Politics of the golden age

Stabilize the Climate

 
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"In the face of this truly historic, civilizational challenge -- a true threat to the human race -- I believe that each of us here has a purpose."

- Inder Comar

 

The Earth is warming far more than you probably realize. Humanity has already caused the Earth's temperature to rise more than 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial times. We are on track to warm the Earth as much as 3-6 degrees Celsius by 2100, if nothing is done.

The Paris Agreement requires countries on the Earth to reduce their carbon emissions to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally, to limit emissions to 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming.

But even 1.5 degrees or 2 degrees is potentially dangerous to human civilization. The last time the Earth was that hot, sea levels were 6 to 9 meters higher than they were today (9 meters is close to 30 feet, for our non-metric readers). A 30 feet sea rise will wipe out humanity's coastal cities, and possibly wipe out civilization entirely.

Carbon emissions must be halted, immediately. And the Earth's climate must immediately be stabilized at pre-industrial levels. 

Therefore, let the following be done:

First, countries must take all action to transition their economies from carbon energy to clean, renewable energy. This must happen immediately

Second, countries must enter into a new climate treaty that declares an agreed to level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: 280 ppm. Think of that number as the "civilization thermostat": higher and it gets too warm, lower and it gets too cold. Humanity should give itself until no later than 2050 to set the thermostat at 280 ppm and avoid catastrophic changes to the Earth.

Third, countries must commit to a speedy way of removing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. Stopping emissions is not enough: we have to now remove carbon to set the thermostat. Countries must develop technologies and environmental programs to do this -- this like rewilding, creating continental-scale commons, and new forms of technologies that liberate.

 

 

 

 
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