19 May Who Speaks for the Earth
“Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancien…
Who Speaks for the Earth
Who Speaks for the Earth? A question that I’ve been contemplating with both my head and heart for awhile. It looks like others that have come before me have grappled with this as well as I fortunately stumbled across a video by the iconic Carl Sagan, Cosmos by Carl Sagan – Episode 13: Who Speaks For Earth.
Covid 19 has caused devastation across the world, but the one bright spot in all of this is the visible relief on the planet. With the reduction of boat traffic and noise pollution, wildlife is once again resurfacing in all it’s splendor across the oceans. Reduced air and road traffic have temporarily lifted the heavy smog that normally blankets the skys across many countries. It’s as if we’re all bearing witness to the earth as she temporarily returns to her natural, pristine and beautiful self. We are collectively seeing and experiencing the earth as her lungs are enabled to breathe again.
Animals have begun reclaiming the empty streets and without us humans in the way nature is thriving. The lockdowns have caused nitrogen dioxyde pollution lev…
The pandemic also makes evident our failure to respond to the climate crisis. Climate scientists gently remind us that although this is a nice reprieve, we need at least 30 more years of this to drastically reduce climate change. Pre-Covid 19, we were seeing the ever increasing catastrophic effects of global warming, including deadly wildfires from Australia to California, floods and rising tides in South Asia as well as profound biodiversity loss in the Amazon.
The 2018 report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the current rate, we’ll not only experience extreme temperatures, but unprecedented coastal flooding and drought, a decimated ecosystem with a high probability of irreversible climate change. The World Health Organization also estimates that there will be approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress. According to the 2019 UN Health Report, increasing land and ocean heat, accelerating sea level rise and melting ice, contributed to making 2019 the second warmest year on record. Scroll down and download the full report.
The Coronavirus has also demonstrated humanity at it’s best. The bravery and sacrifice of so many. How we all come together when catastrophe hits. We collaborate and share our collective knowledge, whether to create vaccines or develop treatments to help patients survive. Watch this fantastic segment from CBS Sunday Morning on how the plasma treatments came about, I promise it will leave you inspired. This is collaboration at it’s finest!
“Author Bill McKibben, on this recent 60 Minutes piece says “we now have an opportunity to flatten another curve after coronavirus: “Flatten the carbon curve too… Then people might look back in 50 years at this time and thank us, you know, instead of curse us.”
It was precisely 100 years ago that, coming off the one-two punch of World War I and the Spanish flu, Warren Harding popularized a phrase and ran for president on the slogan “Return to Normalcy.” He won the election, but there was no normalcy. There was a roaring and rambunctious decade that ended with a Depression.
Perhaps amidst all the horrors that Coronavirus leaves in it’s wake, there’s an invitation for us to rebuild a better world. Afterall, the virus has managed to expose the many weaknesses and cracks in society’s systems. It appears that the poor and elderly are being more subjected to the virus and are dying at an alarmingly higher and disproportionate rate. We’ve also discovered how ill prepared and dependant we were in terms of the production of emergency supplies. How dependant do we want to be on other countries for our vital needs, is it smart to be producing mostly everything off shore.
When we build this better world it must be a smarter, more equitable and humane society. We must build a better world that respects nature and the planet. We are custodians of this earth, not her overlords. Nature is not something that’s outside of us, we are a part and one with her. When we destroy her, we’re effectively destroying ourselves.
For too long, we’ve poisoned the earth’s soils, rivers and oceans and plundered her forests. All which are the life blood and lungs of the planet, Species and ecosystems have been forced to adapt, leaving many at the breaking point and brink of extinction. What are our values as a human species? Are our lives so removed from nature that we no longer understand how intricately connected we are? In our insatiable quest for more products and services, who gave us the right to ravage the earth . If we can figure out how to send a man to the moon and rovers to mars, we have the technology and know how to create a world that treasures and protects natures gifts. Nicolas Tesla figured out how to provide free energy to the world in a manner that didn’t rape the earth. Victor Schauberger, who also lived over a hundred years ago, understood the nature of water and how to prevent mass flooding and water shortagest that he predicted would eventually happen over the span of time, due to the mismanagement of water use and it’s implementation. I hope for all of our sakes, this next post COVID era will usher in as One Tree Planted called “the restoration economy”. But ultimately, before we can look to change the world out there, change must begin within. Change yourself first, as only then can we collectively build our dreams of a better world.
Pausing the World to Fight Coronavirus Has Carbon Emissions Down-But True Climate Success Looks Like More Action, Not Less
Even if carbon emissions are down due to COVID-19, true climate success doesn’t look anything like today’s situation, writes Gernot Wagner.
Read the full report of the UN secretary general’s view of the way forward in 2020
Addressing climate change is a big enough idea to revive the economy. By Ms. Gunn-Wright is director of climate policy at the Roosevelt Institute. On the last Friday in March, I lost hope. I have always believed in America: not in our inherent goodness – I am too black for that – but in our sheer animal will to survive.
The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis that demands immediate and decisive action. Governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures to contain the virus to avoid the dire consequences of an uncontrolled COVID-19 outbreak.Those measures, extraordinary as they are, hold important lessons for the other, bigger crisis we face: climate change.
The effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on energy systems and environmental policy in Europe was discussed at a recent machine learning and climate change workshop, along with the help artificial intelligence can offer to those planning electricity access in Africa.