapse of the nuclear industry in the 1970s and 1980s.  Companies that benefited from building nuclear plants got into a business called “resource recover,” also nicknamed “trash to cash.”  This solution does not eliminate waste:  It release the energy contained in plastic, paper, foodstuffs, and junk, and leaves a residual ash.  IN other words,  it changes the form of the waste.  Some of the heavy metals and toxic compounds latent within the trash are emitted into the air, some are scrubbed out, and some remain in the resulting ash.  At that time, a hundred tons of municipal waste created thirty tons of fly ash, a granular substance laden with toxins.  The ash goes to landfills lined with plastic to ensure that leachates from the ash do not seep into groundwater.  How long the plastic liners last is not know.  The amount of ash generated today is much lower due to newer techniques.
     There are four methods used by industry to convert waste to energy:  incineration, gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma.  Waste-to-energy also refers to smaller conversion facilities sited at government agencies, companies, or hospitals that use on of the these techniques to dispose of medical, manufacturing, or radio-active waste, as well as tires, sewage sludge, laboratory chemicals, or neighborhood garbage.
     So why feature waste-to-energy in Drawdown at all?  IN a sustainable world, waste would be composted, recycled, or used; it would never be thrown away because it would be designed at the outset to have residual value, and systems would be in place to capture it.  Yet cities and land-scarce countries such as Japan face a dilemma:  What is to be done with their trash—a veritable Tower of Babel comprising tens of thousands of different materials and chemicals.  Landfilling requires extensive tracts of land, which countries like Japan do not have or cannot afford.  If landfill sites are available, burying waste creates methane gas from the decomposition of organic matter, a greenhouse gas that is up to thirty-four times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a one-hundred-year period.  Waste-to-energy plants create energy that might otherwise be sourced from coal- or gas-fired power plants.  Their impact on greenhouse gases is positive when compared to methane-creating landfills.

 

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     As a strategy for managing our trash, waste-to-energy is better than the landfill alternative when state-of-the-art facilities are employed.  In Europe, despite the market for trash (the Germans, Danes, Dutch, and Belgians also are in the business of importing garbage), the rate of recycling, including green is going up, and a 50 percent recycling mandate is in place for the year 2050.  In the EU, there is a strategy for addressing the whole waste stream as effectively as possible:  Where more rubbish could be reduced, reused, recycled, or composted, it should be.
     Waste-to-energy continues to evoke strong feelings.  Its champions point to the land spared from dumps and to a cleaner-burning source of power.  One ton of waste can generate as much electricity as one-third of a ton of coal.  But opponents continue to decry pollution, however trace, as well as high capital coasts and potential for perverse effects on recycling or composting.  Because incineration is often cheaper than those alternatives, it can win out with municipalities when it comes to cost.  Data shows high recycling rates tend to go hand in hand with high rates of waste-to-energy use, but some argue recycling would be higher in the absence of burning trash.  Therese are among the reasons that construction of new plants in the United States has been at a near standstill for many years, despite evolution in incineration technology.

 

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     While some agencies and investors believe waste-to-energy is a renewable source of energy, it is not.  Truly renewable resources, like solar and wind, cannot be depleted.  There is nothing  renewable about burning plastic athletic shoes, CDs, Styrofoam peanuts, and auto upholstery.  Waste is certainly a repeatable resource at this point, but that is only because we generate so very much.
     Drawdown includes waste-to-energy as a bridge solution:  It can help move us away from fossil fuels in the near-term, but is not part of a clean energy future.

 

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  Waste-to-energy can impede emergence of something better: zero-waste practices that eliminate the need for landfills and incinerators altogether.  If this sounds starry-eyed or impractical, know that ten large corporations have committed to zero waste to landfill, inldui9ng Interface, Subaru, Toyota, and Google.
     Zero waste is a growing movement that wants to go upstream, not down, in order to change the nature of waste and the ways in which society recaptures its value.  Is saying, in essence, that material flows in society can imitate what we see in forests and grasslands where there truly is not waste that is not feedstock for some other form of life.

 

IMPACT:  The risks of waste-to-energy are significant, but it has some benefits: 1.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions cab be avoided by 2050, primarily due to reduced methane emissions from keeping waste out of landfills.  Considering the disadvantages, this is a “bridge” solution—one that will decline as preferable waste-management solutions, including zero waste, composting and recycling, become more widely adopted globally.  Island nations, with limited available space, may continue to use waste-to-energy as an alternative to landfilling—employing more advanced technologies, such as plasma gasification, to limit the negative impacts.  At a $36 billion cost to implement, saving over thirty years could be $20 billion.

