What We Can Do To Alternate Issues

Students yell and hold up signs at a rally for clean energy in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. California stands in "complete opposition" to a Trump administration plan to scrap a policy slashing climate-changing emissions from power plants, its top air official said Wednesday at a U.S. hearing in a state helping lead the fight against global warming. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

</div> </div> <p class="graf graf–p">The <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/">Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC)</a> recent <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/08/this-is-not-fine/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/08/this-is-not-fine/">alarming report</a> silences the <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial">pseudo-scientific idiots who for years have denied the evidence</a> and put humanity <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45775309" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45775309">on track to catastrophe</a>: we must change or face extinction. It’s like <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-planet-is-on-a-fast-path-to-destruction-the-media-must-cover-this-like-its-the-only-story-that-matters/2018/10/08/f806a7f0-caea-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html?utm_term=.0db67ce91030" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-planet-is-on-a-fast-path-to-destruction-the-media-must-cover-this-like-its-the-only-story-that-matters/2018/10/08/f806a7f0-caea-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html?utm_term=.0db67ce91030">there’s a fire alarm ringing in the kitchen, and we’re asking if it’s real or a dream, if we should ignore it or whether we should find a way to turn it off, rather than putting out the fire that’s causing it</a>. Global warming is no longer a distant threat to future generations: it’s already <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-report-half-degree.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-report-half-degree.html">affecting the quality of life and the prospects of survival of life on the planet</a>, unless they intend to die within a few years. To ignore it, to discuss it or to deny it is to waste precious time.</p> <p class="graf graf–p">What can we do to help avoid this? Individual sacrifice poses a problem: nobody is prepared to trade in their comfort or quality of life if everybody else is doing nothing. Such an approach is not just hard, but possibly meaningless, one implies sacrifice and loss of competitiveness, while the other reflects the habits established over generations. However, there are some approaches that can help us make more coherent decisions regarding the magnitude of the problem:</p> <p class="graf graf–p">Firstly, to understand that our current evolution is completely unsustainable. Stopping this implies ignoring the fundamental dogma of capitalism: economic growth. <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/26/economic-growth-fossil-fuels-habit-oil-industry" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/26/economic-growth-fossil-fuels-habit-oil-industry">Most of what causes global warming is done in the name of the supposed need for economic growth at all costs</a>. Alternative technologies to fossil fuels exist, but we don’t use them because it would shut down entire industries, boost unemployment and bring about multimillion-dollar losses for powerful companies. The blame here lies with our economists, who for decades have defended unsustainable economic growth at all costs. The planet, like everything, has its limits.</p> <p> </p> <p class="graf graf–p">At the same time, we need to identify the economic activities with the potential to create value from the opportunities that global warming presents. As the evidence mounts, society needs to adapt and change its ideas, leading us hopefully to a turning point when we all reject products and services that generate CO2 emissions, replacing them with others that at the least do not contribute to the problem. We are possibly facing the most important paradigm shift in our history, and to think that this will not create opportunities for entrepreneurs and for those capable of understanding this is blind. The entrepreneurs of the future see global warming as an important opportunity, one capable of generating income in exchange for a net environmental improvement.</p> <p class="graf graf–p">Second: technology helps. But it does so at its own pace: it is only possible to lower the cost of technology to make it competitive through economies of scale and learning. Tesla has practically achieved this: while many laugh at its production difficulties, as if it were easy to go from being a manufacturer with no experience in mass production to producing <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://electrek.co/2018/10/02/tesla-q3-production-deliveries/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://electrek.co/2018/10/02/tesla-q3-production-deliveries/">80,000 vehicles each quarter</a>, outselling consolidated brands such as <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://insideevs.com/tesla-out-delivers-porsche-in-q3/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://insideevs.com/tesla-out-delivers-porsche-in-q3/">Porsche</a>, <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://amp.businessinsider.com/tesla-just-outsold-mercedes-benz-in-the-us-for-the-first-time-2018-10" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://amp.businessinsider.com/tesla-just-outsold-mercedes-benz-in-the-us-for-the-first-time-2018-10">Mercedes Benz</a> or <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-outsold-bmw-passenger-cars/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-outsold-bmw-passenger-cars/">BMW</a>, becoming <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/08/tesla-model-3-is-1-top-selling-american-car-in-usa/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/08/tesla-model-3-is-1-top-selling-american-car-in-usa/">the best-selling American car in the United States</a>, and doing so with a model that despite its price tag, is <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/07/tesla-model-3-total-cost-of-ownership-estimate-crushing-it/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/07/tesla-model-3-total-cost-of-ownership-estimate-crushing-it/">cheaper to run than its competitors</a> and also <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://electrek.co/2018/10/07/tesla-model-3-lowest-probability-of-injury-nhtsa/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://electrek.co/2018/10/07/tesla-model-3-lowest-probability-of-injury-nhtsa/">much safer</a>. Does this mean that we should all buy a Tesla? Obviously not, as much as anything because it’s not possible. But we must press all vehicle manufacturers to <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2018/09/06/seven-reasons-why-the-internal-combustion-engine-is-a-dead-man-walking-updated/" target="_self" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="InternalLink:https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2018/09/06/seven-reasons-why-the-internal-combustion-engine-is-a-dead-man-walking-updated/">abandon the internal combustion engine</a> and focus on electric vehicles, which <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://electrek.co/2017/01/30/electric-vehicle-battery-cost-dropped-80-6-years-227kwh-tesla-190kwh/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://electrek.co/2017/01/30/electric-vehicle-battery-cost-dropped-80-6-years-227kwh-tesla-190kwh/">in turn will bring radically down the cost of batteries</a>. The <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.axios.com/electric-vehicles-one-million-us-energy-1b6c9776-aa32-429c-b9df-7a6dc15519a9.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.axios.com/electric-vehicles-one-million-us-energy-1b6c9776-aa32-429c-b9df-7a6dc15519a9.html">million electric vehicles in circulation in the United States represent an important milestone</a>, but we must go much further.</p>

