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Jun 23, 2008

A politically plausible scenario we can envisage


http://www.marklynas.org/2008/6/13/climate-chaos-is-inevitable-we-can-only-avert-oblivion

 

This is my reply to Mark Lynas's blog (link above)

Thanks for an urgent alert. It sure looks gloomy. But there's still some hope; I'm able to share that there are indeed some politically plausible scenarios we could take as our road-maps, and foremost among them is Plan B 3.0 - Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown from Earth Policy Institute www.earthpolicy.org

The Plan B-scenario, in which we mobilize our resources, mental and material, at next to war-time speed, is more likely than even ”step change” to keep the warming at its lowest (we'd better envisage steep change, shouldn't we!) ...

Lester R. Brown, too, envisages that Kyoto-rounds are far too slow. He says that we, among other things to save civilization, must cut emissions 80% by 2020. Relying on heaps of profound research Brown shows that the whole comprehensive plan is doable with the help of existing and successfully tried technologies, and at a cost that is equal to just a sixth of the world's military budgets. In other words, it's a technologically and economically viable plan for a new economy, based on renewable energy, responding to all major threats humanity and the planet now faces , from a nestor among environmentalists.

How to make it politically plausible? Surely there will be denial, opposition, obstacles, you name it – there always has been, when real progress was due, can't be helped when ”the times they are a-changin'.”

How to make it politically plausible among people who long to give a helping hand? That's a much more fruitful question. A matter of awareness, of consciousness-raising... it too is doable, given we - the already environmentally conscious and climate-aware - not only have the Internet, but also have achieved to get main-stream media attention, very much thanks to writers like yourself. Grassroots and decision-makers at the top of society alike, can be made aware of the things we are able to do, and must do, and eventually of our wide-spread insights into what's factually possible if not actively hindered; and so the agree-and-ignore-types can't deceive us with their ”There's nothing to be done!”.

Plan B is a road-map of hope. Let's keep doing what must be done and let's keep a keen eye on any favourable synergy effects that might well be under way.

 

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Posted: Jun 23, 2008 2:12am

 

 
 
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