30 Jul Solving Climate Change is Conceptually Simple
Dear Climate Healers,
Solving climate change is conceptually simple. We can cool our planet and restore a stable climate by replenishing the forests and native ecosystems that were destroyed for animal agriculture. As I explain in this short video, the underlying facts show this to be true, while that truth is being obscured by the UN IPCC greenhouse gas accounting conventions.
Solving climate change begins with changing our intention from plundering the planet to healing the planet. If our intention is to continue plundering the planet, then the rhetoric on climate change will also getting increasingly heated up, even as global temperatures spike up. For instance, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutierrez just announced,
“Climate change is here, it is terrifying and it is just the beginning. The era of global warming has ended, the era of global boiling has arrived. The air is unbreathable, the heat is unbearable and the level of fossil fuel profits and climate inaction is unacceptable.”
Notice two things he did. Firstly, he declared the end of the “global warming” era and the arrival of the “global boiling” era, seemingly indicating that the warming of our planet has reached some irreversible, runaway condition.
Has it, really?
It’s true that we have most likely endured the hottest summer ever in the Northern Hemisphere in recorded history, with wildfires in Canada and Europe reaching apocalyptic proportions.
Melting Himalayan glaciers are threatening to flood 7 million people in Pakistan, causing widespread migration pressures.
Vast quantities of methane are bubbling up in the Arctic Ocean, in addition to the methane bubbling up in the Siberian permafrost.
I keep receiving emails asking if these events indicate that we have passed the point of no return on a stable climate.
A new scientific article pegged the end of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) between 2025 and 2095. If AMOC shuts down, Europe will paradoxically get much colder, even as the earth warms.
Notice how the lower end of the range estimate is just 2 years from now, while the upper end is 72 years from now!? There is such a vast gulf in this range estimate because nonlinear feedback systems are notoriously difficult to model.
Therefore, my response to these emails has always been and always will be, “I don’t know!” All I know is that we need to change our intention and change our game of money correspondingly in order to keep living.
In my professional opinion, it is not worthwhile to analyze how fast the nonlinear feedback loops in the climate system can run away and cause our near-term extinction, if we continue on our plundering spree, burning down 30 million acres of tropical forests each year for more dairy and meat production, bottom trawling the ocean even in so-called “marine protected” areas, while killing trillions of animals each year for our so-called “protein needs”.
It is much more worthwhile to work on reversing the key indicators of the planetary boundaries that are within our control – effective radiative forcing for climate change, nitrogen and phosphorus loading, chemical pollution, land use change, freshwater use, tropical deforestation and biodiversity loss. This requires us to shut down the Killing Machine as soon as possible and dial down the Burning Machine over time as the Climate Bathtub model indicates.
If the Arctic and permafrost methane release, glacier melts, wildfires, floods, extreme temperatures, etc. respond in the right direction when we shut down the Killing Machine and dial down the Burning Machine, then we can breathe a sigh of relief that we haven’t yet triggered these nonlinear feedback loops beyond the point of no return. Otherwise, we have to model each problem situation in a healing modality, not a plundering modality and deal with it as best we can.
Secondly, the UN Secretary General singled out the fossil fuel industry as the sector to blame for the heated climate. While this framing has been used to perpetuate our planetary plundering spree for the past three decades, it is not particularly helpful and likely even suicidal in the current circumstances. Due to the co-emitted sulfur dioxide when we burn fossil fuels, which cools the atmosphere, an abrupt shutdown of the Burning Machine will overheat the planet, possibly triggering Mr. Gutierrez’s “global boiling” phase in earnest.
At Climate Healers, we have used the tag line, “Transform Yourself; Transform our World,” placing personal transformation at the core of our solution to climate change. We have noted that the same is true at a species level: Homo Sapiens Sapiens must transform into “Homo Ahimsa” in order to solve climate change.
From our understanding, the science is clear that mere changes to how we harness energy, while continuing with “civilization as we know it,” is an inadequate response to the environmental predicaments we face.
Are recent events dire enough for the majority of people to recognize that this global industrial civilization is being painted into a corner by Mother Nature? If so, are we collectively desperate enough to contemplate lifestyle changes?
While solving climate change is conceptually simple, we could use a lot of help with the knotty details, especially since the UN IPCC has proven to be a captured body. Therefore, I’m calling on my fellow engineers to form a non-profit, Engineers for the Survival of Humanity, to be an independent body helping with the cross-disciplinary modeling and recommending solutions for society to adopt. I’ll be speaking on this issue during our upcoming Convergence, V-COP14 next weekend, Aug 5-6, and I welcome your engagement and input.
Thank you for your support.
HELP us every day to
Heal the planet.
It’s that simple.
Thanks again for being a superhero and joining our herd. Please forward this post to all your friends and let’s grow our MOOOvement together.
With much love,
Sailesh on behalf of the Climate Healers core team
(Akhil, Alison, Anne, BJ, Carl, Chip, Deborah, Debra, Dona, Gabriele, Giva, Ilse, Jamen, Jim, Kelly, Ken, Kimaya, Krish, Maggie, Marco, Paige, Pareen, Paul, Ray, Sailesh, Sarah, Shankar, Stacey, Suzanne, Tami and Vega, the Cow and Climate Healer).