<p class="graf graf–p">This means deciding that <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45786690" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45786690">the last car we bought was actually that: the last</a>, unless we have the means to go electric. Not buying a new car is the best way to pressure the automobile industry to change: we don’t really benefit from buying a new vehicle, but imagine what could be achieved if the car companies were forced to start manufacturing electric vehicles because nobody wants their dirty old diesel and gasoline models.</p> <p class="graf graf–p">Once again technology is crucial: tremendous progress is being made with autonomous vehicles as they <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/10/waymo-clocks-10-million-self-driven-miles-on-public-roads-double-in-8-months/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/10/waymo-clocks-10-million-self-driven-miles-on-public-roads-double-in-8-months/">acquire more and more experience on the roads</a>, convincing regulators to <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/10/4/17936576/self-driving-car-av-guidelines-3-nhtsa-elaine-chao" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/10/4/17936576/self-driving-car-av-guidelines-3-nhtsa-elaine-chao">pass new laws to facilitate their spread</a>. Start thinking about your quality of life when you are free from an underutilized car and when, in addition<strong class="markup–strong markup–p-strong">, </strong><a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90250283/can-we-have-both-efficient-self-driving-cars-and-walkable-livable-communities" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.fastcompany.com/90250283/can-we-have-both-efficient-self-driving-cars-and-walkable-livable-communities">cities have been redesigned to make them safe places to walk, ride a bicycle, use electric scooters or fleets of autonomous vehicles</a>, free from the chaotic tyranny of the motor car. Visualize this, and then start lobbying your city or town hall: the sooner the better.</p> <p class="graf graf–p">Transport contributes more than a third of emissions, but it’s not the only area where we need to act. Heating, air conditioning and the supply chain are responsible for a large part of emissions and there is much we can do here, from responsible consumption by buying locally produced goods to making our homes more energy efficient, as well as reducing the consumption of certain foods, such as meat, particularly beef, as well as flying less frequently. All this may generate alarm in the affected industries, but we have to accept that we have no alternatives.</p> <p class="graf graf–p">Technology, again, can help. Progress is being made to <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://medium.com/mit-technology-review/maybe-we-can-afford-to-suck-co2-out-of-the-sky-after-all-999317248532" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://medium.com/mit-technology-review/maybe-we-can-afford-to-suck-co2-out-of-the-sky-after-all-999317248532">methods to extract CO2 from the atmosphere to bury it</a> and even used to <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="http://news.mit.edu/2018/self-healing-material-carbon-air-1011" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://news.mit.edu/2018/self-healing-material-carbon-air-1011">fix certain materials when they break</a>, offering the potential for a viable carbon economy with neutral or even negative emissions.</p> <p class="graf graf–p"><a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-09/the-end-of-coal-could-be-closer-than-it-looks" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-09/the-end-of-coal-could-be-closer-than-it-looks">The end of coal could be in sight</a>, although it will require <a class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" href="https://medium.com/mit-technology-review/how-the-science-of-persuasion-could-change-the-politics-of-climate-change-610a29ba98e4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://medium.com/mit-technology-review/how-the-science-of-persuasion-could-change-the-politics-of-climate-change-610a29ba98e4">piling more pressure on governments and politicians</a>, not only to embarrass them for their short-sightedness, but to throw them out if they don’t change their ways. Climate change has to stop being a well-intentioned side issue and instead recognized as the most important, decisive and fundamental question we all face.</p> <p class="graf graf–p">Change is possible. But we have to act fast, rather than waiting for a miracle: we have to understand what is happening, inform ourselves and make the right demands on the right people, even if we think these impinge on our individual freedoms, our comfort or force us to make sacrifices most us are not prepared to make yet. The fire alarm is ringing: we ignore it at our peril.</p>”>

Scholars yell and dangle up indicators at a rally for blank power in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. California stands in “whole opposition” to a Trump management plan to scrap a coverage slashing climate-changing emissions from energy vegetation, its most sensible air legit stated Wednesday at a U.S. listening to in a state serving to lead the combat towards international warming. (AP Photograph/Jeff Chiu)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Alternate’s (IPCC) fresh alarming record silences the pseudo-scientific idiots who for years have denied the proof and put humanity on course to disaster: we should trade or face extinction. It’s like there’s a hearth alarm ringing within the kitchen, and we’re asking if it’s actual or a dream, if we will have to forget about it or whether or not we will have to give you the option to show it off, somewhat than placing out the fireplace that’s inflicting it. World warming is not danger to long run generations: it’s already affecting the standard of lifestyles and the potentialities of survival of lifestyles on the earth, except they intend to die inside of a couple of years. To forget about it, to talk about it or to disclaim it’s to waste valuable time.

