12 Jun Why Climate Healing is the Largest Engineering Project in the History of Humanity
“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come” – Victor Hugo.
Dear Climate Healer,
As a systems engineer and a member of the first generation to largely admit that humans are heating the climate of the planet, I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility for reversing this heating and maintaining the climate in a stable state. Any project involving a large number of people trying to achieve a common, measurable objective is, by definition, an engineering project. Any engineering project requires solid systems engineering to inform its proposed implementation steps so that we can monitor our progress towards meeting objectives.
Physics tells us that every molecule we put into the atmosphere either heats the climate or cools the climate based on its absorption spectrum. Humans have been putting a whole lot of molecules into the atmosphere every year, including about 40 trillion kilograms of carbon dioxide, mainly from fossil fuel burning (the Burning Machine) and 400 billion kilograms of methane, mainly from animal agriculture (the Killing Machine). These are the main molecular catalysts that modulate the increase or decrease in the water vapor in the atmosphere, which is the primary greenhouse gas that heats the climate.
As such, Climate Healing is the largest and greatest engineering project in the history of humanity. While the Apollo mission involved one million engineers at its peak in the 1960s, Climate Healing involves 8 billion engineers today and growing. As an inhabitant of planet earth, you are a team member on this project whether you like it or not, since your daily actions and the choices you make impact the earth’s climate positively or negatively.
The Climate Bathtub problem is a simple systems engineering analogy that shows how the Killing Machine and the Burning Machine that our global industrial civilization has unleashed are causing the earth’s climate to heat up at the moment. In the problem, you are asked to save the baby and drain the bathtub without overflowing the Vegan reforestation underground water tank. Any solution to this problem would show that we need to shut down the Killing machine as quickly as possible if we wish to save the baby in the bathtub and thereby leave a thriving planet for our children and grandchildren.
The shutdown of the Killing Machine is already happening as Smithfield Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of WH Group in China, announced the closure of its pig slaughterhouse, Farmer John’s in Los Angeles, along with plans to end all of its operations in California and Arizona. Good riddance, indeed! As a generation, when we shut down the Killing Machine for good within the next few years, we will have caused the greatest transformation in human history to occur.
How lucky are we that we get to engineer such a profound transformation and see it through to completion? I’m truly grateful to be alive and kicking at this critical juncture in human history on this planet.
I trust you are as well. Let’s make this greatest transformation in human history happen sooner rather than later.
Heal the planet.
It’s that simple.
All the best,
Sailesh Rao on behalf of Vega, Cow and Climate Healer and the Climate Healers team.