Proclaiming CED (Climate Emergency Declaration) clearly recognises danger, that thinking in terms of any single issue, like where electricity comes from, is no more than a tactic, to divide, confuse and conquer, adopted by “the best government(s) that large scale corporations can afford”.
Emergency makes it clear that Earth has passed key tipping points and that incremental action i.e. gradual reduction of emissions from stationary energy alone, over several decades, is no longer a reasonable course of action. If we want a future for ourselves and our children, we need:
• zero emissions across all sectors ASAP (per set of plans, for 10 year transition, by Beyond Zero Emissions)
• drawdown of excess emissions from all previous human activities(per Tim Flannery’s ‘Atmosphere of Hope’ and Paul Hawken’s Drawdown)
• whatever else it takes to create cooling fast!
The degree of investment required for this to occur doesn’t gel with a business-as-usual or market-signals approach.
We need to legislate and mobilise resources the size of level of directed investment that occurred during WWII.
CED includes structured plans for engagement with government. National government in Australia now looks silly enough to put stand up comics out of business.
States are getting better but need all the encouragement they can get. CED is particularly convincing for Local Government, with successful adoption in USA already, as well as Australia.
Beyond organising, what can we actually do? Drawdown, by Paul Hawken, a Penguin book, shows that, for most of the initiatives, savings cover their own cost.
This book contains 100 ideas, large, medium and small, to get us to zero carbon living ASAP. The ideas need lots of people to get them started, all of them, simultaneously. It’s a huge job. Many hands needed. Failure is not an option.
Just one largest iceberg ever, calved from West Antarctic last year, is expected to raise sea level 1 to 4 metres.
Hurricane Sandy in New York was 14 metre storm surge. Arctic is recently 35degC warmer than long term average. Surrounding coastland has always been permafrost, now melting, major eruptions of methane.
These and many other critical numbers challenge IPCC reports. Climate science reports were restricted to before 2007, so politicians could write IPCC once upon a time stories, until just before promises were made in Paris in 2015. Neither stories nor promises now mean much at all.
Let’s not bother wasting time to list increasingly frequent and extreme weather events, with huge expense for reconstruction. Drawdown expenditures often more than pay for themselves.
Do yourself a favour, be forewarned and do something, by taking a look at cedamia.org
Bernie McComb, Cowes.