 

- Excerpt from DRAWDOWN - ‘THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING’ edited by Paul Hawken

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Competitiveness


     Evolution favors winners.  During our evolution people who successfully contended for food, shelter, mates, and other advantages produced more descendants than others.  Competitiveness was thus strengthened and became an intrinsic trait of our species.  We reinforce this quality today by further rewarding those who successfully compete with money, respect, and fame.  Highly skilled athletes, business tycoons, war heroes, and even dictators, such as Napoleon, are respected and admired.  Many of us value success more than personal qualities such as kindness, honesty, knowledge, and wisdom.  Consequently, our society is highly competitive.
     This competitiveness spills into arguments and discussions where we are usually more interested in winning than in coming to a rational conclusion or in learning something new.  Arguments often end up as shouting matches, each side trying to convince the other, without hearing what the other side has to say.  Most of us really are not all that interested in truth; we like to win.  We see personal prestige as hanging on it.
     While worldwide cooperation is now essential for resolving environmental problems, our drive to come out on top makes cooperation difficult.  Most people and governments focus their concerns on their own nation and feel that going beyond that is sacrificing their national sovereignty.  People do not reward leaders for international cooperation.  The refusal of nations to collaborate has led to massive overfishing and our inability to effectively deal with climate change.  - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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Imagination
     There are two ways we learn about the world beyond ourselves.  Sensation, which tells us what is happening to or right around ourselves, is far stronger than intellectual perception, which tells us what is happening beyond ourselves.  What we see and feel is stronger than what we learn secondhand from outside sources.  The more imaginative we are, the better we are able to narrow this gap between sensation and perception and gain broader view of reality.
     Imagination plays an important part in civil society.  It allows us to empathize with other people.  It allows us to picture people in far-off places or in the future.  Imagination helps us to visualize different possible futures and to construct “what if” scenarios.  It prompts us to extend our concern beyond ourselves.  Today, individuals, organizations, and governments are regularly confronted with situations that may extend further beyond our immediate surroundings and time than we ever had to concern ourselves with before.  What we do today affects others we cannot see.
     Imagination varies greatly from person to person, but on the average, it is weak.  While this was suitable for the needs of our simple past, it is far from inadequate for the needs of today.  Unfortunately, people who occupy positions of power are likely to have especially weak imaginations.  For this reason many people see them as “sound, practical people” who can be trusted.  Too often such individuals ascribe poverty to laziness, environmental concerns to extremism, and can enter a war with little empathy for the victims, or objective vision of its possible outcome.
    Evidence and statistics indicate that in a few decades our world will be very different than it is today,  yet it is very hard for most of us to grasp this simple fact.
- Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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Clear thinking does not come easy

     Clear thinking does not come easy for us, and we make little effort to do better.  For example, we have trouble balancing risks.  Some suburbanites do not hesitate to jump into their automobile without fastening their seat belts, and as they talk on their cell phones spend several hours every day driving along busy freeways listening to broadcasts reporting current accidents on those very freeways.  Some of these people are afraid to visit “downtown” even when statistics tell them that it is safe.  They do not see the real danger is in getting there.
     Irrationality erupts in many ways on an international level.  In October 1988 the United States, the Soviet Union, and 150 journalist spent $5,795,000 to cover the story of three grey wales caught in rapidly closing hole in the Arctic ice.  During this event people around the world empathized with the whales and followed the situation on television daily as it unfolded.  Unnoticed, during the same three-week period the world population increased by nearly 5,000,000 people and half a million children died as a result of malnutrition.  And ironically during an average three-week period in 1987, approximately 600 whales were commercially slaughtered with little public outcry.
     Although many things remain a mystery, science has given us insight that help us better understand the universe, our planet, and ourselves.  Nonetheless, in spite of considerable evidence, many people are not satisfied with, or are even perturbed by scientific findings.  The popularity of astrology, fraudulent gurus, pseudoscience, and conspiracy theories attest to this.  Many individuals and powerful leaders refuse to consider scientific evidence.  We just cannot believe that the kind of world evidence shows we are headed for can actually come about.  Special interests have taken advantage of and promoted this confusion for their own benefit.   Rational public discussion of topics such as birth control and climate change become impossible.  Information can produce anxiety, so people may react with denial or with blind faith that leaders or technology and business will deal with the problem without requiring them to make sacrifices.

