Climate Manifesto Calamities of our climate destabilization continue to worsen, disturbing us greatly.
We might embrace the monster and accept a colossal loss of faith in future stability. As we gradually comprehend the enormity of changes coming, the new pains command our attention. We are now ready to act. Now we carefully regard predictions of impacts to come – the risks described in dire scenarios. Inexorably, transformation comes to our physical world, to culture, to our civilization.
Unlike any other time in human history, our future is loaded with risk and chaos. Our window of influence is shrinking. But much is possible.
The laws of physics, atmospheric chemistry and thermodynamics dictate the changes to come. Our task is to know what is possible, what is impossible, and what is inevitable.
We might be able to hold warming to an average of 2 – 6 degrees and keep sea level rise below eye level. And maybe accomplish this before our grandchildren come into the world. Climate science says we can influence much now – and influence so much less if we delay further.
Now our task is to learn what is politically possible, and reach for what is economically feasible, always with a careful eye to climate science.
The laws of physics, atmospheric chemistry and thermodynamics dictate the changes to come. Human-authored laws and legislative compromises mean little when managing for multigenerational life-support.
By our actions we choose to adapt or to die. We don't like the options. We know what to do to stop warming our world: immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% Furthermore, long term survival requires us to sequester CO2 and discover new ways to deploy clean energy. Prof. Susan Solomon on Surviving the Future
We know of two solutions that will help our future: halt carbon emissions and control human population. Avoiding either problem means a chaotic end to civilization.
We're in an existential showdown with physical reality and our delay, denial and inaction puts us on the losing side. Having made the temporary choice of carbon-combustion-without-consequences, we are now gradually losing our grip and the dazzling benefits of easy carbon are starting to drift away. The banquet is concluding, the waiter is presenting the bill.
As with any unfolding traumatic event, survival requires a calm, ruthless evaluation. We presume we will decide to struggle to survive, but it is possible that after decades of unconscious training we may passively indulge the moment.
When we decide to fight for multigenerational survival then, as Bill Nye says, "We have to do everything, all at once."
Humans must unite in fierce obedience to the dictates of physical laws. We are adapting to a changing world; acting to mitigate further risk. We need only discover and obey rules. It may not be too late. There is no reason we cannot prevail.
"Land o'Plenty" by Naomi McCavitt
original oil 24" x 24" copyright 2013
Every act should enhance life support.
Discover the science, review climate models and constantly re-define the situation
Regularly re-evaluate and fiercely re-examine the situation.
Choose a goal: to merely live out days or multigenerational survival
Then act with certainty, act with political unity.
Make huge, bold changes
The greater the problem, the stronger the reaction.
Our tasks are greater than anything ever accomplished. We must globally reform and reestablish society, governments, commerce, and human interaction .
Apply the laws of science to all public policy There is no room for irrational thinking, no time for magical ideology.
Bypass obstacles or render them inconsequential Stay on track for the one goal - survival.
Diagnose Act fast to discover the extent of change necessary. Science is non-negotiable..
Mitigate Immediately halt emissions of greenhouse gasses and begin to sequester carbon dioxide.
Adapt Proactive adaptation is wise. Reactive adaptation is panic.
Repeat Change means we respect the process of learning and grieving. Change fast; learn more and implement new information.
For Ourselves and Our Posterity:
-- Ruthless population control - Until population is controlled, no other problem can be managed. Aim for less than Zero Population Growth. Tax incentives for the childless family, tax penalties for multiples births.
-- Total commitment globally Anything less than full devotion assures failure to all. Politics should not obstruct human life.
-- Discover the rules of science and be mindful, careful, purposeful and ethical actions. Ethical lapses and misbehavior triggers exponential harm. Willful blindness, deliberate ignorance or anti-science are criminal acts that harm us all.
-- End Zero Sum Capitalism All commerce and finance must be mutually beneficial to all parties now and into the future.
Immediate transitional change:
-- Lessen the shock of disruptive change by using carbon energy only for the purpose of establishing clean, renewable energy systems. All other carbon energy shall be heavily taxed.
Halt misuse of carbon immediately:
-- Carbon CZAR with full command and control. Our first allegiance is to global survival for as many humans as possible.
-- Halt carbon emissions into the atmosphere or ocean. Cease combustion of all carbon fuels, gas, coal, and oil.
-- Curtailing carbon fuel combustion. Carbon energy companies are fully liable and should be shutdown, nationalized, socialized or regulated as needed. These should include transportation, utilities and certainly all oil and coal companies. Clean energy ventures should have no restrictions.
-- Halt deforestation - Start reforestation Nearly a third of carbon emissions come from deforestation. Forests restore healthy atmosphere.
-- Stop meat Meat is water and energy intensive, unwise, falsely priced and illegally subsidized. It should be heavily taxed. .
To move change, unwise behavior should be forbidden or must be heavily taxed.
-- None or low air conditioning Consider taxing in efficient air conditioning.
-- Optimize Transportation Ride share, transit, alternative transportation.
-- Air Travel curtailed Airline flight only over oceans. Heavily tax all airline flights.
-- Full liability to carbon fuel companies Human future requires a justice system that represents a human future, not corporate.
Politics and Economics
-- True Accounting - The real cost of carbon energy must include future impacts. Just as the cost of nuclear energy must include the cost of 100,000 years of waste containment. By dirty pollution, Coal is the most costly energy.
-- Corporate charter reform Redefine the state corporate charter to include healthy goals of responsible citizenship and dedicated future. Include full legal liability to any company or individual for direct damages and deliberate misinformation.
-- Tax unwise behavior Taxing carbon levels of all manufactured goods - from incandescent bulbs to autos - will effect great change. All forms of carbon energy should see a progressive tax applied per unit / per year.
-- Halt high carbon commuting Tax single car commuting, a low mileage car should be taxed more heavily. The true cost of the carbon combustion vehicle is much higher than projected.
-- International carbon regulation Any earth derived carbon should be restricted or taxed. Set tariffs on carbon manufacturing, no matter where the product originated.
-- Forget carbon offsets completely. These artificial financial constructs are counterproductive to effecting systemic change and the elimination of carbon energy systems. .
-- Physical laws are non-negotiable. Humans will compromise, science does not. Bargaining with reality is a waste of time and energy. Life is filled with lessons. Lessons not learned will be repeated.
-- At species end, each individual - exhausted as final parent or last orphan - now chooses to redefine and begin anew. Survivability precedes sustainability. How will we change ourselves in order to survive? Are we still Homo Sapiens?
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