A. “An Introduction to the Brainstorming 50% by 2030 Campaign”
(37 pages; 926KB; April-May, 2019)
[Note: I tried to add the files associated with the two papers commented on in this blog post, but the files did not show up. So readers interested in exploring these papers can find them on the homepage of The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative, at www.cpcsi.org ]
This “Brainstorming 50% by 2030” Campaign proposes to streamline to the frontlines of public discourse the best 5-10 page overviews of how we can achieve a 50% reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030–and thereby catalyze local Community Visioning Initiatives, and contribute significantly to maximizing “all hands on deck” participation in positive tipping point activity.
The “Brainstorming 50% by 2030” Campaign identifies institutions and organizations which are already contributing in trustworthy, verifiable, and peer-evaluated ways to guiding public discourse towards achieving 1.5oC–and asks them to provide a 5-10 page overview of the best ways to decrease emissions by 50% by 2030. Key Difficulty Overcome: a significant majority of people around the world are not aware of the thousands of highly credible organizations and institutions leading 1.5C discourse and action. 5-10 page overviews from these thousands will bring home to many people how significant the credibility is. Further, since there are still three to eight decades of unprecedented cultural transformation ahead of us, the “Brainstorming 50% by 2030” Campaign also makes an open call for papers to people from all varieties of educational backgrounds, economic circumstances, occupations, and cultural backgrounds–and asks them to submit a 5-10 page overview of the best ways to decrease emissions by 50% by 2030.
100-150 of the best 5-10 page overviews can function as a needs assessment–of the kind which precedes local Community Visioning Initiatives (as such will help residents see the need for Community Visioning and many supporting Neighborhood Learning Centers). Universities and colleges–which are already far advanced in recognizing and implementing climate change solutions–will be natural lead organizations for building the partnerships necessary to carry out Community Visioning Initiatives in their local community.
Such 5-10 page overviews can also be a key resource for the “over 540 local govt” which have declared Climate Emergency” (as of 5/28/19)(see https://www.theclimatemobilization.org/climate-emergency-campaign).
B. Re-introduction to the “Harvest Song”
(78 pages; 3.9MB; November-December, 2018)
Here is a list of some of the unprecedented challenges which, in addition to Climate Breakdown, also need immediate attention (though incomplete, “a word to the wise is sufficient”).
Cultures of Violence, Greed, Corruption, Cynicism, and Overindulgence; Global Debt; Global Inequities and the Cycles of Malnutrition, Disease, and Death; 6th Extinction Event; Gender Equality; More Health Care and Education Accessibility; Assimilating Accelerating Migration and Displacement; Improving Water Access and Sanitation; Decreasing Meat and Dairy Emissions; Limiting Deforestation; Eliminating Cement Emissions (with substitutes?); More Equitable and Circular Food Systems (including Significantly Reducing Food Waste); Protection Against Floods at Chemical Sites; Creating Acceptable Radioactive Waste Disposal; Significantly Improved Solid Waste Management (especially efforts approaching Zero Waste); Ocean Health Management; Reducing Plastic Pollution; Reducing Cyber Threats; Increasing Media Literacy)
Chapters 1 and 2 of “Harvest Song” provide copies of tweets from the Twitter Platform, excerpts from articles such tweets refer to, many statistics, and some commentary by this writer. Those two chapters include more than sufficient evidence that:
a) We are at one of the most critical crossroads in the history of life on Planet Earth
b) There is no culture or association of societies that ever existed on planet Earth which has had to resolve the kind of challenges the next few generations of people will have to resolve.
Chapters 3 and 4 of “Harvest Song” provide more copies of tweets, excerpts from articles such tweets refer to, many statistics, and some commentary by this writer, and include more than sufficient evidence for a successful outcome to the challenges of our times.
It is especially important for us to be very careful about what we are trying to preserve–as in carry into the future. Many of the “benefits of advanced civilization” may become burdens instead of benefits, if we try to carry them into a future involving drastically reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions–where even the smallest of positive margins might cause a tipping point go our way.
This writer has given much attention, in many of his writings, to the following:
If many people can learn to find contentment and quality of life while consuming much less material goods and ecological services, this limiting of desires at the “root” will save much trouble trying to respond to the consequences–of unrestrained, or unexamined desires–as they materialize worldwide.
Specifically, this writer prefers priorities (for urgently and drastically cutting global emissions) be given to small cities, towns, and villages:
–which have less complex infrastructure and less complex vulnerabilities
–which are more sustainable-friendly in the long run
–where more emphasis can be given to downsizing and focusing on what basic necessities are most needed
–where it is easier to see the consequences of our actions and
–where a truly natural circular economy (sewage treatment; food miles; less packaging; zero waste; etc.) is much easier to implement, and more likely to actually happen.
“The smaller the circumference, the more accurately can we gauge the results of our actions, and (the) more conscientiously shall we be able to fulfill our obligations as trustees.” (J.C. Kumarappa, economist who worked with Mahatma Gandhi)