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     In order to get the economy growing, which they insist is essential, Republicans repeatedly say we must keep taxes down for the rich in order to enable them to create jobs.  They are not publicly challenge to explain how that works when huge numbers of people are put out of work to save money instead of eliminating tax loopholes and raising taxes on people rapidly growing richer.  A high percentage of political campaigning consists of repeating, repeating, and repeating slogans.  Most public issue are dealt with by appealing to our most primitive instincts with little honest backup data and rational thought, and the public accepts it that way.
     Consequences of fuzzy thinking.  We often find ourselves in positions we cannot tolerate, where what we see challenges our wishes, beliefs we hold ear, and our way of life.  A trait psychologists call “motivated reasoning” impels us to cling to erroneous beliefs in spite of overwhelming evidence against them.  Instead of objectively searching for accurate information that either confirms or dispels a particular belief, we tend to see information, true or false, that confirms what we already believe.  This way of thinking is widespread and has a devastating effect on how we live on this planet.  People who see climate change as threatening the way of life or their income embrace ideas and individuals who deny that humanity has any effect on it, or that eating beef contributes to it.
     Ignoring or distorting our view of reality becomes more dangerous as our impact on the planet increases and our world becomes more complex.  Our attraction to quick, easy, simplistic solutions to complex problems, and failure to think about their side effects, is pervasive.  For example, many people think we do not need to concern our selves with environmental problems.  “Nature, God, human ingenuity have always taken care of us and will again.”  Looking at evidence an a little clear thinking would show that by counting on this, we are entrusting our future to hope rather than evidence.  It should be clear to us that while we have removed constraints on our ecological niche, we have not assumed responsibility for restoring stability.
     It would seem that our inability to think logically would disturb us, and that we would work hard to overcome it.  For most of us, this is not the case.  In fact we do a poor job using the limited abilities we have, and we are quite satisfied to let it go at that. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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How do we think
     Evolution found a system of thinking for us that largely circumvents the need for logic.  Our everyday thinking most often bypasses logic and depends to a large extent on referring back to what we know, on the way our knowledge is organized in memory, and how such knowledge is evoked.  I observe this in myself.  If I want to go from A to B as I have a number of times before, I do not analyze my route for efficiency and pleasantness, I just go the way I have before.  When I meet someone I don’t know, in order to be able to interact with him quickly, I rely on stereotypes my mind has previously constructed.  My subconscious guides me.  Unfortunately, this way of thinking can leave important gaps in the way we deal with reality.
     What we already know and our biases largely determine the information we use in our thinking processes.  Many people have a great attraction to ideas that have no grounding in fact, that are based on superstition, biases, and political or religious agendas.  We therefore make many important decisions on partial or faulty information, which when depending on association rather than logic for decisions, can easily produce erroneous conclusions.  These erroneous conclusions become new knowledge and in turn distort new data selection and thought processes.  This can open the door to trouble when dealing with reality, which includes complex problems such as those involving politics, international relations, economics, and environmental systems.
     This failure extends far beyond individuals; it includes the media, educators, and governments.  This leaves us ignorant of where geometric population and economic growth are taking us, for example.  Few people give thought to or comprehend the consequences of exponential growth.  If one starts with an empty bucket, adds one drop of water and every day doubles the amount added to the bucket, change seems very slow at first.  Nevertheless, in time the bucket becomes half-full and the next day is full, and then the following day a full bucket’s worth spills over.  This lack of understanding is now taking us into very dangerous territory. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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Energy | METHANE DIGESTERS

 

RANKING AND RESULTS BY 2050 (LARGE)  #30

8.4 GIGATONS REDUCED CO2

$201.4 BILLION NET COST

$148.8 BILLION NET SAVINGS

 

RANKING AND RESULTS BY 2050 (SMALL)  #64

1.9 GIGATONS REDUCED CO2

$15.5 BILLION NET COST

$13.9 BILLION NET SAVINGS

 

     The same year Thomas Jefferson penned the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Italian physicist Alessandro Volta discovered methane gas.  Intrigued by the flammable air rising up from muddy waters along Lake Maggiore, he captured some and recorded his findings from ensuing experiments in a series of letters to friend and fellow curious mind Carlo Campi.  “No, sir, no air is more combustible than the air from marshy soil,” Volta wrote on November 21, 1776, beginning to fathom the connection between the gas and the decaying vegetation.  He went on to engage the fiery power of methane in a pistol of his own design.  But is was not until a century later that scientists came to understand that microbes were responsible for the creation of Volta’s combustible air.  That microbial wisdom is now being used to manage the planet-warming methane emission s that arise from organic waste—creating clean energy in the process.
     Agricultural, industrial, and human digestion processes create an ongoing (and growing) stream of organic waste.  Around the world, people grow crops, raise animals, make foodstuffs, and nourish themselves.  Every one of those activities creates by products, from residues to excrement.  Even with best efforts to reduce, there no way around waste.  Some spoilage, for instance, is inevitable.  And, as the saying goes, shit happens.  Without thoughtful management, organic wastes can emit fugitive methane gases as they decompose.  Molecules of methane that make their way into the atmosphere create a warming effect thirty-four times strong than carbon dioxide over a hone-hundred-year time horizon.  But that need not be the case.  One option is to control their decomposition in sealed tanks called anaerobic digesters, which facilitate the natural processes Volta found along Maggiore’s marshy shores.  They harness the power of microbes to transform scraps and sludge and produce two main products:  biogas, an energy source, and solids called digestate, a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