What are we able to do to assist steer clear of this? Person sacrifice poses an issue: no person is ready to business of their convenience or high quality of lifestyles if everyone else is doing not anything. Such an means isn’t just exhausting, however in all probability meaningless, one implies sacrifice and lack of competitiveness, whilst the opposite displays the conduct established over generations. Alternatively, there are some approaches that may assist us make extra coherent selections in regards to the magnitude of the issue:

In the beginning, to needless to say our present evolution is totally unsustainable. Preventing this means ignoring the elemental dogma of capitalism: financial expansion. Maximum of what reasons international warming is completed within the title of the intended want for financial expansion in any respect prices. Choice applied sciences to fossil fuels exist, however we don’t use them as a result of it could close down complete industries, spice up unemployment and produce about multimillion-dollar losses for robust corporations. The blame right here lies with our economists, who for many years have defended unsustainable financial expansion in any respect prices. The planet, like the entirety, has its limits.

On the identical time, we wish to determine the industrial actions with the prospective to create worth from the alternatives that international warming items. Because the proof mounts, society wishes to evolve and alter its concepts, main us confidently to a turning level after we all reject services and products that generate CO2 emissions, changing them with others that at least don’t give a contribution to the issue. We’re in all probability dealing with an important paradigm shift in our historical past, and to suppose that this is not going to create alternatives for marketers and for the ones able to working out that is blind. The marketers of the longer term see international warming as a very powerful alternative, one able to producing source of revenue in trade for a internet environmental development.

2d: generation is helping. However it does so at its personal tempo: it’s only conceivable to decrease the price of generation to make it aggressive via economies of scale and studying. Tesla has nearly accomplished this: whilst many chortle at its manufacturing difficulties, as though it had been simple to head from being a producer with out a enjoy in mass manufacturing to generating 80,000 automobiles each and every quarter, outselling consolidated manufacturers comparable to Porsche, Mercedes Benz or BMW, turning into the best-selling American automobile in the US, and doing so with a style that in spite of its price ticket, is less expensive to run than its competition and in addition a lot more secure. Does this imply that we will have to all purchase a Tesla? Clearly no longer, up to the rest as it’s no longer conceivable. However we should press all car producers to abandon the interior combustion engine and concentrate on electrical automobiles, which in flip will deliver radically down the price of batteries. The million electrical automobiles in flow in the US constitute a very powerful milestone, however we should cross a lot additional.

This implies deciding that the remaining automobile we purchased used to be in reality that: the remaining, except we now have the way to head electrical. No longer purchasing a brand new automobile is the easiest way to drive the auto trade to switch: we don’t in reality get pleasure from purchasing a brand new car, however believe what may well be accomplished if the automobile corporations had been pressured to start out production electrical automobiles as a result of no person desires their grimy outdated diesel and gas fashions.

As soon as once more generation is an important: super development is being made with independent automobiles as they gain increasingly more enjoy at the roads, convincing regulators to cross new rules to facilitate their unfold. Get started interested by your high quality of lifestyles when you find yourself loose from an underutilized automobile and when, as well as, towns were redesigned to cause them to secure puts to stroll, experience a bicycle, use electrical scooters or fleets of independent automobiles, loose from the chaotic tyranny of the motor automobile. Visualize this, after which get started lobbying your town or the town corridor: the earlier the simpler.

Shipping contributes greater than a 3rd of emissions, nevertheless it’s no longer the one space the place we wish to act. Heating, air con and the provision chain are answerable for a big a part of emissions and there’s a lot we will be able to do right here, from accountable intake via purchasing in the community produced items to creating our houses extra power environment friendly, in addition to decreasing the intake of sure meals, comparable to meat, specifically pork, in addition to flying much less continuously. All this will likely generate alarm within the affected industries, however we need to settle for that we don’t have any choices.

Era, once more, can assist. Development is being made to how you can extract CO2 from the ambience to bury it or even used to repair sure fabrics after they smash, providing the potential of a viable carbon financial system with impartial and even adverse emissions.

The tip of coal may well be in sight, even if it’s going to require piling extra drive on governments and politicians, no longer best to embarrass them for his or her short-sightedness, however to throw them out in the event that they don’t trade their techniques. Local weather trade has to prevent being a well-intentioned aspect factor and as a substitute known as an important, decisive and elementary query all of us face.

Alternate is conceivable. However we need to act speedy, somewhat than looking forward to a miracle: we need to perceive what is going on, tell ourselves and make the precise calls for at the proper folks, despite the fact that we expect those impinge on our particular person freedoms, our convenience or pressure us to make sacrifices maximum us aren’t ready to make but. The hearth alarm is ringing: we forget about it at our peril.

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