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Knowledge in service of Action (Global Warming)

This page is continuously being renovated to accommodate new ideas and resources. Your input is welcome.

Knowledge must lead to action. There is much to do if we are to be effective in stopping global warming and everyone has something that they can contribute. Following are several (9) battle ground areas of knowledge / action. Some areas require participation of those with specialized training, knowledge & skills. Other areas are open for everyone. Those who want to contribute effectively must gain general knowledge in multiple areas and specific knowledge skills and abilities in one area. No one can afford to sit on the sidelines on this one. Please let me know of good links that I have not included.


On being a Climate Hawk

For those unfamiliar with the term, a Climate Hawk is 
an individual, concerned for the common good, for whom "the risks of Global warming are sufficient to warrant a robust response", personally and/or collectively (quote by David Roberts). This identifies those with concerns of Global Warming above all other environmental interests. Dr. Joe Romm has also posted on the subject. A Climate Hawk has a responsibly to become informed as a basis for intelligent action. There are a lot of areas that a climate hawk can engage to help. Hopefully, the following is useful in that regard. To publicly identify ones self as a Climate Hawk is the simplest action .


Guide to Climate Change

Guide to Climate Skepticism

Real Climate

Climate Progress


Storms of My Grandchildren, the Book

Wit's End Trees & links to related research


Understanding the Science & Global Warming
Everyone desiring intelligent action on global warming has a responsibility to understand the science to a degree. However, only trained scientists can direct the expansion of the body of knowledge, the collection and analysis of data, the assimilation of their work with the work of others and other activities associated with the scientific method. It is absolutely necessary that science correctly understands the changes occurring, currently and in the future, and what can be done to arrest the changes and return the climate to its pre-industrial stability. I suppose, individuals interested in funding scientific research can participate in this area. There are probably opportunities for untrained personnel to assist in the effort.

Understanding Solutions to Global Warming
The solution to global warming involves many sectors of the economy, maybe all, and revolves around stabilizing atmospheric CO2 at between 350 and 450 parts per million.  Many aspects of our lives will change in the course of this effort. In many ways for the better. This effort goes way beyond changing light bulbs and placing insulation in our attics. It begins with ending the burning of fossil fuels to create energy.


Full Global Warming Solution 

Climate Progress


Rob Hoskins: Transition to a world without oil.


Understanding the world without fossil fuels.
We seem to lack a positive vision for what life will be like without fossil fuel. Going towards something positive may pull more people than avoiding something unimaginably horrible. I believe a technological and cultural renaissance could result from the efforts to recover from global warming. I refer to this as Renaissance 2.0, referencing the first awakening in western culture that occurred during the 15th & 16th centuries. R-2.0 will result from us learning to work with nature instead of against it. The industrial revolution will look like a false start when viewed from some settled place in the future. 

In this section I would like to promote a strong positive vision for a future where growing numbers of people are finding an easier time in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness after we stop burning fossil fuels. This is a progressive vision. The gloom, doom and loss is easy to find. No wonder no one wants to go there or even think about it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, references to follow.
 

Rob Hoskins: Transition to a world without oil.



Understanding the world without fossil fuels.
We seem to lack a positive vision for what life will be like without fossil fuel. Going towards something positive may pull more people than avoiding something unimaginably horrible. I believe a technological and cultural renaissance could result from the efforts to recover from global warming. I refer to this as Renaissance 2.0, referencing the first awakening in western culture that occurred during the 15th & 16th centuries. R-2.0 will result from us learning to work with nature instead of against it. The industrial revolution will look like a false start when viewed from some settled place in the future. 

In this section I would like to promote a strong positive vision for a future where growing numbers of people are finding an easier time in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness after we stop burning fossil fuels. This is a progressive vision. The gloom, doom and loss is easy to find. No wonder no one wants to go there or even think about it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, references to follow.
 

Understanding Invention, Entrepreneurship & Global Warming
This is my personal favorite. The act of applying creativity and financial power in order to make current dirty technologies obsolete in a free market, to invent the future; new products, materials, methods. Everyone has an idea of how something in their lives can be done better, maybe using less energy, maybe using only renewable energy. The transition provides the opportunity to re-invent just about everything.

The Sheer Ecstacy of being a Lunatic Farmer, the book

Cradle to Cradle, the book


Climate Change Across Global Warmings Six Americas

Merchants of Doubt, the book

Climate Progress


The Climate War , the book


Understanding Politics & Global Warming
Legislation will be required to coordinate and stabilize change at the rate necessary to combat global warming and is, therefore, a significant factor in moving forward and politics can be an ugly business. Our efforts in this area include 1) electing representatives who support our cause and 2) generating appropriate and effective legislation and 3) rallying public support for legislation as it becomes available for vote. The political debate, what little there is, is currently dominated by conflict between the climate scientists and much more powerful individuals with business interests. The work of the former suggests massive risk if we don’t change our ways immediately, while the drive of the latter is to reinforce the status quo and remove all industry regulation, as well. From the science side, an effective winning strategy has not surfaced so the effort is largely defensive. We have lost our most powerful spokesman, the president of the United States. A few years ago, polling data suggested that an overwhelming majority supported legislative action on global warming. It appears that this majority is currently reduced.

Understanding Changing Lifestyle & Global Warming
In my vision of the future, people use what they need (and my definition of human need is broad). They focus their tendency for excess on creativity and things that do not degrade environmental systems. They clean up after themselves. They do most things that they are doing now, just with greater efficiency and limited environmental impact. In my vision they will also be doing great and positive things that we have not and/or cannot yet imagine. And most importantly, they will be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

 
The Regeneration Project

350.org

Step One - A conversation

Rising Tide

Rob Hoskins: Transition to a world without oil. Transition Network

Seven talks with Tim DeChristopher


Understanding Activism to Stop Global Warming 
To simplify things, there are two targets of activism, public (political realm) and private (institutional and personal), and two methods, Positive (to create something) and negative (to erase something). Create a 4-square matrix and place positive and negative on the left with public and private across the bottom. To be effective, activisms should occur in each of the 4 quadrants. Get busy, get creative, its open season, baby. The focus of actions must be to do “good”, not “less bad”. Making your house use 20% less energy is a good thing but it is “less bad”. Making your building 80% more efficient and providing the reduced energy demand from clean, renewable sources is “good”. Undertake effective actions that others can copy and share these actions with & encourage others.

Understanding Making & Consuming Things & Global Warming
In my opinion, this is the most complicated area and the most intricately connected to human desire and habit. Therefore, it is the trickiest to change. I am linking making and consumption because we all work, making things for others to consume. This is one of the primary act of modern culture. Most of our energy and other physical resources are tied up in this process. Most of our waste, including but not limited to CO2, is generated in this process.

inhabitat.com