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… Thanks to a supportive regulatory environment, Germany leads the way among established economies with nearly eight thousand methane digesters as of 2014—almost, 4,000 megawatts of installed capacity in total.  Their adoption is increasing in the United States as well.  Their adoption is increasing in the United States as well, particularly as attention to methane emissions grows.  Small-scale digesters dominate in Asia.

 

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     Additional emissions savings result from how a disgester’s versatile outputs are put to use.  Those end uses tend to depend on the scale of production.  At the household level, largely in rural and unelectrified areas in Asia and Africa, biogas is utilized for cooking, lighting, and heating, while digestate enriches home gardens and small agricultural plots.  Importantly, biogas can reduce demand for wood, charcoal, and dung as fuel sources and therefore their noxious fumes, which impact both planetary and human health.  When produced at industrial scales, biogas can displace dirty fossil fuels for heating and electricity generation.  When cleaned of contaminants, it also can be used in vehicles that would otherwise rely on natural gas.  On the solids side, digestate supplants fossil fuel-based fertilizers while improving soil health.  In addition to reducing greenhouse gas, methane digesters reduce landfill volumes and water-polluting effluent, and eradicate odors and pathogens.

     Around the same time Volta was combusting gas, the phrase “waste not, want not” came into fashion.  The Latin root of the word waste, vastus, means “uncultivated.”  The opportunity for digesting organic wastes is, indeed, largely uncultivated.  In the face of an ongoing stream of animal and human excrement and organic waste from food production and consumption—and a tandem surge of energy demand—we’d do well to take the opportunity to waste not, want not to heart.

 

IMPACT:  Our analysis includes both small and large methane digesters.  We project that by 2050, small digesters can replace 57.5 million in efficient cookstoves in low-income economies, while large digesters can grow to 69.8 gigawatts of installed capacity.  The cumulative result:  10.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided at a cost of $186 billion. - Excerpt from DRAWDOWN - ‘THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING’ edited by Paul Hawken

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Irrationality exists worldwide, involving most people, governments, and the media.  Skimping on worthwhile and essential projects, nations spend huge amount of money on armaments and hostilities.  When we look at all the misery and costs of war it makes no sense not have eliminated it, but we haven’t.  The automobile, air conditioning, and ever higher standards of living are irresponsibly promoted around the world as the burning of diminishing supplies of fossil fuels adds ever more carbon dioxide and particulates to the atmosphere. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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...We are now living in an environment that is ever more rapidly going out of balance, but we have no natural mechanism that adequately alarms us to this and the dangers it entails.  Individuals pursuing short-term goals, often involving money or power, have an easier time achieving them that people with long-term goals.  This puts them into a better position to move forward, and this tends to perpetuate itself and build up.
     The factors above may well explain why few people show much interest in the future further than the next two, five, or maybe ten or twenty years.  Science fiction has its enthusiasts, but has little to do what reality.  Some people have longer-term interests in aspects of the future such as in medicine, aviation, communications, weaponry, education, or their retirement for example, and as it relates to their profession.  However, only a few have more than a cursory interest in the whole, such as what our lives and our planet will be like in twenty or fifty years from now.  This lack of interest and concern leaves our planet and future generations with few protectors in this dangers times..
     While we often plan for the very near future, even governments and organizations generally ignore what might happen more than five years ahead. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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Some of our interest today are directed to the well-being of ourselves and our families, however a larger number of them now have nothing or little to do with the survival of ourselves or our species.  Our attention today is consumed by huge amounts of information about sports, entertainment, and trivia, and information about products provided to us by constant advertising.  Few of us show real interest in things affect the future of our environment. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from Book; ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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"Unprecedented Crime" is an important book for many reasons, but most of all for driving home the point of the title, that the governments and fossil fuel corporations are guilty of major crimes for knowingly destroying our climate. And not simply major crimes, but "unprecedented" crimes, which will make the genocides and holocausts of the past century seem minor by comparison. Our society spends an enormous amount of time, energy, and money to deal with crimes of various types, such as the potential crimes studied by the Mueller Investigation, and rightly so. But however serious these crimes turn out to be, they will not compare with the seriousness of the crimes against the climate - which means, crimes against us, our children, our grandchildren, and eventually the human race and life in general. And yet there have been no comparable investigations of the major climate criminals - such as the CEOs of ExxonMobil, which did more than any other corporation to promote climate denial, even though ExxonMobil's scientists had warned the front office decades ago about what the continued burning of petroleum and natural gas would do to the climate. Equally responsible are the bosses of the major media corporations, which have hidden the seriousness of global warming from the general public.

