We can release up to 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below
2°C of warming.
Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons
in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they're planning to
produce it all. -- Bill McKibben
Here's why climate change must be our primary concern:
Let me expand on the second point. In order to prevent the disaster of
climate change we must:
- It affects everybody, not just some group that various people
might have more or less concern for.
- To make a successful impact on climate change, we must address
all the other problems good people are working on.
That's right. Every serious problem inhibits fixing climate
change. So, all the things that interest various members of most any
group are part of this. We can work on those things separately or
together and support each other in the context of reversing climate
- Work at every level of government - local, state, federal,
- Reduce the power of giant corporations.
- Eliminate "personhood" for organizations.
- Stop building giant military organizations that consume resources,
waste productive power, and encourage war around the world.
- Make peace with our neighbors throughout the world (in the process
eliminating the cause of terrorism).
- Overcome the culture of fear driven national policy. (9/11, Taliban,
Al Qaeda, drugs, illegal immigrants, abortion, same sex marriage,
welfare moms, WMDs, Muslims, feminists, liberals, social security
bankruptcy, and on and on)
- Change our personal habits and priorities to be driven by the good
of the community and to work with one another in all areas so that
small groups of neighbors commonly get together to get things done.
- Take back the media from propaganda organizations that tell us our
problem is other people who have even less power than we do.
- Reduce the gap between rich and poor in this country and around the
world. This includes pay rate discrimination by race, gender, etc.
- Reduce the number of people in military, prison, unemployment -
redirect this significant resource.
- Eliminate poverty and starvation. - and, yes, we must have universal
health care to eliminate poverty.
- Stop off-shore drilling, hydrofracking, tar sands, coal mining,
- Invest in our infrastructure - light rails, monorails, busses, wind
power, solar power, ocean wave power, deep hole thermal power,
efficient homes and cars.
- Produce and consume locally instead of shipping things all around
- Learn to manage our global population growth - will occur naturally if
basic education and birth control are equally available to both genders.
- Reduce the preponderance of meat in our diet that uses about ten
times the resources of vegetable production and produces ten times
the environmental damage.
- Reorganize our cities and villages for shorter commutes including
switching to bicycles and walking.
- Stop destroying our forests and killing our oceans.
- Stop corruption in our governments including, graft, theft, buying
elections, cheating in vote counting, secrecy, spying, ignoring
constitutions, and violations of rights.
I say two things to those who think it's impossible:
Tell me what you are up to and what suggestions you have so we can work
- If we don't fix climate change, why bother with the rest?
- When the US entered World War II, it took a very short time to
completely reorganize our activities. Men left the work force to
go to war but we still increased productivity and in a year were
making thousands of jeeps, tanks, planes, boots, coats, portable
bridges, gas masks, radiotelephones, guns, and bombs. Yes, this
is a different goal, but those could be windmills, trains, solar
panels, transmission towers, bicycles, and electric cars.