Capitalism vs. the Climate., Climate change, Earth, The Future of Mankind, Visions of the future., World aid commission
( A FIFTEEN MINUTE READ)
Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control.
The script for tomorrow is not yet written but we all know the rhetoric, around climate change, is it real, is it a legitimate threat.
We know that climate change is expected to impact the growing of stable foods. (The world storage of grains is about 60 days, a city about a week.
We know that sea levels will rise. That the increased ocean acidification will cause many sea species to go extinct.
We know that it will trigger other problems – famines, pandemics, wars.
We know that in terms of what is needed will take 20 to 30 years to implement.
We know that the atmosphere is a global common.
We know that present-day air pollution kills about 7 million people around the world yearly. There are over 5 billion people already living in water-stressed areas.
We know that for organisms to evolve they need time.
We know that Co2 has a lifetime of tens of thousands of years. It will not disappear in 50th years.
We know that if we burn all the fossil fuel left in the world the planet will warm by 18c and our seas will rise by hundreds of feet.
We know that the chances of the world staying within the Paris Climate change prescription of 2 degrees Celsius is a joke unless we come up with negative emission which is impossible.
We know that money or the lack of it make our governments impotent when it comes to implementing any worthwhile policies changes.
We know that planting trees will not resolve the problem. The average person whether they be American/ European or live in other industrialized nations produce the equivalent of two elephants worth of co2 a year.
We know that it is not really a question anymore about whether climate change is occurring. It is not some kind of countdown.
We know that any logic of a nuclear war is clear.
We know that mass migration will lead to wars.
We know that it is up to this generation to decide if they want to have an organized planet or a world threatened by numerous threats that if not addressed will bring untold misery for us all.
We know that the demand for energy outweighs technology progress which alone will not save the planet from the effects of climate change.
We know that we are reaching critical environmental limits that are going to be unrecoverable.
We know because of self- interests we are unable to act as one.
The problem is how do we go about creating an Organisation that is outside political influences, national interests, with total transparent, that is self-financing, with powers that are worldwide binding.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE ONE PROBLEM THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THE PLANTED BEYOND RECOGNITION SOONER THAN LATER.
All the current technology, artificial intelligence, wars, inequality, charities, religions, cultures, the living and yet to be born will not stop the ability of Climate to make all our aspirations recede back beyond the big bang.
There will be little point existing on a planet of 8 billion, with or without Robotic Artifical intelligence if there is no food.
This is why it is now imperative that we establish:
A NEW DEDICATED WORLD ORGANISATION TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE SOLELY.
WORLD SUMMITS LIKE THE PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT ONLY PRODUCE PROMISES THAT ARE WORTHLESS. WITHOUT ANY CLOUT TO REWARD OR PENALIZE THE PROMISES ACHIEVE LITTLE OR ANYTHING BECAUSE OF NATIONAL INTERESTS.
How many international organizations are there?
80 UN institutions PLUS 265 International organizations (IOs)
(International organization, institution drawing membership from at least three countries having activities in several countries, and whose members are held together by a formal agreement.)
With all our present world organizations it is no wonder it’s no wonder with the many diverse functions of these Organisations that it is impossible to address any of our problems to achieve any common objectives.
Surely every country in the world would if compensated would Agree to abide.
To those that fully understand the science and the impact of rising global temperatures and appreciate that there is a new city of a million people every week.
I REFUSE TO ACCEPT OR SETTLE FOR A WORLD THAT GETS SMALLER IN THE WRONG SENSE.
AS ERNEST BECKER SAYS IN HIS BOOK THE DENIAL OF DEATH ” IT IS TIME THAT WE FROM THE DARK NIGHT OF TRIBALISM AND NATIONALISM AND DEVELOP A TRANS-MORAL CONSCIENCE AND ETHIC THAT IS UNIVERSAL RATHER THEN ETHNIC.”
WE MUST MAKE GREED AND PROFIT CONTRIBUTE TO OUR SUSTAINABILITY NOT JUST THE STOCK EXCHANGE.
THE BEADY EYE HAS IN THE PAST MADE SEVERAL SUGGESTIONS LIKE THAT WE CREATE A WORLD AID COMMISSION OF 0.05% TO BE APPLIED TO ALL PROFIT SEEKING TECHNOLOGY. ( SEE PREVIOUS POSTS)
HERE IS ANOTHER SUGGESTION:
While most of us might have some clue how to nurture a more positive image of the world for our kids it is almost impossible to do so for other cultures speaking a different language living on the other side of the world.
However, with climate change, it is now a dangerous naivete to be lead by capitalist greed – growth at any cost.
The context in which people grow up shapes how they see the world. Smartphones – v- inequality.
ITS TIME WE MADE CAPITALISM CONTRIBUTE TO REPAIRING THE DAMAGE IT HAS INFLICTED ON THE PLANET.
IT WON’T DO THIS ON ITS OWN.
IF OUR WORLD LEADING INTERNET COMPANIES LIKE E BAY, GOOGLE, AMAZON, FACEBOOK, NET FLICKS AND THEIR LIKE WERE TO OFFER WORLD SUSTAINABILITY SHARES AGAINST PURCHASES OR POSTINGS THEY MIGHT FORCE LARGE SUPERMARKET TO DO THE SAME RATHER THAN LOYALTY OR FIDELITY POINTS OF BUY ONE GET ONE FREE.
THE IDEA IS SIMPLE:
BUY SOMETHING ONLINE FOR 100 EUROS AND YOU ARE GIVEN A SUSTAINABLE SHARE BY THE VENDOR WHO LODGES ONE EURO TO THE WORLD AID FUND.
MAKE 100 GOOGLE SEARCHES AND YOU ARE CHARGED ONE EURO WHICH IS LODGED TO THE FUND.
MAKE 100 FACEBOOK POSTINGS YOU ARE CHARGED ONE EURO WHICH IS LODGED TO THE FUND.
MAKE 100 TWITTERS AND YOU ARE CHARGED EURO WHICH IS LODGED TO THE FUND.
THE FUND MUST BE TOTALLY TRANSPARENT DISTRIBUTING ITS FUNDS WORLDWIDE TO COUNTER OUR HABIT OF SELF-DESTRUCTION AND SELFISHNESS.
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks chucked in the bin.