"Unprecedented Crime" is one of the most important books you will ever read. - David R. Griffin

 

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Dr. Peter Carter (Author), Elizabeth Woodworth (Author), Dr. James E. Hansen (Foreword)

 

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Planet Earth Gets a Ground Game

 

In a crowded field, no issue more spectacularly illustrates the failures of our political system than climate change. We are hurtling toward catastrophes that threaten the very existence of humankind, yet the matter is almost totally absent from political discourse. Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address didn’t mention it. Neither did the official Democratic response. There are no fights being waged on climate policy in Congress; no government shutdowns based on it; no think pieces wondering whether Democrats should emphasize the environment over identity politics.

 

The reason for this is depressingly simple: polls show that the environment is a very low priority for most voters. And persuading them to care more is devilishly hard. Climate change is finely calibrated to thwart human psychology: the worst consequences—biblical flooding, widespread heat death, famine, unbreathable air—won’t be felt for decades, but avoiding them requires taking radical, society-altering actions right now. A stream of ever-more harrowing reports from scientists and journalists doesn’t seem to have jolted Americans out of their complacency, and we’re running out of time.

 

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That may seem like yet another depressing data point. But to Stinnett, himself an environmentalist, it was actually great news, because it’s a lot easier to get someone to vote than to make them care about an Antarctic ice shelf. And it gave him an idea. If there were all these registered voters out there who already prioritized the environment, and simply weren’t voting, then the problem wasn’t really about persuasion; it was about turnout. The size of the gap between the two polls suggested that a potentially huge number of environmental voters, perhaps millions, were routinely sitting out elections. If he could find these people and get them to vote, Stinnett reasoned, they would start getting picked up in models of likely voters in future elections. The environment would climb higher in those likely-voter issue priority polls. Climb high enough, and politicians would start feeling that they can’t win without catering to environmentalists.

 

 At the time, Stinnett and his wife were expecting their first child, and thinking hard about what kind of world she would grow up in. So Stinnett spent the next two years laying the groundwork for an organization that would take on the environmental turnout problem. In October 2015, he launched a nonprofit, the Environmental Voter Project (EVP). Traditional environmental activism includes turnout, but it centers around advocacy: coordinating rallies, lobbying elected officials, endorsing candidates, and the like. Stinnett wouldn’t bother with any of that. His organization would have exactly one objective: push environmentalists into the electorate, and trust politicians to respond in their own rational self-interest.

 

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Electorally speaking, there are three main types of people in America: those who aren’t registered to vote; those who are registered and vote regularly; and those who are registered but don’t vote. The political process pays a good deal of attention to the first group—liberal and nonpartisan organizations spend millions of dollars every election cycle on voter registration drives and on lobbying to make registration easier. And both parties obsess over the second group, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on persuasion, messaging, and opinion research.

 

But the third group—the registered nonvoter—is largely ignored. Turnout is overwhelmingly the province of campaigns, and unless your campaign is especially well funded, contacting someone who is unlikely to vote is a risky use of limited resources.

 

“I’m not going talk to someone who occasionally votes,” says Dane Strother, a Democratic communication strategist, summarizing the attitude of a typical campaign. “I don’t have the time or the money. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice, and if you don’t have a voice, then we don’t care.”

 

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- Gilad Edelman, washingtonmonthly.com

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You can tell how serious climate change is by looking at the actions of groups that do not have the luxury of ignoring the gravity of the situation.  The United States Department of Defense makes its position clear in a policy statement published in 2014.  The document begins:


“Among the future trends that will impact our national security is climate change.  Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict.  They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.  In our defense strategy, we refer to climate change as a “threat multiplier” because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today—from infectious disease to terrorism.  We are already beginning to see some of these impacts.”

