Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Getting Cool

Almost every week there are new scientific findings proving humans are impacting our climate. Compound this with the increasingly polarization of American politics and it safe to assume things are heating up on many fronts. People’s passions, fears, despairs and frustrations are running high. Fittingly change is needed to temper our climate situation.

These weather changes are highly correlated with temperature rises.  All these factors are connected.  Global warming is leading to increased biomass factors that adds to more melting of ice changing surface of ocean impacting major circulation patterns.

8,000 years ago-humans’ first impacted this planet with great deforestation. European heat wave used to be 1 in every 500 year event, now there is the potential for this to happen every other year.

The rapid rate of climate change threatens not just our energy and food but our very quality of life. We need local, state, national and world-wide action to buffer against global warming. We know enough to act now, to put us on a path to slow, and if science permits, stop global warming.  However, we lack an American will to agree that climate change is a serious and long-term crisis with potential to affect every part of the globe.

What can one person do? First getting heated about the problem does not help. Next cool down and become part of the solution not emotional problem. Since our very future is dependent on profiting from climate stabilization.

How can we stimulate public participating in preventative measures when our current economic system does not adequately reward such endeavors?  Public demand and bipartisan support are fundamental to changing our stuffy climate with a new awareness, ingenuity!

Lessening our impact on the planet, people, and fragile emotional health is road to now travel. Simple planning, to save more and pollute less is an art form that already millions of Americans share in. 

Our entire world culture must adapt its ways to survive. First, human population growth must be moderated.  Our entire consumption society must shift to one of conservation.  We can adapt ourselves as a well rounded society without extremes of poverty, and wealth.  Also we can find prosperity when we juggle the shortages of water, accumulation of wastes and the damage to biodiversity to show respect for all things in this world. 

Conserving root comes from two words.  Con which can mean to examine carefully, persuade, and steer or even an opposing view.  Serve means to work for, prepare, and offer and to complete.  Together conserving means to protect from loss and harm: to prevent from waste, injury; to economize.  When people conserve, they wake up to how we all are connected.  Our prosperity has a ripple effect.  Conservation is cool!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Billions to Trillions in Eco-security Investments

Time to act is quickly ticking away.  If we are going to secure our future it is going to be the rich to champion it.   No longer can we wait since the fate of our prosperity is in the balance. Today we have nearly 800 billionaires and some are trail blazers for conservation.  One example, Bill Gates, is funding fossil free energy sources shifting from vaccines to greater global environmental issues.

Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Michael Bloomberg, Ted Turner, George Soros, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and others see the wisdom in green philanthropy. These leaders are investing into alternative energy technologies, biodiversity, green buildings, and numerous other ventures to promote our future prosperity.

Branson, Dell, Turner and others are running their corporate operations by minimizing their footprint with everything from planting trees to green fuels. Bloomberg wishes on making building 80 percent more energy efficient.  Brin and Page are promoting smart cars and plug in vehicles.  
Critical is that our weathly leaders develop a coordinated blueprint to keep the temperatures down in our rapidly feverish global warming situation. 

Change can only be stimulated by those who can afford to take the risk for greater gain.  For the last decades major environmental economic advancements have been hampered by the idea that conservation hinders economic growth.  Madison Avenue has promoted an impoverished attitude advocating conspicuous consumption.  This "ending is better than mending" mentality now must be discarded.  Are we affluent or effluent Americans, waste makers or risk takers?

Hopefully new innovative eco-developments will spurn hundreds of other billionaires to a green economic revolution. Our environmental economics are still in the infancy since we still take for granted our free air, water and land resources.  No longer can we allow the philosophy of , "if it is not broke, we do not need to fix it," since it has been broken for years. The yearly cost of dumping on our earth cost us
 is in the trillions affecting the health and safety of billions of living things. 

This crisis requires an international green social security fund providing this planet with long term financial assurance investements.  Such initiatives will minimize eco-terrorism and create future micro economic stimulus to fund such green infra-structure developments.

Without some integrated world financial enterprises our quality of life is in jeopardy.  Add up more people, consumption, degradation with less resources and time.  Pope Francis, and other leaders share in the same conclusion; we are facing a dangerous situation due to human mismanagement and neglect. 

Years ago I co-wrote an article with two other experts on landfill financing called,  Dump Now, Pay Latter."  Environmental controls and conservation measures will not happen unless we create greater incentives.  There is not a credible economist today how has not advocated a carbon tax, including the Exxon Corporation.  Years ago I worked with the American Petroleum Institute who promoted consumer used motor oil recycling by placing tax on each quart of motor oil.  Such measures are most successful in insuring product stewardship. If we do not make it easy and simple to conserve people will not participate.  For example more people recycle in the U.S. then vote.

I challenge you to do the numbers.  Just follow how the Fortune 500 world has profited from pollution prevention and waste reduction.  Output over input equals productivity. Efficiency is about saving time, human and resource capital. Finally, do the research of what the economic and insurance experts forcast. If the human species does not have a green eco-awakening it too may go extinct. Without a green one percent revolution our future does not appear promising.


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