Our existing endeavors do little more than rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic. The net effect of our mitigation efforts has been less than zero—as the global pace of environmental degradation and CO2 emissions increases annually. Against this backdrop, I have launched World Initiative. It is a long shot, but it also might be a real shot to change our trajectory and pull our world away from the ecological brink.
This initiative has two phases. The first is a yearlong intensive program for young adults, ages 17 thru 18, training them to become global leaders expressly primed to tackle the planetary issues that plague our world. Augmenting this program are guest speakers: some of the most eminent professors and experts from around the world. Among other things, the young adults will undergo rigorous study of all pertinent aspects of the crisis—from international policy to energy generation to water shortages.
During the second phase, the young adults will break up to task teams and develop an array of technological, logistical, economic, and political mitigation measures. Concurrently, they will reach out and enlist numerous NGOs, experts, and the public at large to flesh out those measures and have those task teams morph into becoming the seeds of a worldwide change.
Good luck to all of us.
Climatologist Michael Mann said of the speech, “It is the most aggressive and promising climate plan to come out of the executive branch in years.” Now, that is a sad statement.
Today, June 25th, Obama gave a speech in Georgetown University, laying out his collection of new policy measures and directives in regards to climate change. They are as follows: capping carbon emissions from power plant; the approval of the Keystone Pipeline System is to be contingent on it not significantly increasing the Greenhouse Effect; increasing the production of natural gas; ending tax breaks for big oil and allocating those funds to companies engaging in electricity production from renewables; ending the public financing for new coal plants overseas—unless they deploy carbon capture technologies, or there is no other viable way to generate electricity.
In addition, Obama declared that the federal government will consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources within the next seven years. In that spirit, the Department of Defense will install three gigawatts worth of renewable power on its bases. Finally, the government would generate permits for renewable energy projects on public lands, enough to power more than 6 million homes by 2020.
Whether this collection of measures will cut the global annual Greenhouse gas emissions by 1% or 2% is moot. Whether this collection of measures will postpone the climate crisis by a few months or a few years is moot. (And there is no certainty about either). The main thing is that we will get to add to our generation’s tombstone the words: “but…we tried.”
No one, least of all Obama, think that something fundamental is going to change out of those measures. The train is hurtling downhill. Hence, He followed his litany of measures with a warning that we need to get prepared and brace ourselves.
Pity our leaders don’t have the balls, vision, and genuine power of leadership to set in place measures that will see us averting the impending calamity.
I have decided to write a lite version of The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse. Its working title is The Plan: Averting Global Collapse. This book will be a thoroughly updated version that will distill the former book to its essence, skipping many of the tables and calculations–all designed to make it more easy reading.
Tentatively, I plan to have it completed before the end of the summer.
These months, I have been hard at work on my new book. And, in truth, until it is completed I am unlikely to make many public statements or blog entries. So until then…
My name is Daniel Rirdan and I am the one who initiated Get Real. I want to share with you where things stand with it.
At some stage, I had to ask myself if I really means what I wrote in the book.
Just got posted. Five authors, myself included, debate climate change implications, post-oil world, and the future in general in three 10 minute videos on YouTube–Richard Heinberg, James Howard Kunstler, Jorgen Randers, Daniel Rirdan, Ozzie Zehner.
Earth is owned by no one and is home to all. In accordance, everyone ought to have unrestricted rights of passage, residence, and work throughout the planet.
The boundless panorama of the American Great Plains teemed with life. Camels treaded along the Missouri River and giant ground-sloth ambled about, towering over some of the widely dispersed trees of the prairie. Out in the vast open territories, herds of horses grazed the tall grass along with herds of pronghorns, mammoths, and bison. Packs of scimitar cats and majestic American lions closely trailed the grazing masses. Titanic condor-like birds flew under the big blue sky.
About 10,000 years ago, as the most recent spring era gave way to the long summer to come, most of these massive animals were dead.
Our ability to steer away from the ecological brink is questioned. Underlying this skepticism is the believe that our species is a real scum, as someone wrote.
We could be. It is all a matter of the social frameworks we operate under.