 

These are not the words of a left-wing pundit.  These is the U.S. military talking.  They are getting ready for serious troubles ahead.  Our house is going to have to be put on stilts, and we’re going to have to secure new supplies of food and drinkable water, and the means to get them to everyone inside.  The military is not alone.  Insurance companies are talking climate change seriously.  Agriculture businesses are talking it seriously.  We all will take it seriously, sooner or later.  Here’s hoping for sooner. - Bill Nye

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Saving the planet

Increased awareness of these fundamental trends (depletion of different resources) has resulted in attempts to find solutions.  Some of these have had a positive impact, although they have been rendered more difficult to realize because of advocacy for the status quo from vested interests, political short-termism, and the corruption that diverts essential resources from environmental and development programmes.  The need to find ways to overcome these barriers in order to reconcile the connected social, economic, and environmental trends become more pressing each day.  Fortunately, there is a rich body of data, analysis, and examples to show what can be done going forward.  Drawing upon this in order to lay foundations fit for the future will not be easy, but for everyone wishing to play a part in achieving positive and sustainable outcomes in the years ahead, understanding the full range of trends and developments is a vital starting point.  - Dr. Tony Juniper

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Projected Climate Change

Projections of future climate conditions are based on results from climate models—sophisticated computer programs that simulate the behavior of the Earth’s climate system.  These climate models are used to project how the climate system is expected to change under different possible scenarios.  These scenarios describe future changes in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, land use, other human influences on climate, and natural factors.  The most recent set of coordinated climate model simulations use a set of scenarios called Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), which describe four possible trajectories in greenhouse gas concentrations, and the resulting amount of future climate change, will largely be determined by choices society makes about emissions. - US Global Change Research Program

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     In the past we did not need to be aware of processes such as the carbon cycle, which is essential for all life on the planet.  It was self-regulating and affected little by human activity.  But today, we are changing its workings in dangerous ways by burning fossil fuels and reducing the earth’s vegetation.  It has taken us a long time to learn that we are also seriously reducing the number of species of both animals and plants on the planet.  We do not feel our planet changing, and our responses to what is happening are halfhearted because we do not yet feel the consequences.
     We are now living in an environment that is ever more rapidly going out of balance, but we have no natural mechanism that adequately alarms us about the dangers this entails.  Our mental images of reality omit much of the data we need in order to understand this situation and deal with it safely.  - Peter Seidel

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Human-induced climate change was first identified in 1800 and again in 1831 by the same scientist, Alexander von Humboldt

Though little known and studied today,  Alexander von Humboldt (b. September 14, 1769) was a legend in his lifetime, and remains one of the most important scientists in history.  More places and species are named after Humboldt than after any other human being.  […]  As people around the world become more aware of how vulnerable living systems are to global warming, Humboldt’s insights and writings seem more than prescient.  He is the first person to describe the phenomenon and cause of human-induced climate change, in 1800 and again in 1831, based on observations generated during his travels.

     Humboldt was searching for the “connections which linked all phenomena and all forces of nature.”  Russia was the final chapter in his understanding of nature—he consolidated, confirmed, and set into relation all the data he had collected over the past decades.  Comparison not discovery was his guiding theme.  Later, when he published the results of the Russian expedition in two books, Humboldt wrote about the destruction of forests and of humankind's long-term changes to the environment.  When he list the three ways in which the human species was affecting the climate, he named deforestation, ruthless irrigation, and, perhaps  most prophetically, the “great masses of steam and gas” produced in the industrial centers.  No one but Humboldt had looked at the relationship between humankind and nature like this before. - DRAWDOWN – THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING – EDITED BY PAUL HAWKEN

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In the past, people did not need to be aware of slow change such as increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  Today it is essential that we notice the changes we are inflicting on our planet that will have significant impact on it over the years ahead.  Life a frog in a pot of slowly heating water, unaware of the danger it is in until it is too late, few people notice the accumulating consequences of what we are doing.  Often, because it makes us feel good, it is we who turn up the heat.  We like what we do despite the damage we do not notice, so we keep doing it.  We want more automobiles, fast food, and disposables.  We like things as they are, with of course the constant introduction of still more “improvements”--which means still more consumption and waste with the consequences that accompany them.   with it safely.  - Peter Seidel

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[The quality of] interactions between humans and the world around us can first be understood to depend on the subjective qualities of the person. It is through our various interactions with the world that we develop in a fully balanced manner. That being the case, the world around us, nature in particular, can truly be our enlightener, our guide, our consoler. Forging a variety of interactions with nature is essential in enabling us to meet and deal with the limitless vicissitudes of life. Our happiness in life can indeed be said to be proportional to the extent and intimacy of our interaction with nature. -  Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944), excerpt from 2005 Peace Proposal, Toward a New Era of Dialogue: Humanism Explored, by Daisaku Ikeda, January 26, 2005  (may 28th created a quoted image, but consider blogging in the future)

