My Climate Solution

We Hold the Future in Our Hands

You may have noticed that in spite of all my posts about climate change I have been silent on the subject during these past weeks. Whilst the Copenhagen Climate Conference has been filling the media, blogs and my spare time I have decided to keep my blog free of yet another Copenhagen report. If you would like to learn about the (mostly) disappointing results of the conference I suggest you go elsewhere.

The alternative for me is to discuss solutions instead of pointing fingers. This is a pivotal time in the history of our species – not our nation or group of nations, the whole world – all of humanity is at stake here. Time is short for positive action.

There are so many solutions out there – many that will work, many that will not. We should be conservative and aim for strong goals with multiple redundancies. It would be rash to place all our eggs in one basket. The worst thing that happens if we are over conservative in our efforts is we have less climate change harm and a more sustainable society. The worst thing that happens if we are not conservative enough is (besides wasted efforts) runaway climate destabilization that kills millions, threatens billions more and irreversibly alters the very face of human society on Earth (not to mention the planet itself).

I have done some research, as much as I can, and written about possible solutions for adverting climate destabilization. Ultimately I can talk all I want about what needs to be done, but by this point you have probably heard more than a few ideas of solutions. In truth, what our governments do is incredibly important if we want to transform our societies into sustainable versions. However, the people are likely to do the changes and prepare for the shift regardless of the talking heads in the state house.

In the End, It Doesn’t Really Matter

Despite all my talk, and all the talk of others, about this plan or that plan, this provision or that provision, it doesn’t matter. The group must as a whole make a change. While the heads of state continue to negotiate (argue) and waste time, people on every continent have formed thousands of groups to make these changes. The movement is coming, regardless of what the governments end up doing. My hope is for government to clue in before the wave washes over them.

Those of us who join or form these groups will be more resilient to the changes coming to our world (they will come, it’s a matter of severity at this point). We will have re-learned so many things our society has conditioned out of us: how to live off the land, how to create and build with what the Earth gives us, how to live within our ecological means.

So here’s my climate solution: pressure your country through action. Join the transition town network, advocate carbon rationing, eliminate wasteful habits, be a model to those around you, buy and eat local and seasonal, vote for people who will make local and governmental changes, make positive community choices and prepare for the coming changes. When the politicians are trying to use their paper or digital money to buy the means of survival, we will have already adopted the real wealth needed to survive the next century.

If the governments clue in to the music in time then we might maintain some semblance of a global society during this century. We must on a local and individual level prepare for the eventuality that they will not catch on in time, while campaigning for them to do so. Prepare for the worst, plan for the best.

2 thoughts on “My Climate Solution”

  1. Good call, Joshua. Was it Tom Friedman who said, “Don’t change your lightbulbs – change your leaders.” Or do both! But I think pressuring governments in a collective way is one of the biggest tasks ahead of us – alongside changing the way business works and, somehow, rewriting the cultural messages we’re soak in everyday.

    Individual action is wonderful, and, in my experience, pays surprising personal dividends like getting reacquainted with the natural world and finding time to reflect. But unsustainability is a *systemic* issue – so I think that means we gotta change systems, not just individuals.

    1. Yea, I agree. There is definitely a need for government/social/society change. I think the individual has both a moral (integrity) reason to make the change, as well as a leadership/driving change role on a small (and sometimes big) level. Two go hand-in-hand for sure. It seems most of us make the individual changes for those reasons, anyway.


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