Monday, February 10, 2014

Seeds of Hope

Addressing climate change is our greatest challenge.  It directly threatens hundreds and millions of people and shortly billions will be impacted. Water, food, housing, health and human rights are all in peril. Every person on this planet will be affected. However the less fortunate are most vulnerable.  It is up to the rich to champion climate justice and lessen this risk for future generations. The developing world needs both support and tools for a carbon neutral world.

In today’s climate of despair humans must invest in seeds of hope. Can we wake up to face our environmental challenges with responsible bold action?   On many fronts our world is encountering polarization and unresolved questions. Also the present information and debate of what currently is happening is distorted.

Not only is their increase greenhouse gas emission there is an affluent leadership omission.  Can we foresee and forestall this crisis? Sustainable economic measures and a comprehensive global insurance plan are essential. If we do not create financial incentives to reduce these catastrophic costs we will dearly pay for life as we know it.  

How are we going to meet these energy demands and other emerging needs?  This just is one of the daunting issues facing us in this complicated world. For example, the world's demand for energy is likely to double or triple in the next few decades. Over the next six years, additional coal production capacity of a half a million tons will be added worldwide each day. Currently our planet is powered 85% by fossil fuels, supplying the planet with the electricity, heat and mobility at the energy equivalent of 4 trillion gallons of gasoline per year (thirty three times US gasoline consumption). In the last century this international energy system expanded by tenfold with a market value today exceeding $100 trillion, and is now set to expand by twice that amount in just a few decades, as half the world’s population begins to gain modern energy standards.

Also our global crisis is tied to how we relate with young women.  Impoverished 10-14 year old female education is vital to boasting our world economy and a huge future investment.  Such advancements will result in better household management, fewer children and greater equality. When we foster greater awareness around younger females doing more with less will happen. Not only can we help to cut family size but to increase our very quality of life.

Energy, food, water and other resources are becoming in question as well as a moral imperative to best act. Our ethical challenge over climate change has profound implications.  India and China’s two billion plus human contribution compared to Westerner’s affluent concentrated impact overwhelm most.  

Most Americans throw-up their hands resulting in minimal efforts to conserve while a few seek ways to offset their emissions. Further moralizing apart of this crisis is the energy challenge of developing adequate carbon neutral alternatives.  The debate over nuclear power is just one perfect example.   It is complicated to do the right thing in a socio-economic culture that does its best to ignore this impending crisis.   For a myriad of reasons it is easy to rationalize this problem as too big to address. Maybe this is why Australia, Canada and the U.S. have been at the end of the line addressing this issue.

Stimulating new sustainable measures coincides with increasing this entire planet’s well being.  However this will be a monumental challenge. Our livelihood here is dependent that we lessen the plight on the less fortunate and responsibly invest in greater pollution controls.  If we continue to mindlessly exploit people and this planet then we burying our head in the ground with all the other landfilled reusable goods.

It is up two different types of weather or whether.  How our future weather impacts this fragile blue, green planet and whether we become more carbon neutral planting seeds of hope.