 

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Where we put our attention
     A serious problem with many people today is that when they hear about climate change, or a prolonged drought in a distant country, they simply are not moved by such information.  Our relative indifference to the environment beyond our immediate surrounds lies deep within us.  The human brain evolved to commit itself emotionally to only a small piece of geography, and a limited band of kinsmen.  Evolution shaped us to value what is close to us in time and space.  That was essential for hunter-gatherers, as it could affect them and they could affect it.  Edward O. Wilson put it this way.  “For hundreds of millennia those who focused on short-term gains within a small circle of relatives and friends lived longer and left more offspring—even when their collective string caused their chiefdoms and empires to crumble around them.  The long view that might have saved their distant descendants required a vision and extended altruism instinctively difficult to marshal.”¹² Today our actions affect, and we are affected by, things thousands of miles away from us and far into the future, however they interest most of us little.
     Our visual sense of perspective makes an object that is far from us appear smaller than it would appear if it were close.  An automobile bearing down on me is very real and needs my attention, where as one that is two miles away does not.  Nevertheless, the intensity of our perception of something is not necessarily in direct proportion to the importance of the thing itself. This kind of thinking is far more serious when applied to catastrophes like climate change that are certain to happen in the not too distant future.
     We now live in a milieu where our feelings about an event can be totally unrelated to its importance or to our actual involvement with it.  Many of us are unmoved or even pleased when the U.S. government cuts foreign aid that among other things has been used to feed malnourished children.  A story can touch us where facts cannot.  We are much more moved when a cute pet dog is hit by a car in a TV drama than when an announcer tells us that 15,000 children are facing starvation in another part of the world.  This, of course, is normal human behavior—the pet dog, real or fictional, appears near or real to us; children in faraway places do not.  We can be very moved by the unimportant things that are right around us right now, and hardly moved at all by huge things such as what’s happening to our planet over time.  From what I see observing those around me, in their minds the rest of the people on the planet don’t exist.  This kind of thinking is getting us into deep trouble in an interconnect, overpopulated, unsustainable world, where things that we are doing every day may affect all us profoundly before long.  The state of the economy appears more important to us than issues involving global survival, which we cannot feel.  Today, we must often make decisions about such situations—without having the mental equipment to evaluate their true importance to us. - Peter Seidel, Excerpt from his book ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’

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(Tip 8 of 10)

Walk. This is the perfect way to help the environment!  Instead of taking your car to run errands or go to a friend’s house, walk there instead.  You’ll enjoy the sunshine and help reduce your carbon footprint since you’re not using a car.  And hey, you’ll get some exercise too! - Michelle Neff, excerpt from her book ‘SIMPLE ACTS TO Save Our Planet - 500 WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE’

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If you like to worry about things—and most people do—you are living at a great time.  Climate change is coming, and it is coming right at you.  Regardless of where you are on Earth, you will live to see your life or the lives of your kids and their friends change due to the overall warming of the planet.   Whether or not those changes are manageable are up to us.  It is up to anyone who is able to think about what kind of future we want.   It is up to you and me. 
     I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “Earth is our home.”  You may even use the expression yourself.  But here is another thought, equally undeniable and even more important.  Earth is not just our home, it is also our house.  It’s our residence, and we are the owners.  We are not rents passing through.  We are not tenants who can complain to the landlord and eventually move on to live somewhere else.  We live here—on this 7,900-mile-wide (13,000-km) ball of rack, water, and air—and we are responsible for its upkeep.  Right now, we are doing a pretty bad job as caretakers.  We don’t seem to be paying anywhere near enough attention to the deteriorating conditions of our home. 
     Now that you’re worrying even a little more than a moment ago, I hope, I’m going to ask you to stop, or at least to move past it.  Worry is not going to save us.  Neither, by the way, is shooting the messenger (someone like me).  I’m asking you to get informed and help fight change with change:   change in the way we produce, move, store, and use energy.  We can become a great generation that leaves our world—our home—in better shape than it is now while raising the quality of life for people everywhere.  This will not be easy.  We’re already loaded the atmosphere with enough heat-trapping gases of various kinds to cause our planet to keep warming for many, many years to come.  But the situation is far from hopeless. - Bill Nye, excerpt from book:  ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ HARNESSING SCIENCE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

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The plant’s biosphere we interact with is an integrated whole whose parts work together to maintain the milieu we live in.  This life-sustaining environment and its support systems, such as the carbon cycle, which circulates carbon between living matter and the atmosphere, are kept in balance by two things.  One is called ecology, and the other is what James Lovelock calls “Gaia.”  Ecology maintains population balance between the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the earth.  Gaia, by interactions between life forms, and the inert materials of our planet helps maintain the conditions (atmospheric composition, temperature, air pressure, humidity, etc.), in which life can thrive.  If Gaia did not keep levels of atmospheric oxygen lower than twenty-one percent, animals could not burn enough food energy to function properly.  If the oxygen content were higher, vegetation would burst into flames.  Small amounts of ammonia in the atmosphere neutralize sulfuric and nitric acids there , which would kill vegetation if they fell to the earth dissolved in raindrops.  If our planet’s atmospheric pressure dropped significantly we would explode.
     Things are not only connected with each other in the present, but to things in the past and future as well.  To truly understand the way things are and what is happening we have to understand our history and evolutionary past.  Sadly, as links in a chain and beneficiaries of our past and present, we show little concern for those who will follow.
     Some of the failures to see connections are obvious, yet we ignore them.  Continuous population increase and economic growth on a finite planet is impossible.  Nevertheless questioning unending economic growth is taboo.  Even many environmentalists won’t do that.  Malaria is a dangerous and debilitating disease; however, controlling it without addressing population growth is creating terrible conditions in Africa.  Prohibiting the distribution of means for birth control as some nations and organizations insist on doing makes no sense, but they keep at it.
     We have trouble recalling, connecting, and utilizing information, significant as it might be, that is not clearly related to a particular situation.  Should they think about it, most economists, politicians, and business people would know that neither our nation’s population nor its economy can grow indefinitely.  Yet when these things fail to grow, they register alarm.  While they are understandably concerned about the problems that accompany a stagnant economy, they totally ignore the consequences of perpetual expansion.  It does not occur to them that many current problems are the inevitable result of past “successful” growth.  We may value how much a person knows, but usually show little concern for their ability to make any but the most obvious connections.  People who know a lot about a particular subject and can present themselves well often gain responsible positions in society—even though they show no interest in important relationships between things.  This is serious when these people make far-reaching decisions that affect the future.  Peter Seidel, Excerpt from book – ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’


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Economists often cast themselves as the rational arbiters in the middle of the debate.  Our air is worse now that it was during the Stone Age, but life expectancy is a lot higher, too.  Sea levels are rising, threatening  hundreds of millions of lives and livelihoods, but societies have moved cities before.  Getting off fossil fuels will be tough, but human ingenuity—technological change—will surely save the day once again.  Life will be difference, but who’s to say it will be worse?  Markets have given us longer lives and untold riches.  Let properly guided market forces do their magic.
            There’s a lot to be said for that logic.  But the operative worse are “properly guided.”  What precisely are the costs of unabated climate change?  What’s known, what’s unknown, what’s unknowable?  And where does what we don’t know lead us?
            “Bad” or “worse” doesn’t mean hopeless.  - Gernot Wagner & Marin L. Weitzman, Excerpt from Book; CLIMATE SHOCK – THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF A HOTTER PLANET

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Every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change.  Increased exposure to multiple health threats, together with changes in sensitivity and the ability to adapt to those threats, increases a person’s vulnerability to climate-related health effects.  The impacts of climate change on human health interact with underlying health, demographic, and socioeconomic factors.  Through the combined influence of these factors, climate change exacerbates some existing health threats and creates new public health challenges.  While all Americans are at risk, some populations are disproportionately vulnerable, including those with low income, some communities of color, immigrant groups (including those with limited English proficiency), Indigenous peoples, children and pregnant women, older adults, vulnerable occupational groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with preexisting or chronic medical conditions.  - US Global Change Research Program, Excerpt from book:  THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON HUMAN HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES 

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Last November, the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security issued a report, warning: "Current levels of adaptation and mitigation efforts are insufficient to avoid negative impacts from climate stressors." [45] Clearly, a new and more effective approach is an urgent priority.
            Here, I would like to propose the establishment of regional cooperative mechanisms to reduce damage from extreme weather and disasters, strengthening resilience in regions such as Asia and Africa. These would function alongside global measures developed under the UNFCCC.
            There are three aspects to the response to extreme weather events and other disasters: disaster preparedness, disaster relief and post-disaster recovery. It is not uncommon for relief assistance to be provided by other countries, but international cooperation in the other two areas still tends to be the exception. Even when there has been abundant emergency relief assistance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, it remains extremely difficult for a country to recover post-disaster and strengthen preparedness relying only on its own resources. Establishing a mechanism for mutual assistance based on lessons learned from shared experiences is therefore an urgent priority.  - Daisaku Ikeda, Excerpt from the 2014 peace proposal “Value Creation for Global Change:  Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies”

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